Planting Party

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Volunteers planting during an earlier planting party

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., students from Occidental College and other local volunteers will be planting native plants in the South Pasadena – Arroyo Seco Woodland and Wildlife Park (South Pas Nature Park, for short) on January 27, 2018.

Volunteers are welcome to come anytime during the day. We plan to start at 9 am and finish around 3 pm.


What to bring

Volunteers should:

– Wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
– Bring water
– Bring gardening gloves and tools (weeders, trowels, whatever you use in your own garden)
– Wear comfortable work clothes, including work shoes (sneakers or boots) and long pants
– Bring binoculars for birdwatching (optional)

Children must be under adult supervision at all times. There is poison oak in the park that we will point out before starting.

The Park

The South Pas Nature Park is a four-acre habitat park along the Arroyo Seco. The entrance, marked by a small plaque on an attractive river rock wall, is in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of the York Street Bridge.

The park is graced with mature coast live oaks, southern walnuts and western sycamores. Planted with sage, buckwheat and other native coastal sage scrub plants, the park provides an inviting environment for birds, lizards, squirrels and numerous other critters. Locals too enjoy walking, jogging and horseback riding through the park.

Click here for a list of plants we will be adding to the park and here for a list of plants currently in the park.

Friends of South Pasadena Nature Park

Since 2006 Friends of the Nature Park (FONP), an informal group of park stewards, have been removing invasive weeds and litter on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. Cleanups are held approximately once a month.

For notification of cleanup dates, emailĀ Barbara Eisenstein, check the Nature Park blog, or our Facebook page.