Supporters Gather for Presentation on the Geology of Mission Trails.

Members of the Mission Trails Regional Park community gath- ered for a special reception and presentation by Pat Abbott, Ph.D., a world-renowned geologist, pre- senter, and author of numerous books including Geology–Mis- sion Trails Regional Park. A catered reception on the MTRP Visitor Center terrace preceded the presentation, and MTRP sup- porters had the opportunity to mingle and take in the stunning view of Mission Gorge. During his lecture, Dr. Abbott explained the four phases of geologic history of MTRP, looking back over the past 126 million years. As Abbott demonstrated, the rocks within the Park give testimony to very different topographies and cli- mates. This special program was organized to recognize friends and donors of the MTRP Foundation for their dedication and support of MTRP projects, programs, and initiatives. If youโ€™d like to be invited to future donor events, please make a gift to MTRP! For more information, contact MTRP Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Morrissey at (619) 582- 4502 or email mtrp@mtrp.org.

Blind Lady Ale House to Host July 29 Fundraiser for MTRP

The good people at Blind Lady Ale House–our favorite spot for pizza and craft beer–will donate a percentage of all sales on Sun- day, July 29 to support Mission Trails Regional Park! Gather up the friends and head to Blind Lady Ale House (BLAH) anytime that day to enjoy their award-winning pizza and craft beer knowing that your good time is also supporting your park! The funds raised from the event will help bring more schoolchildren to experience MTRP, from elementary school field trips to 6th grade overnight campouts at MTRPโ€™s Kumeyaay Lake Campground. So mark the calendar, tell your friends, and plan to join us. Open Sundays from 11:30am to 12am, Blind Lady Ale House is family friendly and open seating, but bring your ID if you plan to partake. BLAH is located at 3416 Adams Avenue in Normal Heights.

Monthly Educational Events for Families Discovery Tables: 10am-1pm Second Saturday of the MonthFamily Nature Walks: 3pm Fourth Sunday of the Month

Every month, the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) volunteer Trail Guides offer free educational programming for families to further understanding of the animals, plants, and habitats within MTRP.

On the second Saturday of each month from 10am-1pm, the Trail Guides set up a โ€œdiscovery tableโ€ in the Visitor Center lobby where children can experience hands-on learning focusing on a different subject each month. On Saturday, July 14, the topic will be lichens, a slow-growing plant that typically forms a low crust like, leaflike, or branching growth on rocks, walls, and trees; and the August 11 discovery table will explore plant parts.

Also, MTRP Trail Guides offer a Family Nature Walk every fourth Sunday of the month at 3pm, meeting at the MTRP Visitor Center. These walks help children dis- cover the wonder and beauty of nature, and highlight the many changes that occur in the park throughout the year. Summer is when many plants in the park become dormant, but others continue to thrive, and many birds and other animals are still active. The trails used are easy, but have uneven surfaces and some involve steps, so be sure to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring along water. A hat and sunscreen are also recommended. The walks are free and open to the public, with no reservations required, but cancelled if raining.