UC Santa Barbara

June 26th-29th, 2017

Pre-Conference Field Trips

CHESC Pre-Conference Field Trips


Sustainable Transportation and Water Management in Orange County Bike Tour

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Meet at Parking Lot E, CSU Fullerton
$99 Registration Fee
Lunch and Bike Rental Included

Cyclists are invited to tour the Orange County Water District (OCWD) and then hit the Santa Ana River Trail down to Newport Beach (a 7.5 mile ride). OCWD is committed to proactive public outreach and education. Educating the public about advanced wastewater purification is important to garnering support for future Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) projects that are being planned around the world.   A box lunch will be served. Bike and helmet rental is included in the cost of the tour.

Energy Resource Center (ERC) Guided Tour

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Meet at Parking Lot E, CSU Fullerton
$39 Registration Fee

Get a first-hand, close-up look at a leading example of “green” building design and operation.This 44,000 square foot conference, office and pilot-test center has received national recognition as being among the finest examples of renewable building design, construction and operation. The center has also begun urban gardening, showing how fruits and herbs can be grown in the middle of a commercial parkinglot outside of your conventional gardening space. The edible garden is focused around resource conservation, which will benefit public health, through soil and water testing, and the environment. Gas Company specialist will lead adults on a 1-hour free guided tour of the firm’s unique Energy Resource Center (ERC) in Downey.

Upper Newport Bay Kayak Tour

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Meet at Parking Lot E, CSU Fullerton
$58 Registration Fee

Includes kayak rental

One of the best ways to appreciate Upper Newport Bay is to get out on the water, experience the tranquility and see pelicans, terns and egrets flying by you. And if your eyes are quick, catch a glimpse of mullet jumping out of the water. Kayaking in the Bay is fun and easy.  Our trained Naturalists have been conducting water tours here at the Back Bay for twenty years. They begin with a quick lesson on how to paddle and then lead the participants into the Ecological Reserve. They make several stops where they discuss various aspects of the ecology and wildlife of the Bay. In summer the open-water skimmers and terns that come here to nest predominate. Be prepared to get wet from your knees down as you push the kayaks off from the shore – typical wear is sandals or old shoes that can be thrown in the wash after and shorts or athletic pants. Weather can be different on the water so wearing layers is recommended. Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat are good idea for all seasons and binoculars if you have them. Feel free to bring a water bottle for the trip to stay hydrated.