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Conservancy to Be Open for Guided Tours

August 25, 1994

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Guided equestrian tours and nature walks on the restricted Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy will be held Saturday.

Usually closed to the public, 1,200 acres of protected canyons and ridges and open space in South County will be open for special tours and events by the nonprofit conservancy.

People interested in the ride must bring their own horse. The tour will cost $15 and starts at 4 p.m. The nature walk will begin at 9 a.m. and costs $3 each.

Reservations must be made in advance by calling (714) 489-9778. The tours will meet at Ortega Highway near Cristianitos Road, about six miles east of Interstate 5.

The conservancy operates its nature programs on land donated by the Santa Margarita Co.

The site is a haven for many species of birds and animals, including foxes, mule deer, coyotes, the California gnatcatchers and black-shouldered kites.

Conservancy organizers also offer a Junior Wildlife Biologist program for children ages 9 to 12 or those enrolled in grades four through seven. The outdoor classroom teaches children about tracking, bird-watching, radio telemetry and trapping.

Sign-ups for groups or individuals are available at $14 for each child.

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