2011 Conejo Open Space Trail Work Day

Scores of volunteers participated in the 21st annual Conejo Open Space Trail Work Day that took place on October 15, 2011. There were two primary projects: trail building in the Sunset Hills area of Thousand Oaks, and projects for families and scout groups at the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden.




Trail Work Day is organized by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA). COSCA's annual Trail Work Day draws up to 200 volunteers. The volunteers enjoy a day of fresh air, camaraderie and exercise while getting the whole family involved in our open space. In the garden, the day started fairly cool and overcast as some twenty eager volunteers assembled. Most of the volunteers had purposely selected the garden for trail day, and scouts, siblings and parents alike were keen to participate. 

The task for the day was to spread mulch at various locations to suppress weeds and retain valuable moisture. Having been suitably equipped with tools and wheel barrows the volunteers went to work. To aid the effort CVBG volunteers Joseph Scarpine, Melvin Earley and Brian Murphy put the garden cart through its paces, for the first time utilizing the cart’s tipper, to distribute the mulch. As the sun broke through, the morning began to warm up as the volunteers enjoyed magnificent views from the top of the hill, adjacent to the cactus garden. Having spread some five huge heaps of mulch, and learnt a lot about the garden the volunteers dispersed for a well-deserved volunteer lunch at noon. 

Thank you to all the volunteers who make trail work day happen! Conejo Open Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation for public and charitable purposes 

- Melvin Earley