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Sea Turtle Trek

Hike along the San Gabriel River in search of LA County's resident sea turtle colony.

Drawn by the warm waters of local power plants, a colony of sea turtles has taken up residence at the mouth of the San Gabriel River.

Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon on a guided tour of the Los Cerritos Wetlands. Led by local biologists from the environmental consulting group, Tidal Influence, we'll search for sea turtles while learning more about this special eco-system. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust.


  • There is no guarantee that we will find sea turtles during this event. They are wild animals with unpredictable behavior. That said, the odds are pretty good.
  • You cannot leave early from this event. We will be accompanied at all times by our guides and will be traversing access points that are normally closed to the public.
  • There are no restroom facilities available during the hike, so make sure you visit nearby shopping centers or restaurants to use the restroom before the 10 am meet up time.
  • Directions will be emailed to participants the week of the tour.
  • This event is family friendly, ages 10+
  • This hike is over two miles round trip. Please wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes with firm gripping. High heels, sandals, and flip flops are not allowed.
  • Water and sun protection are encouraged!
  • Photography and video are encouraged!
  • A liability waiver is required for this event.


Email Benjamin Harmon at

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