Barbara Welch is Our August ‘You in the Conejo’ Winner!

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Hawk Canyon, COSCA, Conejo Open Space.

Barbara Welch spotted this sign with signs and a lizard (above arrow) on it.

August’s “You in the Conejo” winner is Barbara Welch, whose photo featured the challenge subject for August—a Conejo Open Space trail sign—plus a bonus lizard on said sign. (We’re counting her including her hiking stick as a selfie,)

Here’s a recap of the “You in the Conejo” rules:

  • Each month in 2023, we’ll post the name of something that you can find in the open space. Then we want to see you post a selfie of you with it—for the month of September, it’s POISON OAK! Poison oak should be in its full glory with red leaves starting to appear, so now is a good time to make sure you recognize this scourge of trail users everywhere. Needless to say, don’t touch it, just point or stand near it.
  • The challenge is in effect the entire month to give you time to complete it. (And if you’re not sure about Open Space boundaries, please see our new trail guides on this single web page.)
  • After you’ve located something that matches the challenge description, take a selfie with the object. It’s okay to include other people or pets in the photo as long as we can see that you found the challenge subject. (For the camera shy, it’s all right to photograph just your hand or foot with the subject. And if your photo includes identifiable minors, please be the legal guardian.) Then post the photo of yourself to your Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #youintheconejo and tag COSF
    Hawk Canyon, Bill Brendan, COSCA, Open Space

    Bonus photo from Bill Brendan, who adopted the same trail through COSCA’s Adopt-a-Trail program.

    (@ConejoOpenSpaceFoundation). Identify where in the Conejo Open Space you took it. Make sure your privacy setting on the photo will allow us to view it. If all of that social-media effort sounds overwhelming, just email us your entry with the location info. (That’s

  • The contest is open to anyone 18 years of age or older.
  • Winners get an earth-friendly COSF t-shirt! And this year, you can win multiple times.

      To be notified by email of each month’s new challenge, please sign up here.

      Happy trails—and selfies—to you. We look forward to seeing what you find.


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