Hanky Panky is #1

Colleagues (of the esteemed variety),

I hope summer fun is treating you well.  Thanks to all those participating in our Tidepool trash clean up.  We had a great turnout and hope to do another one in the next three months.  “Special” projects for volunteers to get involved with are in abundance this summer, and we thank you for answering the Calls to Action.  Cabrillo cannot keep its head above water without your civic engagement.  Cheers to supporting San Diego’s only National Park Service Unit.

Call 2 Action

We are almost finished with the “Great Displacement: 2014 Edition.”  The visitor center is scheduled to be finished on the 23th and we plan to spend the next week getting the place ready for an opening hopefully by the 30th of July.  Cheers to our cabinet crew for the strides they have made with the doors.  The beast that those doors connect to awaits us in the belly of the Visitor Center.  Neglected in the depths for too long we need to sand off its scales and bring it back to a luster shine.  We aim to begin the project on the 24th of July and go through the 28th /29th. If you can help out on any of those days please email with “Slayer of the Beast” in the subject line.  I will then put you into armies and we will hit the flanks in a coordinated assault.

Move to Improve Challenge (2014): Elevate Your View, Healthy and Sustainable Parks Day, August 9th

We are still looking for a few helping hands for this day.  Thanks to those that have already RSVP’d.  We have a blood drive, obstacle course, and other logistics that we could get you involved with.  If you would like to help out please send me an email with “hill repeats” in the subject line.  

Lecture Series

We look to the 2015 schedule to fill up our Series.  If you have any ideas or know of any folks that can put wrinkles in our brains please pass their information on to me.

August 7th, 6:30pm, Cabrillo Geo

Engineering geologist Michael Hart takes us on a virtual geologic tour of the peninsula.  We are set up for a birds-eye geological overview of the formations that make up the sand we stand on.  Also, learn about land uplift rates and how faults and landslides affect buildings/complexes.  If you would like to attend please RSVP with “horst block” in the subject line.

What’s in a Name?

I plan to make a nametag order in August.  If you are going to be around this coming fall and beyond please email me the name that you would like to see on your nameplate.  Please send emails with “Zina Langa” in the subject line by the end of this month.

New Shirts

The new shirts came in so if you do not have a shirt please let me know and we can hook you up.  Also if your shirt has been kissed too many times by the sun, is frayed/ripped or just not the best, you can trade it in to become more vibrant.

Your VIPVoice

The VIPVoice is our volunteer newsletter and a great way to stay in touch with the program.  Also you can find out what is going on around the park and other oddball things we are up to. I encourage you to subscribe to the VIPVoice so you can read new articles. Not only are my emails of whimsical nonsense populated on the bolg, but we also have featured stories and volunteer highlights too.  Also, if you want to get your creative writing on or showcase some of your Cabrillo photography to share with others, this is a great vehicle to do so.  Let me know if you have any interest in being a Cabrillo ‘Reporter At Large’ to increase our newsletter’s sphere of influence.

Rails to Trails

Do you remember your days of riding the rails?  When things were E.P.I.C. in California and Guthrie was thinking about the Garden of Eden?  Well, Cabrillo is taking the lead to head up the Pacific Surfliner Rails to Trails program.  This means we jump on trains and interpret southern California history.  Sound interesting?  We are looking for a couple of volunteers that might want to help with this program.  We need a longer term commitment from you and participation in a variety of training is required.  If you can commit to this and are interested please send me an email with “Don’t throw Mama” in the subject line.

Our Friends, Supporters, and Partners

Cabrillo National Monument Conservancy

A Night of Stars under the New Moon

Enjoy the stars under a New Moon on July 26. Sunset will be at 7:51 PM, the New Moon will have set by 7:34 PM. This is a special opportunity to enjoy the stars at Cabrillo National Monument away from a lot of the downtown’s light. If you have a telescope you are welcomed to set it up in the parking lot to enhance your enjoyment of the evening. Come to Cabrillo National Monument to enjoy this wonderful special after hour event and support San Diego’s only National Park.

Members free, all people in a member’s car free, public (non-members) $10 per passenger vehicle. The $10 can be applied toward CNMC membership for 30 days after the event. Sign up today to become a member to save throughout the year on this event and other special after hours events like this one.


 Cabrillo National Monument Foundation


Maritime Museum of San Diego

Get your party on with the MMSD for a festive Fandango event.  With the San Salvador as the backdrop this should be a lively party.  It is also a fundraiser for the San Salvador


The Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum is currently offering discounted vouchers for blue whale watching cruises on weekends between now and August 31.  Learn more at http://www.sdnat.org/bluewhalewatching.

Coming to theNAT on January 17, 2015 is a new permanent exhibit titled Coast to Cactus in Southern California.  Go check it out when it opens; you can pick up some good continuing education credits on this one.

American  Cetacean Society

ACS-OC needs volunteers for our Day of the Dolphin census, coming up on July 26, with orientation at our July 24 meeting.

Day of the Dolphin is a long-standing quarterly “citizen science” event  in which volunteers take up positions along Orange County’s shore, watch for dolphins in and beyond the waves, and report back on what they see.  It’s an enjoyable way to spend a little time in the sun and help ACS keep tabs on our cetacean friends.

If you participated before and would like to take part in the July census, please email the census director, Bert Vogler, at hvogler@kleinfelder.com, and he’ll sign you up.

If you’re new to Day of the Dolphin, please come to our monthly meeting on July 24th at 7:30 (address below) for the orientation. You’ll learn about coastal bottlenose dolphin and get assigned a time and place for your shift.

Time:    Thursday, July 24, 7:30 pm
Place:   Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center
1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa

Act Naturally,


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