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.

Spooky Story Time

October 28, 2017

10:30am - Gear up for Halloween with some spooky stories told by the Sacramento Storytellers Guild. Stories guaranteed not to cause nightmares, recommended for ages 6 and up.

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Happy Owloween!

October 29, 2017

1:30pm - From Great Horned Owls to Saw Whet Owls, it will be hard to pick whooooo’s your favorite. Learn about these spooky yet intriguing creatures as you get ready for Owloween!

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Salmon Stroll

November 04, 2017

10:30am - The annual migration of Chinook salmon has arrived. Join a naturalist and hike to the river to catch a glimpse of these impressive fish as they swish and swirl in the shallows.

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Fall Colors

November 05, 2017

1:30pm - Create colorful fall art by making leaf rubbings of the leaves found in the Nature Center’s village area. Have fun while learning how leaf shape and size help in identifying trees. All ages welcome.

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Tine Beasts and Where to Find Them

November 11, 2017

10:30am - Join guest presenters Young Scientists in Training Team for this fun and interactive workshop. "Dive" into the world of microscopic creatures as you look at protozoans and tardigrades. Additionally, small water samples can be collected from the pond and examined under the microscope for "tiny beasts."

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Creature Feature

November 12, 2017

1:30pm - Meet some of the animal residents at the Nature Center up close. Learn about each of their unique journeys and how they became an educational ambassador for the Nature Center. All ages welcome.

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Birding For Families

November 18, 2017

10:30am - Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a Naturalist and 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.

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Village Tour

November 19, 2017

1:30pm - Step back in time on a guided tour of the Nisenan Maidu replica village. Discover the traditional uses for structures such as the granary, tule house and grinding rock, and why it takes many steps to make acorns into food. All ages welcome.

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Great Gobblers

November 25, 2017

10:30am - Had enough turkey yet? Come learn about the wild turkeys in the Nature Area and take a walk in search of a rafter (of turkeys, of course).

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Sunday Safari

November 26, 2017

1:30pm - Grab your binoculars and join a naturalist guide to get a closer look at the animals and plants that make up the unique habitat along the American River.

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