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.

Birding For Families

January 20, 2018

10:30 - 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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Nor-Cal Snakes

January 21, 2018

1:30 - Slither on in for a special presentation. Try to “scale” back your enthusiasm as your learn all about our local snakes. Learn all about the varieties that are found here, their life history, habitats, and meet live snakes up close!

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Frog or Toad

January 27, 2018

10:30 - What’s the difference between frogs and toads? Meet some amphibious creatures up close and find out!

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Plant Walk

January 28, 2018

1:30 - Sedges have edges, rushes are round, come discover what plants can be found! Join a naturalist to explore the gardens and trails to learn the varieties and traditional uses of native plants. Recommended for ages 5 and above.

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Ground Squirrel Day

February 03, 2018

10:30 - Ground Hog Day is over; it’s time to celebrate some of our own local ground dwelling critters! Come join us for a relaxing stroll in the Nature Preserve to learn about our not so bushy-tailed neighbors.

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Fun Facts about Otters and Beavers

February 04, 2018

1:30 - These two are not related, but are often mistaken for each other. Did you know that otters are part of the weasel family and that beavers are actually rodents? Come learn some fun facts about these creatures who roam our local waters. All ages welcome.

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Duck, Duck, Goose

February 10, 2018

10:30 - Winter is a great time to see waterfowl along the American River. Join a naturalist on a guided walk to look for herons, ducks, geese and other birds along the river. Bring your binoculars or borrow some of ours! All ages welcome.

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Critter Corner- Valentine's Day Edition!

February 11, 2018

1:30 - Get eye to eye with one of our loveable slimy, scaly, or feathered residents! Express your love for our animal residents as you construct hand-made Valentines to be displayed on their enclosures. $1 suggested donation for each Valentine displayed.

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Birding for Families

February 17, 2018

10:30 - 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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Sensational Senses

February 18, 2018

1:30 - How do humans and animals explore and get information from their environment? Come learn some fun facts about the function of your senses and compare them with the sensory ability of local wildlife. Meet a live animal!

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Oh, Deer!

February 24, 2018

10:30 - Hit the trails and see what our local deer population is up to as winter comes to an end.

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Pipevine Preview

February 25, 2018

1:30 - Come learn about this oddly beautiful California native that’s the host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. Join a Naturalist on a hike to see if any “Dutchman’s Pipe” is blooming in the Nature Study Area!

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