I love the outdoors!

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

-- John Muir, 1913

Copyrighting Samples

Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association Brochure

Lion Smart Presentation

Lion Smart Campfire Program Flyer

Lion Smart Campfire Program Handout

Coyote Powerpoint Presentation

Coyote Profile handout

Tips for Discouraging Coyote Visits

Desert Cotton Tail Profile handout

Here are links to some of Aleta's more recent articles.

Water Garden News: Creature Comforts Boost Retail Sales - July/August 2012

Unbeknownst to many, ponds and water gardens provide two of the four essential elements necessary for attracting backyard wildlife — specifically birds, bats and toads.

Water Garden News: Keys to Selling Toad Houses - June 27, 2012

Do toads really need a house? No. Do all individuals who buy a toad house buy it for the benefit of the toad?

Water Garden News: How to Upsell Bird and Wildlife Habitat Products - June 27, 2012

According to experts, the best ways for water garden, pond and specialty retailers to upsell bird and wildlife habitat products to customers is through the customer education...

Newport Beach Magazine: Happy Trails - February 2012

Spanning 794 square miles, including 17 state highways, 279 freeway miles, 34 cities and about 3 million people, it’s easy to scoff at the notion of back-to-nature recreation in Orange County.

Orange County Register: Marblehead Park a place where all ages can run or relax - December 9, 2011

Marblehead Park, adjacent to Marblehead Elementary School, is popular with children ready to burn off pent-up energy from sitting in class all day.

Not Officially Winter Yet, But Plenty of Snow in Mount San Jacinto State Park - November 11, 2011

Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 22, but winter confirmed its potential on Mount San Jacinto week when it blanketed the mountain’s peak with more than two feet of snow.

Newport Beach Magazine: Pelican Power! - September 2011

Whether sailing along the Newport harbor jetty, surfing the Wedge or relaxing atop Lookout Point, you're likely to see pelican squadrons soaring high on thermal wind currents, gliding low on ocean updrafts or plunging head-on into the ocean's depths for anchovies, sardines and mackerel.

San Clemente Times: Picnicking, relaxing or napping; easy, breezy options at Marblehead Park - September 20, 2011

Adjacent to Marblehead Elementary School, Marblehead Park is popular with children ready to burn off pent-up energy from sitting in class all day.

Orange County Register: Linda Lane Park a beach, fitness, playground lover's paradise - September 19, 2011

Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers covet Linda Lane Park's beach access.

OCinSite: Pelican Power! - August 30, 2011

Whether sailing along the Newport harbor jetty, surfing the Wedge or relaxing atop Lookout Point, you’re likely to see pelican squadrons soaring high on thermal wind currents, gliding low on ocean updrafts or plunging head-on into the ocean’s depths for anchovies, sardines and mackerel.

San Clemente Times: Linda Lane Park Popular for its Beach Access, More - August 16, 2011

Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers covet Linda Lane Park’s beach access.

Orange County Register: San Gorgonio Park a bustling place for parties, sports - August 3, 2011

Perched on a hill above the I-5 freeway and not far from Shorecliffs Golf Club, San Gorgonio Park is always bustling with activity, from birthday parties and leisurely picnics to baseball tournaments and basketball games.

San Clemente Times: Park Series: Verde Park, a Gem of a Pocket Park - July 19, 2011

Verde Park has few amenities compared to many other San Clemente’s city parks, but what it does offer is tranquility and a plethora of green space and shady trees for relaxing, napping, reading or daydreaming.

San Clemente Times: Park Series: San Clemente Coastal Trail - July 5, 2011

It is estimated that 300,000 people annually traverse San Clemente’s Coastal Trail, some in search of scenic serenity and relaxation, others in pursuit of heart-thumping, blood pumping workouts.

San Clemente Times: Park Series: San Gorgonio Park Offers Something for Everyone - June 29, 2011

With so many sporting amenities, San Gorgonio is one of the most popular city parks in San Clemente.

Orange County Register: Vista Bahia's ballpark still in a league of its own - June 27, 2011

Vista Bahia Park has a picnic area, tables, benches and ocean and mountain views, but its historical baseball field, batting cages and bullpens take center stage at this remote park at the southeast end of San Clemente.

San Clemente Times: Vista Bahia Park, Arlie Waterman Field a Little Leaguers’ Field of Dreams - June 6, 2011

Vista Bahia Park has a picnic area, tables, benches and ocean and mountain views, but it is its historic baseball field, batting cages and bullpens that take center stage at this remote park in the southeast end of San Clemente.

Orange County Register: Bonito Canyon Park gives public more than meets the eye - June 6, 2011

The 9.3-acre Bonito Canyon Bicentennial Park includes this play area, plus two lighted basketball courts, two lighted tennis courts and one lighted ball field with bleachers.

Irvine Ranch Conservancy: IRC Volunteer Becomes a Member of the OC Trackers - August 18, 2010

As an active IRC volunteer, I've been intrigued by the wildlife and nature within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. In an effort to better educate myself, I decided to join the OC Trackers.

Irvine Ranch Conservancy: Artificial Cactus Condo Attracts Wren Family - July, 2010

Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff members are hailing a program that provides artifical nesting options for Cactus Wrens a success.

Irvine Ranch Conservancy: Harvest Festival to the Rescue - May 15, 2010

Can five minutes in nature really boost self esteem?