Due to the science demands of the
will be no scheduled special events or activities during the meeting.
However, there will be a trip to Mt. Wilson (see below) on Friday if
there is enough interest. The Symposium organizers hope you will take
time to enjoy the local beaches (maybe even take a surfing lesson!)
and/or town of Ventura during your free time. Check below at
"Exploring Ventura" for interesting local activities and links.
Special Mt. Wilson Trip
All-Day Friday 27-August-2010
This is the day after the symposium officially ends.
promised, there will be an all-day (8:00 am to 5:00-5:30 pm) trip by
motor coach to Mt. Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains. We
need a minimum of 20 people to make this happen. Friends and family
welcome, but children must be at least 12 years old.
Travel time is approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours each way with a 4-hour
on-site visit. A sack lunch will be provided.
Cost: $65 USD
Refunds: Money will be fully refunded if this trip is
cancelled by us.
If you are registered for this trip and cancel AFTER the deadline, your
money will NOT be refunded.
plan to fly out Friday night if you take this trip! With Friday evening
traffic, it is possible our return trip will take longer than planned
and you could miss your flight.
Sign up through the Registration
A major part of California's history involves the founding of 21
missions by the Spanish between 1769 and 1823. Mission San
Buenaventura, from which Ventura takes its name, was the ninth of these
missions, founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1782. Experience a piece
of this history with a self-guided tour of this still active church.
Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturday
9am to 5pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm. (approx. 0.6 mi, 1.0km)
Museum Ventura County:
The museum presents a comprehensive record of life in this
prehistory to the present, through art, artifacts, documents, and
photographs. While construction for its expansion is ongoing, visit
their temporary location at 89 S California St, Tuesday through Sunday
11am to 6pm. (approx. 0.2mi, 0.3km)
Adobe Historic Residence:
This adobe is the last remaining example of the homes that once lined
Main Street and is typical of those ordinary people lived in. It is
said to be the birthplace of the famous Ortega Chile Company. Open
daily 9am to 4pm. (approx. 0.9mi, 1.4km)
of California's premier surfing spots is located just up the beach
(north) from the meeting venue. Take a 2-hour lesson through
They provide everything you need and, if you are
staying at the Crowne Plaza, you get a discount.
Hiking, fishing, kayaking,
wine tastings, and more are available. Rent a bicycle
to take advantage of the bike path just oceanside of the meeting venue.
All this and more.
For an extensive preview of Ventura, download your visitors guide.