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 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. We offer low-cost and free weekend programs. Donations are always welcome, and help us keep these programs running.

Optimum Opossum

June 29, 2019

10:30 a.m. -- Learn all about these fascinating, uniuqe and misunderstood creatures. These animals are very interesting, but most people don't know anything about them. Come learn about this really cool critter! Donations welcome.

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Tools & Tales

June 30, 2019

1:30 p.m. -- Join us inside and enjoy some tantalizing tales of creatures, people and nature! Get a chance to view replica Maidu artifacts made from the gifts of Earth and learn about their many uses. Then make abalone necklaces with a Naturalist! $5 General / $3 kids 12+ under. Members $4 / $2 kids 12+under.

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American River the Beautiful

July 06, 2019

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. Cost: $5 General / $3 12+Under. Members $4 / $2 12+Under Pre-Register in the Visitor's Center or Call: (916) 489-4918. We recommend arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

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Pond Paint

July 07, 2019

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. Cost: $5 General / $3 12+Under. Members $4 / $2 12+Under Pre-Register in the Visitor's Center or Call: (916) 489-4918. We recommend arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

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Whoooo's There? OWLS!

July 13, 2019

10:30am - Meet an owl and take an eye-opening look at these amazing hunters. Cost: $5 General / $3 12+Under. Members $4 / $2 12+Under Pre-Register in the Visitor's Center or Call: (916) 489-4918. We recommend arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

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Fawn Frolic

July 14, 2019

It’s fawn season! Get out in the preserve in hopes of “spotting” one these secretive babies! Cost: $5 General / $3 12+Under. Members $4 / $2 12+Under Pre-Register in the Visitor's Center or Call: (916) 489-4918. We recommend arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

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Beat the Heat!

July 20, 2019

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. Cost: $5 General / $3 12+Under. Members $4 / $2 12+Under Pre-Register in the Visitor's Center or Call: (916) 489-4918. We recommend arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

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Leapin' Lizard

July 21, 2019

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. Cost: $5 General / $3 12+Under. Members $4 / $2 12+Under Pre-Register in the Visitor's Center or Call: (916) 489-4918. We recommend arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

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Bark Rubbing

July 27, 2019

10:30am – Come explore the varieties of trees found in the Nature Center’s village and create your own colorful bark rubbing art. Learning how each tree’s bark pattern is the key to identifying the many types found in this area. All ages welcome. Cost: $5 General / $3 12+Under. Members $4 / $2 12+Under Pre-Register in the Visitor's Center or Call: (916) 489-4918. We recommend arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

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Hawk Talk

July 28, 2109

1:30am - Do you wonder which hawks you are seeing in your neighborhood? Come learn some tips on identifying the most common hawks in the area and get up close to one of the Center's resident hawks. Cost: $5 General / $3 12+Under. Members $4 / $2 12+Under. Pre-Register in the Visitor's Center or Call: (916) 489-4918. We recommend arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

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