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

Seeing GREEN

March 18, 2018

1:30pm - Join a naturalist for some “catch and release” activities in the Nature Center’s pond. Explore what critters are living there and see how being green makes life a little easier in the pond.

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Nature Tales

March 25, 2018

1:30pm - Experience the magic of the forest as you hike and enjoy tantalizing tales of creatures, people, and nature.

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Sensational Spring

March 31, 2018

10:30am - Explore your senses as you absorb the sights, sounds, and smells of spring on this Naturalist led hike.

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April 01, 2018

1:30pm - Join us for a program that celebrates animals that hatch from eggs! Egg-xamine our nest and egg collections, then hit the trails in search of nests and the rare species of egg-laying bunnies. (April Fools!)

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Water Wonderful World

April 07, 2018

10:30am - Join us in exploring our local waterways! Take a hike to the river and learn all about its journey, see what kinds of animals are living in and along its edge, and learn how keeping our local waterways clean can make life better for all that share this earth!

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Living in Water

April 08, 2018

1:30pm - Discover the hidden world of water insects and polliwogs! Using catch and release activities get a close-up look at amazing little animals that live in our pond and can be found in our local waterways.

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Wildflower Walk

April 14, 2018

10:30am - Poppies, lupine, and grass pinks! Come explore the Nature Area in search of what’s in bloom.

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Sun Seekers

April 15, 2018

1:30pm - The weather is warm and so are the reptiles! Slither on in to learn all about these ectotherms (and what that word means!), what kind you may find in our area, and meet a resident reptile up close!

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Birding for Families

April 21, 2018

10:30am - 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 we can loan you a pair.

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Earth Day Walk

April 22, 2018

1:30pm - Take time to appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature this Earth Day with a hike. Join a Naturalist as we explore the variety of local wildlife and plants that call this oak woodland home.

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Powerful Pollinators

April 28, 2018

10:30am - Who’s responsible for most of the delicious fruits and vegetables we eat? Pollinators! Learn all about the different creature forms pollinators come in, explore some the Nature Center’s incredible insect collection, and take a hike to see if you can catch these busy critters in action.

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Save the Frogs Day!

April 29, 2018

1:30pm - Join us in a celebration of some of Mother Nature’s most valuable creatures, Frogs! Come see our resident amphibians up close, learn how important they are in the web of life, and how they let us know about the health of our local waterways. Make beautiful art celebrating your favorites!

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