​​​​​​December 11: Tuesday - 3:30 pm

Ex-Com Meeting

at George McMackin's home

40335 Garrison Dr

Temecua CA 92591


6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)


(open to the public)

Temecula Library
30600 Pauba Road
Temecula CA 92592

Doors open at 6 pm; 

meeting starts at 6:30 pm

Snacks provided.

Students are encouraged to attend.  Many of our local educators are giving school credit for notes and attendance. 


On Nov. 17th ; take an afternoon family hike

at the Reserve.  We’ll meet at 1:45 pm at the

Alamos Schoolhouse at Lake Skinner County




We’ll have a peek at the Nature Center

inside the schoolhouse and then take a hike.

 There is a  Day Use fee at the entrance kiosk,

$6 for adults, $3, ages 2-12. 

We'll walk the Hiking and Equestrian Trail where there are splendid views along the trail. We'll look down at Lake Skinner and have views stretching from Mount Palomar all the way to Santiago Peak and the Santa Ana Mountains, possibly with even a peek at the ocean if it's clear enough.  It's an easy hike, with probably around 100-200 foot elevation gain.  Round trip approx. 3 miles. 2-3 hours roundtrip.  

RSVP:  Pam Nelson, pamela05n@yahoo.com


Saturday November 17th; 9:00 a.m. HIKE

"The Panorama Loop Trail" Joshua Tree National Park.
Join us on a spectacular 6 mile easy to moderately difficult hike on Joshua Tree National Park's Panorama Loop Trail.  There is 1100 ft of elevation gain/loss on the hike with little shade. The Black Rock area of Joshua Tree has an ideal climate for Joshua trees and they are displayed with all their distinctive beauty.  Bring 3 liters of water, snacks, a lunch, dress in layers and a good pair of hiking shoes. Sun screen is a must and a hat is recommended.  Directions: From the 10 freeway take highway 62. In Yucca Valley turn south on Joshua Lane and drive 5 miles through a residential area to the Black Rock Ranger Station at 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road, Yucca Valley, CA. 92284. Leader: Gary Marsalone: For information or to make reservations email me at gmarsalone@gmail .com. Rain Cancels. No permits or fees are required.


November 28, Thursday, 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Outreach Committee Meeting 
​Murrieta Public Library 

​8 Town Square 
Murrieta CA 92562


Dec. 8 (Sat.) 9AM "Calcite Mine Hike"

Anza Borrego State Park

Join us on a 4-5 mile easy to moderate hike with about 600' of gain /loss. We will travel through an amazing slot canyon. The upper slot on the way up and the lower slot on our way back.  The hike does require bolder scrambling. At the mine area, which is a plateau with spectacular rock formations and great views of the Salton Sea, hikers will have time to explore the area. Please wear good slip resistant hiking shoes. Directions:  From Borrego Springs The trail is located on (Route S22) .2 miles past mile marker 18.  Park on ether side of the road. To register or for more detailed directions please contact Bob Audibert (leader) at (951)302-1059 or at bob.takeahike1gmail.com.  No fees, rain cancels.


Sunday, Dec. 9th, 1 pm to 5 pm

Winter Celebration - Peace and the Earth

This year, held at:

Vail Lake Resort

38000 Hwy 79 South

Temecula CA 9259a2

Office: 951-303-0173


Schedule of Activities:

   1 pm: Games and Appetizers

  2 pm: Hayride

  3 pm: Potluck Meal

  4 pm: Sing-along Music

What to bring:

  Dish to serve 8 or $5/adult

  Your own plates, utensils, cups and napkins

RSVP: pamela05n@yahoo.com;  951-767-2324

Hope to see you there!


Volkswalk with Kathy Bundy - local walks and hikes

These walks are not sponsored by the Sierra Club.
We have a member of our group that offers regular

walks.  This is a non-competitive walking or hiking

for fun, fitness and fellowship. Most walks are 3-6 miles. 

Go to meetup.com site: 

Volkswalking in So. California

Open to Everyone.  

Join Kathy Bundy at

Opt Outside Day After Thanksgiving

Fri Nov 23 - 9:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

11055 East Dr.

Morongo Valley, CA 92256

This is the 3rd year that AVA American Volkssports Association is participating in the REI Black Friday Opt to be Outside.
This Hike is one of those Hidden Gems if you have never been to the Big Morongo Preserve off of Hwy 62. I will be offering carpooling from Baron's Marketplace on Clinton Keith in Wildomar at 7:00 am or you can meet me there at the preserve at 8:30 am. Group 5k(3miles) will start at 9 am for easy dirt trail with boardwalks over marshy areas rated a1B. The 10k(6miles) is rated a 2C due to switchbacks on hills. This is a favorite area for bird watchers. There will be lush green areas with willows along with desert terrain.

Dogs are NOT Permitted for this area. Bring water and sun protection. Restrooms at Start and Finish.

DON'T Forget Your PASSPORT BOOKS for a sanction stamp for $3
If you are New to Volkssports you may purchase a New Walker Packet for $5 and get your 1st three walks Free.


Text me Kathy at 951-218-3755  bunznkatz7@gmail.com


Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve Fall/Winter hikes:

smerdocenthikes@gmail.com - 760-728-2303

Saturday, October 27 2018          New Short Hike

Sunday,   November 4 2018         Temecula Gorge Hike

Sunday,   November 11 2018       Highlands Hike

Saturday, December 1 2018         PJ’s Bird Walk

Sunday,   December 2 2018            New Short Hike

Saturday, December 8 2018         Chaparral Hike

Saturday, January 12 2019           Highlands Hike

Saturday, January 19 2019           PJ’s Bird Walk

Sunday,   January 20, 2019           New Short Hike


Monthly general meetings (2018/2019)

(details to follow): 

Nov. 8:  Local conservation, Lake Skinner

Dec 9:  Holiday Party

Jan. 10:  Temecula Water History

Feb. 14:  Salton Sea; Save it?

March 14:  Wildlife crossings and connections in SW Riverside

April 11:  Forest Health, what’s best?

May 9:  Native Bees, there’s hundreds!

June 13:  Forests, not trees, Kelp!  Local Marine Reserves





For donations to our local Sierra Club chapter, send a check payable to "Sierra Club Santa Margarita Group" to:

George McMackin (treasurer)

40335 Garrison Dr Temecula, CA 92591


Feel free to contact Pam Nelson ( pamela05n@yahoo.com) 
/(951 767-2324 ) with any questions or for additional information on any of these events and activities. ​​