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    • Sun, September 30, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Palm Springs, CA (address to be provided once you REGISTER for this special event)
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    GOPS Members' END OF SUMMER Pool Party

    GOPS members (and one guest per member) are invited to attend our END OF SUMMER POOL PARTY on Sunday, September 30 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. 

    This party will have a Registration Fee of $10. to all members and guests. (We have a capacity of 70); you do NOT need to bring a Pot Luck dish!   Each member can bring one (1) guest. If you are not a member yet, you will not be able to register for this party.  You can first join as a member online and then register for this pool party if you like.

    This pool party will be at a member's home in Palm Springs.  The address will be included in the e-mail acknowledgment only to those who have register for the event. 

    Lunch will include a variety of Burgers (including Veggie/Salmon), side dishes and desserts We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water.   If you want to drink "adult beverages," please BYOB.  There will be some Raffle Prizes also.

    Schedule

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

    • 11:00 am  - Arrive
    • Noon - Lunch, including vegetarian options 
    • 3:00 Raffle Drawing
    • 4:00 pm - Departure

    What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit (no nudity allowed), suntan lotion, folding chair, flip-flops.

    DirectionsTo be provided via e-mail to those who register for this event.

    Contact: David Warren via email:  socialeventscoordinator-ps@greatoutdoors.org

    Photos:  Before taking photos, please ask the subject if that's OK with them... Some may not want their handsome faces to be splashed all over the internet.

    Naked Policy:  This event is NOT a clothing-optional event.  Please read our nudity policy at - click here.

    Children:  Require a special waiver liability - contact David if you plan to bring a child.

    Pets: Please leave your pets at home.

    Health Problems/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the party leader if you wish.

    • Fri, October 12, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, October 14, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • CUYAMACA RANCHO STATE PARK

    ALL CHAPTER CONFERENCE   

    OCTOBER 12-14, 2018

    HOSTED BY SAN DIEGO CHAPTER

    DETAILS AND REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE 

    You will be redirected to San Diego Chapter to register.

    Come out and join the 2018 All Chapter Conference hosted by the San Diego Great Outdoors at Cuyamaca Rancho SP - Green Valley Campground.  

    This year marks the Ruby (40th) Anniversary of the Great Outdoors, for some this has been a journey for others this is new, in either case its a great way to connect with other like minded LGBT and allies.

    Message from the Corporate Chair:

    The Annual Conference is more than just a bunch of business meetings - it’s a full campout with planned activities for all those attending.  Check out their 40th Anniversary Theme!  Can you believe GO is 40 years old?  We will have the usual election of the following three GO Corp. Officers: 

    •             GO Chair of the Board Of Directors
    •             GO Secretary
    •             GO Financial Officer 

    Each Chapter elects or appoints a Board Representative to represent your Chapter at all GO Corp. meetings (usually four per year). 

    The GO Board also consists of the following appointed committees or positions: 

                Archives, Awards, Bylaws, Outings, Outdoors Experience Chair (formerly known as Wilderness Ed), Webmaster & Website Consolidation 

    If you are interested in running for, or nominating someone,for one of the three (3) elected positions or serving on one of our Committees, please let me know. Peter Emond-Worline


    We have a weekend full of fun activities planned for all participants, whether that is to reconnect with old friends or hike in a new area, we'll be offering something for everyone.

    A little about Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    East of San Diego, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park offers respite from the dry Southern California landscape. The park’s 24,700 acres of oak and conifer forests and expansive meadows are broken by running streams.

    Located in the Peninsular Range of mountains, Cuyamaca Peak, at 6,512 feet, is the second highest point in San Diego County. From the peak, visitors can see Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to the east and the Pacific coastline to the west. Over half of the park’s acreage is designated as state wilderness.  

    Our Campground 

    Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground.  We have 12 campsites for sleeping and one campsite designated as our event space.  

    Saturday Night Event

    What would a Anniversary be without a celebration, our celebration will be themed to the 1970s/80s.  So put on your bell bottoms, or dust off your parachute pants, and let's have some fun.  Prizes will be awards to the best dressed participants.

    Please click here to register and read all about this trip hosted by our San Diego Chapter.

    Note: GO-PS members will need to register on the hosting Chapter's website for this trip. Your registration information there will be separate from your GO-PS information. Paid members of the GO-PS Chapter do not need to pay an additional $25 for a GO membership.



    • Sat, October 13, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sun, October 14, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Chuckwalla Bench
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    Less than two hours east of Palm Springs, the Chuckwalla Bench is a spectacular landscape abundant with wildlife and rare desert plants. The Chuckwalla Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) is home to North America’s biggest and most intact old-growth microphyll woodland, as well as some of California’s best desert tortoise habitat. Now remote and peaceful, the Chuckwalla Bench also features a rich history of human activity, from prehistoric and traditional Native American cultural sites, to historic gold miners’ trails. With hundreds of miles of trails and roads, across rugged mountains and sprawling vistas, there are endless opportunities for exploration. Join Mojave Desert Land Trust on October 13th and 14th for a rare chance to explore this invaluable piece of public land and learn its secrets. Logistics, camping gear, tasty back-country meals, and refreshing drinks are provided by the professional outfitters at Joshua Tree Excursions. Please contact Adam Henne (adam@mdlt.org) for more details.

    Depart from Coachella Valley (meeting spot TBD at 1:00 pm on Saturday the 13th, returning late afternoon on Sunday. Transportation provided.

    Itinerary details will be added later and sent to registered guest.

    What to Bring: Personal Items and layered clothing for warm/cool weather. No pets allowed.

    This free event is sponsored and hosted by The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) who have invited us to participate. Representatives from BLM, Conservation Agencies, and Legislators will be present. This is not a Great Outdoors hosted event. The MDLT will be our featured program with speaker at our October 23rd general membership meeting.

    Great Outdoors Contact: Scott C: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org





Past events

Wed, September 19, 2018 LA COUNTY FAIR
Fri, August 17, 2018 August Game Night: Gather Your Balls for BOWLING!!
Wed, August 01, 2018 T-Shirt Order: click register to shop
Wed, July 18, 2018 HIKE & YOGA IN THE MT. SAN JACINTO WILDERNESS
Wed, June 27, 2018 SUNSET POOL PARTY-POTLUCK
Sun, June 03, 2018 GOPS Member's SUMMER POOL PARTY!
Sun, May 20, 2018 SKY WATCH
Wed, May 09, 2018 POOL PARTY-POTLUCK
Sun, May 06, 2018 Hike Leader Training
Sun, May 06, 2018 SKY WATCH
Sat, March 31, 2018 Cathedral City LGBT Days
Thu, March 15, 2018 Anza-Borrego Dark Sky Campout
Sat, March 03, 2018 WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL
Sat, February 24, 2018 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA PART II
Fri, February 23, 2018 CV LINK GRAND OPENING
Wed, February 21, 2018 SUNSET BONFIRE-HIKE-POTLUCK
Wed, February 14, 2018 SPEAKER EVENT: HIKING IN COLORADO
Tue, February 06, 2018 WILD COACHELLA FILM SCREENING
Sun, February 04, 2018 Super Bowl 2018 - Hosted By Ed & Pete
Wed, January 03, 2018 WILD COACHELLA Part 3
Wed, December 06, 2017 WILD COACHELLA
Sun, December 03, 2017 Holiday Party
Sat, November 18, 2017 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA
Tue, November 14, 2017 Lecture: Owls and Other Crepuscular Night Birds
Wed, November 01, 2017 Lecture: GHOST LAKE OF THE DESERT
Tue, October 31, 2017 Lecture: HIKING IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY
Fri, October 27, 2017 SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY hosted by George, Tony & Eddie. PLEASE REGISTER.
Sat, October 21, 2017 Hike Leader Training Refresher
Fri, October 06, 2017 Camping/Conference - Table Mountain
Fri, October 06, 2017 GO Corporate Board Meeting (4th Quarter)
Sun, September 10, 2017 GOPS Member's Fall Pool Party!
Sun, August 27, 2017 Burning Man 2017
Sun, August 06, 2017 National Monuments Presentation Update
Sun, August 06, 2017 GOPS Member Appreciation Pool Party
Sun, June 25, 2017 Member's Summer Pool Party!
Thu, June 15, 2017 Kern River & Whitewater Rafting
Thu, May 11, 2017 All Chapter Jamboree - Sage Hill Campground

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