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    • Sat, November 17, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golf Center Parkway and Ave 42 Indio, CA
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    East Indio Hills New Trail Clean Up and development

    In observance of National Public Lands Day, come join local groups and agencies working on our newest trail getting ready for the grand opening soon. Free T-shirt and ice cream while they last.

    7:30 AM Meet at PetsMart Palm Springs, Ramon/Crossley- Click Here for Map

    Contact Scott Connelly, email click here


    • Thu, November 29, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree National Park CA
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    One of the many wonders of Joshua Tree National Park is the historic Keys Ranch. It is the prime example of early settlement in the Joshua Tree National Park area. Bill Keys was the area's leading character, and his ranch is a symbol of the resourcefulness of early settlers. Early California history and colorful life stories are revealed during this Ranger guided tour. The site also has archaeological features that tells us about the lives of the early native Americans who inhabited this area. The ranch house, school house, store, and workshop still stand; the orchard has been replanted; and the grounds are full of the cars, trucks, mining equipment, and spare parts that are a part of the Desert Queen Ranch story. 

    Meeting Locations:

    • 11:00 AM Meet at Hunters on Arenas for 11:00 AM departure
    • Or 12:00 Noon at Park Service Visitor Center  6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree 
    • Trail Length: 1/2 mile
    • Hiking time: 90 minutes
    • Trailhead Elevation: 4200’
    • Difficulty Rating: Easy

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Distance to trailhead is 50 miles. 

    • Park entrance fee or Golden Age Passport applicable.
    • Bring  water (1 to 2 liters recommended), sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. 
    • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
    • Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Registration note: The initial sign up is for members only. Registration will be open to nonmembers and guest in two weeks. Sign up early while there is still space available.

    No refunds since we make advance payment to the NPS. 

    Contact Hike Leader:  Scott Connelly: EMAIL 

    Click here Photos previous hike 

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.

    • Sun, December 09, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Broken Yolk Cafe. 262 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
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    Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 - 5 to 9 PM

    Please join us for the annual Great Outdoors Holiday Party. This special event will be held at the Broken Yolk Cafe at 262 S. PALM CANYON DR. PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262 (click here for directions). Great Outdoors will have exclusive use of the Broken Yolk Cafe during this event.  

    Registration for this event is limited to GOPS members and their guest only. The attendance will be limited to 80 people.  Non-members may register after Nov. 29th (if space is available).

    We will provide a buffet-style dinner that includes appetizers, turkey, ham and vegetarian main courses, with many side dishes and desserts. Additionally, a full-service cash bar will be available for all beverages (alcohol and soft drinks). We will also have an ever-popular gift exchange, moderated by a special guest.  If you choose to participate in this optional event, please keep the gift value to about $20.

    The cost to members for this event is $12 per person. Guests (non GOPS members) may register for $20 per person. Payment must be made at time of registration. As part of the registration process, please choose a category to provide one of the following:

         1. A vegetable side dish

         2. A dessert

         3. Help with checking-in people, setup or cleanup.

    Payments Although a PayPal screen will appear requesting payment via PayPal, you can scroll down on that screen and pay with a credit card without needing a PayPal account.

    RefundsThere are NO REFUNDS for this event.  Payment must be made online at the time of registration. We may cancel unpaid registrations in order to allow others on the waitlist to attend.

    For questions, please contact David Warren via email (SocialEventsCoordinator-PS@GreatOutdoors.orgor call/text (760) 818-3696.

    • Fri, February 08, 2019
    • 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 1004 E. HOLTON RD, HOLTVILLE CA 92250
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    SUNRISE ON THE FARM. Start your day with a warm breakfast followed by a hay-wagon tour of the UC Desert Research Center. Tour will include U-Pick fresh vegetable harvesting, door prizes, and information on Imperial Valley's top 10 commodities. Mid day we will visit the nearby Holtville hot springs. Bring your bathing shorts and towel for a soak in the hot springs. Bring Lunch for a picnic at the hot springs. Next stop will be downtown Holtville for the annual Carrot Festival and Street Fair

    Meeting Location: 6:30 AM Meet at PetsMart Palm Springs Ramon/Crossley for 6:30 AM departure

      Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Distance  is 109 miles, 2 hrs. travel

      FARM SMART tours offer a unique experience covering agriculture in Imperial Valley.  The tours also showcase research being done at UC Desert Research and Extension Center.  The Imperial Valley is a hidden treasure in the United States. Due to the warm climate and water accessibility, there are hundreds of different plant varieties that flourish in the desert atmosphere. While the fertile desert houses university research and plant variety development—few seem to know the incredible impact the Imperial Valley has on the agricultural industry.

      Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

      Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.

    Past events

    Fri, October 26, 2018 SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY hosted by George, Tony & Eddie.
    Sat, October 13, 2018 CHUCKWALLA BENCH CAMPING
    Fri, October 12, 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - 40TH ANNIVERSARY
    Sat, October 06, 2018 GIANT ROCK: NAT'L PUBLIC LANDS DAY
    Sun, September 30, 2018 GOPS END OF SUMMER POOL PARTY!
    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, 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
    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
    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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