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Sierra Club:  Angeles Chapter
International Community Section
Newsletter Editor
Leader for hiking and carcamping

S.W.A.P. (Small Wilderness Area Protection)
Co-Editor of OakLeaves
Member of Trail Guide Committee

San Luis Obispo Botanic Garden
Member of Interpretation Committee
"Afternoon at the Garden" Presenter:

Talk:  Saturday, June 14, 2003 Soils (or) Dirt Matters! 


Email Address:   jeanwheeler

Jean At Zion NP

Climbing to Angel's Landing in Zion National Park on an ICS Sierra Club Outing October, 2003

At Home

Storm Runoff

My Holiday Decorations

Central Coast Wildlife

New England Fall Colors Oct 2001

Netherlands & Belgium May 2002

Birds in My Garden

Dinosaur National Monument



ICS stands for International Community Section, an activity section of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club organized about four decades ago by a group of foreign-born and American-born citizens.  The Section provides a program of hikes, camping trips, ethnic dinners in area restaurants, and museum tours for newcomers from abroad and Americans of diverse ethnic backgrounds.  I have been a leader for this group for over 3 decades, leading day hikes, backpacks, and carcamps in western United States and Australia.  I also proposed our program of events to earn money for donation to international conservation projects.  We have donated thousands of dollars, currently funding projects in Asia, South America, and Africa.  For more information about ICS, see our ICS WEBSITE.  To subscribe to our newsletter (which is free of charge), make your request to the membership chair, Joan Slottow.  Her email is:

S.W.A.P. (Small Wilderness Area Protection)

SWAP S.W.A.P. is an organization formed to preserve small areas of wilderness from such threats as urban development.  The local chapter in Los Osos earned money and won grants that purchased the land of the Elfin Forest and gave it to the County of San Luis Obispo, with the understanding S.W.A.P. would assist the county in administering the property.  S.W.A.P. holds workparties from 9:00 am to noon on First Saturdays of each month at the north end of the 15th street entrance to the Elfin Forest (off Sta. Ysabel in Baywood/Los Osos). Participants are known as "Weed Warriors" and remove exotic weeds which threaten to overwhelm the native vegetation, such as veldt grass and narrow-leaved iceplant.  S.W.A.P also sponsors two-hour walks starting at 9:30 on Third Saturdays of each month.   The leaders focus on subjects of their expertise such as birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, geology, and prehistoric use of the area by native Americans.  These walks also start at the north end of the 15 street entrance (off Sta. Ysabel in Baywood/Los Osos).  

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

Gate The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is devoted to the display and study of the plants and ecosystems of the five mediterranean climate zones of the world.  This includes parts of California, Chile, Australia, South Africa and the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The Garden site of 150 acres of rolling hills in El Chorro Regional Park will soon be covered with mediterranean climate gardens, woodlands, and meadows displaying thousands of plant species as they grow in their natural habitats.  Amphitheatre A 2-acre Preview Garden with an amphitheatre has already been developed, containing beautiful flowering plants from all five of the Mediterranean climate regions.  "Saturday at the Garden,"  held 2nd Saturdays April through November from 1-4 pm is a series of Preview Garden tours, lectures, demonstrations, and plant and garden shop sales.  These events are open to the public at no cost.  "A Garden of Holiday Delights"  is a fundraising event to be held Sunday, December 1st from 4pm to 7pm in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly.  Some Christmas trees will be raffled off during an evening of food, wine and entertainment. Tickets for A GARDEN OF HOLIDAY DELIGHTS go on sale November 1 for $35 at the Performing Arts Center Performing Arts Center Box Office (756-2787), the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden (546-3501), and the Hospice of San Luis Obispo (544-2266). Another annual event is the annual Garden Festival at the Botanical Garden held on the first weekend in May every year.  For more information, visit the website at: