A Secret Garden Escape {local trails}

So far, we’ve had unseasonably warm days (thanks to El Nino), but it has cooled off just a bit this week which we are so thankful for. Cooler weather means time to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, with all this talk about El Nino rain storms coming Jan – March, we better get outside STAT before we’re all flooded in! Ok, that was a little dramatic, but you get the point!;)

One of our favorite local trails/outdoor activities is visiting the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden in Thousand Oaks off of Gainsborough Road.  It really is a secret garden escape – it’s quite the hidden gem. If you’ve never been to the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden you definitely need to visit! We enjoy exploring the 33 acre park full of 15 specialty gardens, hiking trails and of course, beautiful views.

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Along the garden nature trail are plaques posted with information on different plant species as well as other “neature” facts {see what I did there?}.  There are also numerous benches along the way to sit, relax and enjoy the views as well as picnic tables so feel free to pack a picnic lunch!TO-Botanic-Garden-trail Hike-with-baby

I promise there’s a little baby hiding in that Ergo carrier 🙂  She had a great time on the hike– meaning she slept the whole time (phew!). This trail was great for us because the majority of it was in the shade thanks to the Oak trees and a portion of it even winds around a little creek (which won’t be so little once El Nino rain storm hits!).

The garden is open every day except for holidays and it’s free to the public.  For those with little ones, they have a kids adventure garden and the main entrance is at the Conejo Community Park which has a great playground.

What are some of your favorite trails or places to hike?

We would love to know! Comment on this post or tag us while you are out hiking @locallove805 #LL805 #localtrails.

xx~

Tanisha {LL805}

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