Nature of Things Speaker Series

The Nature of Things is a science-based program for adults who want to expand their knowledge of the natural world. Most programs in the series include both a seminar and a field study, allowing participants to gain relevant background information before applying their new knowledge or skills out in the field. Our guest presenters include naturalists, rangers, photographers, authors and educators. If you have an interest in science and want to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Sacramento region, its wildlife and history, join us for... The Nature of Things!

Ages 12 to adult

Program costs vary, depending on presenter, subject and number of seminar and field studies included.

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Working with Willow

June 03, 2018

8:30am - 1:00pm 

Presented by Vince La Pena

Have you ever wondered what life was like without shopping malls, hardware stores and grocery stores? You would have to make things for yourself with the resources that you could gather from the environment around you. Some of the plants along the American River Parkway have been used by the Native people of this area for food, clothing and building materials. 

Join us for a special program on Sunday, June 3rd as you get hands on and learn how to build with willow. Vince will teach the ethics of gathering, how to prepare the willow, and how to construct a frame which will be the base of the Nature Centerís replica village tule hut. There will be a break for lunch. This program is physically active, please be prepared to cut, lift and bend. 

Limit of 12 participants.


About the Speaker:  Vince La Pena worked as a Park Interpretive Specialist for the County of Sacramento for nearly 12 years. During his work at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center he was involved with the Maidu Cultural Heritage Program and oversaw the maintenance of the replica village located along the walkway leading up to the nature center. As a naturalist, he worked to increase his knowledge of local flora and fauna. He currently teaches a California Indian Cultural Studies class for a local tribal school. As a member of a Northern California tribe, Vince has always had an interest in preserving traditional ecological knowledge and local Native culture.


Date and Time: Sunday, June 3  8:30am-1:00pm

Cost: $35 (general admission), $25 (member price)

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