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Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Activities:

- The park and botanical nature garden is enjoyed by naturalists, dog walkers, picnickers, homeschoolers, walkers and runners.

-The overlook terrace off Sunset offers some parking and a dramatic 180 degree view of the mountains ringing Redlands.

-While there are no restrooms or playground equipment, Caroline Park offers a unique park experience

 

The History

Caroline Park, located between Sunset Drive, Mariposa Drive and Poppy Road in Redlands, was donated to the City of Redlands in 1929 by Olivia Phelps Stokes in memory of her beloved sister Caroline. After the family fortune (Phelps Dodge Corporation) helped the sisters travel extensively throughout the U.S, they chose Redlands to build their winter home. When Olivia donated the 16.8 acre piece next to their home to the city for use as a park, she stipulated it to remain in its natural state as much as possible.

In 1987, a third generation Redlands resident, Dr. Harold Hill, who was Chairman of the City Parks Commission and active Redlands Rotary member, envisioned a native plant botanical park that was revegetated with attractive shrubs, trees and wildflowers. The concept he presented to the City was accepted and a task force of Rotary Clubs and the City Parks Department developed the park, with Redlands residents donating vital monies, landscaping and irrigation infrastructure, professional services, expertise and lots of hours.

 

The Plants

Caroline Park contains several habitats, including woodlands and a variety of chaparral plants, but isprimarily a great example of the dwindling Coastal Sage Scrubhabitat. Sage Scrub is characterized by low-growing aromatic shrubs that have specially adapted to Southern California’s Mediterranean climate.  Since it tends to occur on low elevation slopes that are ideal for development, the loss of coastal sage scrub is ongoing throughout California. Healthy specimens of several oak species (live oaks as well as the rare Engelmann) dot the sloping hills of Caroline Park. Coastal sage plants typically produce lusher, larger winter leaves and tiny, gray-green leaves during the hot summers.

 

Most common plants in Caroline Park:

Trees:  coastal live oak, valley live oak, Engelmann oak, scrub oak, California buckeye, coulter pine, elderberry, desert willow, sycamore, western redbud

Shrubs:  baja  fairy duster , bladderpod, California coastal sagebrush,  California buckwheat, coast goldenbush,  coast sunflower, coffeeberry, chamise, ceanothus (several varieties), deerweed,  fremontia, golden currant, island bush poppy, laurel sumac,  lemonadeberry,  manzanita (several species), matilija poppy, mahonia, monkeyflower,  Oregon grape, penstemon (several varieties including Keckiella cordifolia), spiny redberry, wild rose, sugar bush, sage (white, black, Cleveland), toyon, wild rose

Native annual wildflowers: California poppy, baby blue eyes, Canterbury bells, goldfields, mariposa lily, owl’s clover, pearly everlasting, penstemons, red maids, tidy tips

 

Irrigation System

Once established, native vegetation requires little water. The park uses four types of irrigation, usually for one to two hours per week, but each suited for plant types and locations:

  • - spray irrigation for small scrubs, groundcover or turf areas (high rate applied for 15-20 min)
  • -mini-spray irrigation for small shrubs/turf (relatively low rate for 15-40 minutes)
  • -rotary stream irrigation for larger shrubs (relatively low rate for 30-60 min)
  • -deep irrigation for individual plants, trees (very low rate for 3-10 hours)
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The Wildlife

Native plants provide wonderful habitat value and an intricate web of life, starting with the berries and insects that attract a host of birds, which in turn attract raptors. Caroline Park provides cover and food sources for a variety of mammals and other members of the animal world.

The following have been sighted during the last few years:

Birds: band-tailed pigeons, mourning doves, California quail (a covey of 20-30), California and rufous sided towhees, California thrasher, western bluebird, hawks (red-tailed, red-shouldered), owls (great horned,  barn), wrentit, roadrunner, orioles, scrub jay 

Mammals: California ground and tree squirrels, mice, gray fox, opossum, cottontail rabbit, coyotes, mule deer, packrats raccoon, skunk

Other: Lots of lizards, snakes, coast horned lizard, and a host of butterflies and insects

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Upcoming

Yesterday

  1. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, September 30th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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Today

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, October 1st
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, October 1st
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Tomorrow

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, October 2nd
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  2. Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission
  3. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, October 2nd
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Saturday, October 4th

  1. Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, October 4th
    • End time: 11:00am
    • The City’s successful Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market brings fresh local produce to historic downtown Redlands every Saturday.

      The Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market began June 6, 2009, bringing local growers to the City parking lot south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets near Ed Hales Park. The market operates from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

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  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection site
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, October 4th
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

      The site does not accept business waste, radioactive wastes, medical waste, explosives, reactives, or asbestos.

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  3. 11th Annual Family Day
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End date: Saturday, October 4th
    • End time: 01:30pm
    • Join us for our 11th Annual Family Day celebration! Mike Graf will be our guest author. The theme this year is Outdoor Adventures with Mike Graf. Available for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade & their families.

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Tuesday, October 7th

  1. City Council Closed Session Meeting
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, October 7th
    • End time: 06:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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  2. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, October 7th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. City Council Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, October 7th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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Wednesday, October 8th

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, October 8th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, October 8th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, October 9th

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, October 9th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, October 9th
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Friday, October 10th

  1. City Hall Closed
    • Extended service hours are offered in order for the public to conduct City business before and after traditional business hours. City staff is available 9 hours a day to serve you. City Hall offices are closed every other Friday.

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