FREE Weekend Nature Programs

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Join us every Saturday at 10:30am and Sunday at 1:00pm for a hike or a talk led by one of our naturalists. These public programs, appropriate for all ages and interest-levels, are provided free of charge. 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 - sign-ups are taken the day of the event. We recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to start time. Weekend programs are free to visitors, but donations helps us keep our doors open and programs running.

American River the Beautiful

July 01, 2017

10:30am - Come celebrate the beauty of the American River this 4th of July weekend. Join a Naturalist for a walk and learn about this historic and beautiful waterway.

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Leapin' Lizard

July 02, 2017

1:30pm - Skinks, blue bellies, and alligator lizards, oh my! Come meet some resident lizards and find out what makes these cold-blooded critters so amazing.

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Beat the Heat!

July 08, 2017

10:30am - Take time to appreciate trees for all the shade they provide by enjoying a leisurely morning walk on the Preserve trails. Join a Naturalist as you watch for deer, hawks, woodpeckers and much more before the afternoon heats up.

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Whoooo's There? OWLS!

July 09, 2017

1:30pm - Meet an owl and get an eye-opening look at these incredible hunters.

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Fawn Frolic

July 15, 2017

10:30am - It’s fawn season! Get out in the preserve in hopes of “spotting” one these secretive babies!

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Pond Paint

July 16, 2017

1:30pm - Snag a spot in the shade and take time to notice all beauty of the Nature Center Pond. Using water colors and water from the pond create unique pieces of art to take home! Art supplies and encouragement provided but not instruction.

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Maidu Summer Village Tour

July 22, 2017

10:30am - The Maidu people have lived in this area since long before Europeans came to California. Join a naturalist to view cultural artifacts and craftwork, and then take a tour of the Nature Center’s replica Maidu village.

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Meet the Menagerie

July 23, 2017

1:30pm - Visit the critters that live in the Nature Center and learn why these animals can no longer survive in the wild.

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Summer Nature Stroll

July 29, 2017

10:30am - Explore what’s happening in nature during the summer season! Join us for a guided walk through the preserve and to the American River. Bring your binoculars or borrow some from us.

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Beaks, Claws and Jaws

July 30, 2017

1:30pm - Join us in our classroom for a presentation on how local wild animals are adapted to survive. Enjoying viewing “biofacts” – items like skulls or feathers -- and a live animal to compare the “tools” an animal uses to find and eat its food.

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Saturday Safari

August 05, 2017

10:30am - Grab your binoculars to catch a closer glimpse of the animals and plants that make up the unique habitat along the American River.

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Rattle Snakessssss

August 06, 2017

1:30pm - These awesome animals deserve everyone’s respect. Learn to identify these amazing creatures and discover how they fit into the California landscape.

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Critters of the River

August 12, 2017

10:30am - Herons, otters, and crayfish, oh my! Join us for a morning stroll to see what kinds of critters call the American River home.

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August 13, 2017

1:30pm - Grab a pan and catch gold fever! Learn about some of the local Gold Rush history and get your hands dirty as you learn how to pan for gold in hopes of striking it rich.

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Deer Toes and Coyote Paws

August 19, 2017

10:30am - Learn to read the tracks of rabbit, deer, coyote, turkey and the clues that animals leave behind!

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Skye's the Limit

August 20, 2017

1:30pm - Come to the Nature Center to meet our resident red-shouldered hawk, Skye. Take a peek into the amazing world of birds of prey that live in and around the Nature Center.

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Awesome Aquatic Critters

August 27, 2017

10:30am - Splashing, skimming, swishing, swimming, what are all those critters in the water? Using catch and release techniques explore these interesting invertebrates and learn about their underwater world.

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Nature Story Time

August 27, 2017

1:30pm - Come relax with us and enjoy some nature tales. This program recommended for children and those young at heart.

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