January is a good time to start healthy activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family. In Orange County there are many parks; walking, cycling, and hiking trails; and water activities in the beautiful Pacific Ocean, just off our shores. Most of them are free or cost very little to enjoy and should be added to all New Year's resolutions as a good way to stay healthy during the year
Saturday, Jan. 19 between noon and 3 p.m. there will be Naturalist led hikes, games, nature crafts and other activities held in Peters Canyon Regional Park, 8548 E. Canyon View Ave, Orange. The 354-acre park is a blend of native vegetation and scenic trails, where one can see wildlife and birds among the groves of willows and black cottonwoods, and where everyone is encouraged to come and participate in the activities. Best of all these are free activities, visit here for more information or call 714-708-3885.
Gray whales migrate off the shores of Southern California between Dec and April each year. With the proximity of the cities along the coast, 'Whale watching' excursions are offered each year from both Dana Point and Newport Beach. Contacting one of these companies will give all the information needed to reserve a place, on the date and time, best suited to each person.
January 19 is "Underwater Parks day". It will take place at 10 a.m. at the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. This event is co-ordinated by Marine Science Centers in Southern California, to help the public to learn about "underwater parks", explore the species, habitats and resources that make our ocean special. Go to the website for admission information.
On January 26 residents of Orange County will get an unusual day of fun in the snow. From 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. tons of frosty snow will be delivered to the Brea Dam Park, 1700 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, and kids can sled, make snow people and have old time snowball fights. This is an activity seldom seen in Orange County, where snow never falls.
A visit to the website has information on how to register for the event which is limited to 900.