Weekend Nature Programs

Looking at Plants in the Nature Preserve

Join us every Saturday at 10:30am and Sunday at 1:30pm for a hike or talk led by one of our naturalists. These public programs and child and family-friendly. Consistent with our goals of educating and inspiring the community, the programs cover a wide-range of science and nature-related topics from bird-watching to solar-cooking. Guest speakers featured throughout the year bring expertise and passion to their programs, attracting many return visitors.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot please call ahead to pre-purchase your tickets. (916) 489-4918.

Turkey Vulture Adventure

January 25, 2020

10:30am - What bird eats meat but can't kill its own food?These relatives of the condor and stork are intelligent, family-oriented, and play games together! Learn more about the amazing turkey vulture and their importance to our ecosystem.

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Animal Tracks and Signs

January 26, 2020

1:30pm - There are many animal-made signs in the woods that reveal who has used the trail before you. Become a nature detective by playing tracks and scat games; then take a walk to find some animal signs in the Nature Area.

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Leave it to Beaver

February 01, 2020

10:30am: Explore the adaptations of these amazing animal engineers and take a walk to look to beaver signs in the Nature Study Area.

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Duck, Duck, Goose

February 02, 2020

1:30pm: Winter is a great time to see waterfowl along the American River. Join a Naturalist on a guided walk to look for herons, ducks, geese and other birds along the river. Bring your binoculars or borrow some of ours! All ages welcome.

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Story Time

February 08, 2020

10:30am: Story Time – Join a Naturalist for some tantalizing tales of creatures, people and nature.

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Critter Corner: Valentine's Day Edition

February 09, 2020

1:30pm: Do you LOVE our resident animals as much as we do? Then come visit them and SHOW your love as you construct hand-made Valentines to be displayed on their enclosures. $1 suggested donation for each Valentine displayed.

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Birding for Families

February 15, 2020

10:30am: Birding for Families! – Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a Naturalist and our special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from us.

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Closer look at Ants

February 16, 2020

1:30pm: Closer look at Ants – Learn about the world of ants and how fascinating these little critters truly are. Follow one of our Naturalists through the preserve for an Ant-tastic hike!

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Falcons of the Sky

February 22, 2020

10:30am: Falcons of the Sky – The fastest animal in the world has some really cool adaptations which make it an excellent hunter. Meet our resident Peregrine Falcon and get a closer look at her amazing adaptations.

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Pipevine Preview

February 23, 2020

1:30pm: Pipevine preview – Come learn about this oddly beautiful California native that’s the host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. Join a Naturalist on a hike to see if any “Dutchman’s Pipe” is blooming in the Nature Study Area!

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Raptor Identification

February 29, 2020

10:30am: Raptor Identification – Do you know how to identify a raptor based on flight characteristics, proportions and body shape? Join a Naturalist and learn how to identify these amazing birds from our view on the ground.

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