Radio Travel host Pamela Wilson, features hidden cultural sites of Southern California.  Treasures of the West is Broadcast on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles & on the web

Current Radio Show - A visit to Tree People and Ballona Wetlands

 This months show took us to visit two hidden treasures in Los Angeles, where you'll find opportunities for children and adults to get involved in protecting the environment and connecting with nature.

First stop was to a beautiful location on top of Mulhulland Drive and Coldwater Canyon to visit "Tree People", a hidden oasis off the beaten path of the city.   You'll discover hiking trails with spectacular views of the city, as well as community programs and projects to help plant trees throughout Los Angeles.

We then visited an ecological reserve tucked away by the sea called "Ballona Wetlands" to hear about the one of the last open coastal wetlands in Los Angeles.  The Friends of Ballona offers tours for children and adults where over 200 species of birds pass through every year due to the restoration project.    Click on Calendar to hear the current radio show.

Exploring the west is the mission of my show,  so when traveling I look for the hidden treasures tucked away on the outskirts of any given city.  It may be a botanical garden, cultural center, or a historic landmark developed by those who planted their roots to live, work and contribute to the community. 

My last trip was to the southwest to Albuquerque New Mexico, where I discovered a historic farm called "Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm" which dates back to the early 1900's.  This boutique Inn is surrounded by fields of lavender and botanical gardens, including a small gift shop selling a variety of lavender scented products and gifts.  Los Poblanos is an ideal location for a quiet getaway, outdoor wedding or a day trip just slightly off the beaten path in Albuquerque. 

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