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National Parks in Southern California: Explore the Region’s Complex Eco-Systems

July 16, 2014 9:00 am

Southern California has more to offer than famous faces and Hollywood hills. Leave the crowds behind to visit two of the finest national parks in the country.

Joshua Tree National Park
At the border of San Bernadino and Riverside counties lies Joshua Tree National Park. Roughly the size of Rhode Island, the park includes parts of both the Mojave and the Colorado deserts. The creosote bush dominates the eastern side of the park, while the western side is covered in native Joshua trees. The Little San Bernadino Mountains line the southwest edge. At a glance, Joshua Tree might appear bleak and barren, but up close you’ll see a remarkably complex ecosystem. This is also a popular destination for stargazing because of its impressively dark skies.

Channel Islands National Park
Channel Islands National Park comprises five of the eight Channel Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Located off the coast of southern California, these isolated havens provide a getaway from the densely populated mainland. Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the five. Covered in caves, coves, cliffs, and sandy beaches, the 2000 census showed an official population of just two people! The island is also home to the infamous Devil’s Peak.

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Griffith Observatory: A Los Angeles Landmark

July 9, 2014 9:01 am

Griffith Observatory is one of the most famous Los Angeles landmarks. Located atop Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, it offers visitors a spectacular view of the area from a vantage point that’s over a thousand feet above sea level.

The observatory is home to the 285-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater, with a state-of-the-art Zeiss star projector, laser digital projection, and giant aluminum dome. Visit the theatre to see one of four shows, Light of the Valkyries, Water is Life, Centered in the Universe and Time’s Up. The shows explore a variety of subjects, including the spectacular Northern Lights, the fundamental nature of time from the Big Bang into the future, and the exploration of the cosmos. Free public telescopes are available for use at the observatory. Admission to the grounds and observatory are free. There’s an admission charge for shows in the planetarium — visit the website to learn more!

The Griffith Observatory is open Tuesdays through Sundays

Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800
www.griffithobservatory.org/
www.yelp.com/biz/griffith-observatory-los-angeles-2

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Testing Complete

July 7, 2014 11:05 am

The methane testing is completed for today.Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Have a great day!

 

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