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.

Galls for Fall!

September 22, 2018

10:30am - Join a naturalist for a walk in the nature preserve to explore those inventive insects who build their homes in plants.

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Sea Otter Awareness Week!

September 23, 2018

1:30pm - 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 cousins, and their vital role in the fresh water ecosystem. More sea otter awareness week info at

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National Public Lands Day

September 29, 2018

10:30am - Celebrate something we all share: our public lands! Get the satisfaction that comes from preserving and protecting your favorite public places 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

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Turkey Vultures

September 30, 2018

10:30am - Hats off to the bald and not so beautiful members of nature’s clean-up crew! These relatives of the condor and stork are intelligent, family-oriented and play games together! Learn more about the amazing turkey vulture and their importance to our ecosystem.

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Fall Frolic

October 06, 2018

10:30am - Acorns and leaves surround us! Find out how our oak woodland changes with the fall season and how wildlife is preparing for winter.

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Gifts of the Earth

October 13, 2018

10:30am - Learn about Sacramento’s native people and how plants and animals played a role in the lives of the Maidu people.

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Going Batty

October 14, 2018

1:30pm - Explore the mysteries of bats. Discover why these creatures are so misunderstood.

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Birding for Families

October 20, 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 borrow a pair from us.

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Amazing Salmon

October 21, 2018

1:30pm - 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.

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Happy Owloween

October 28, 2018

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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