FREE Weekend Nature Programs

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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. Weekend programs are free to visitors, but donations helps us keep our doors open and programs running.

Solstice Stroll

June 23, 2018

10:30am - Beat the heat and join a Naturalist for a hike through the preserve as the summer season arrives. See what changes are happening as the weather heats up!

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Salamander Storytime

June 24, 2018

1:30pm - Come enjoy a stories about these amazing amphibians, learn all about their double lives, and meet one up close!

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Along the River Edge

June 30, 2018

10:30am - Who lives at the river edge? Hike with a naturalist and explore the habitat where beaver, otter, herons and other wildlife live. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us.

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Fawn Frolic

July 01, 2018

1:30pm - It's fawn season! Get out in the preserve in hopes of "spotting" one of these secretive babies!

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American River the Beautiful

July 07, 2018

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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Story Time

July 08, 2018

1:30pm - Come relax and enjoy some nature tales. This event is recommended for children and the young at heart.

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Pond Paint

July 14, 2018

10:30am - Settle in to 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.

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Leapin' Lizard

July 15, 2018

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

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Maidu Summer Village Tour

July 21, 2018

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 Centerís replica Maidu village.

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Meet the Menagerie

July 22, 2018

1:30pm - Visit the critters that live in the Nature Center and learn why these animals couldnít survive in the wild.

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Beat the Heat!

July 28, 2018

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 29, 2018

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

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