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.

Under the Oaks

September 01, 2019

1:30 p.m. -- Our might oaks provide food an shelter for many animals and insects. Learn how to identify the three species of oak trees found in the Nature Preserve and discover who may be living in them. *This program is a hike.

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Meet the Menagerie

September 07, 2019

10:30 a.m. -- Come meet the critter that live at the Nature Center an learn why these animals are not able to return to the wild. *This program is a presentation.

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Plants with Purpose

September 08, 2019

1:30 p.m. -- Come walk with a Naturalist through the nature's garden. Learn plant identification and adaptations. *This program is a hike.

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Sensational Snakes

September 14, 2019

10:30 a.m. -- How do humans and animals explore and get information from their environment? Discover the functions of your senses and compare your sensory abilities to local wildlife. Use your senses to investigate animal artifacts and even a live animal! *This program is a presentation.

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Sun Seekers

September 15, 2019

1:30 p.m. -- Some have scaly skin, some have slimy skin, some have legs, and some don't. Can you guess what they are? Join us and meet one of these cold-blooded critters up close! *This program will be a presentation.

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Birding for Families

September 21, 2019

10:30 a.m. -- 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 welcome. Make sure to bring your binoculars, or we can loan you a pair! *This program will be a hike.

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National Public Lands Day

September 28, 2019

10:30 a.m. -- Celebrate something we all share: our public lands! Get the satisfaction that comes with preserving and protecting your favorite public lands by joining us for a trail and river clean-up. Families and individuals welcome! Be a part of the nation's largest, single day volunteer effort for public lands! *This program will be an interpretive hike with a naturalist to the river & trail/river clean-up.

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Sea Otter Awareness Week

September 29, 2019

1:30 p.m. -- Join us in celebrating otters by highlighting our own local species, river otters! Learn about these secretive and playful creatures, how they are alike and different than their ocean-dwelling cousin, and their vital role in the fresh water ecosystem. More sea otter awareness week info at www.seaotterweek.org *This program will be a presentation.

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Fall Frolic!

October 05, 2019

10:30am – Fall Frolic! Acorns and leaves surround us! Find out how our oak woodland changes with the fall season and how wildlife is preparing for winter. *This is a hike

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Going Batty

October 06, 2019

1:30pm – Going Batty: Explore the mysteries of bats! Discover why these creatures are so misunderstood. *This program will be a presentation.

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Gifts of the Earth

October 12, 2019

10:30am – Gifts of the Earth: Learn about Sacramento’s native people and how plants and animals played a role in the lives of the Maidu people. *This program will be a presentation & a hike.

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Galls for Fall!

October 13, 2019

1:30pm – Galls for Fall! What is a gall? How is it formed? Learn all about our native trees and the variety of galls that can be found among them in the Fall. *This program will be a presentation & a hike.

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Birding for Families

October 19, 2019

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. *This program will be a hike.

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Amazing Salmon

October 20, 2019

1:30pm – Amazing Salmon: It’s that time of year again; the incredible Chinook salmon fall run is due! Discover the amazing life cycle of these impressive fish and hike to the river in search of these kings of the river. *This program will be a presentation & a hike.

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Hibernation Conservation

October 26, 2019

10:30am – Hibernation Conversation: The weather is cooling down and the animals are tucking away to sleep through the winter. Come learn about what animals in the preserve will be hibernating and when they will wake up! *This program will be a presentation & a hike.

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Happy Howloween!

October 27, 2019

1:30pm – Happy Howloween!: Ever hear those yips, yaps and howls in the distance? Our coyote friends have many ways of communicating! Join a Naturalist for an educational talk all about our howling residents and then hike through the preserve in hopes of seeing a coyote! *This program will be a presentation & a hike.

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