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October 2019

Black Diamond Mines Halloween Hike

October 26, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Black Diamond Mines, 5175 Somersville Road
Antioch, CA 94509 United States
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Come celebrate Halloween on the trails of Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve; costumes are optional but encouraged! Referring to an essential fuel source (coal) for the burgeoning Bay Area of the mid 1800s, Black Diamond Mines has beautiful scenery and a long-standing history of industry. The preserve traverses areas of grassland, foothill woodland, mixed evergreen forest, chaparral, stream vegetation, and exotic plantings introduced by coal miners. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack, and dress in layers.…

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Ohlone Medicine

October 26, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Learn which plants local Native Americans used to treat a variety of ailments from loose teeth and thinning hair to headaches and chest congestion. Join docents Sarah Schoen and Marie Faust Evitt on this hike exploring the Peters Creek and Long Ridge Trails, with a lunch break overlooking the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. There will be frequent stops as you begin to appreciate Ohlone cultural practices used before the introduction of modern medicine. Where to Meet: Meet…

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BUG EATERS: All about Carnivorous Plants

October 26, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
UC Botanical at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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$12 – $18

In honor of Halloween, we will explore some of the fascinating and beautiful plants that can trap and eat bugs! Enjoy this family program for all ages as we get up close with the amazing leaf adaptations of carnivorous plants. Children go home with a venus fly trap! Target audiences:  All Audiences, Children Open to audience:  All Audiences Registration required:  $18 Adult / $16 Child or $12 Member Adult / $10 Member Child Registration info: https://41780.blackbaudhosting.com/41780/FAMILY-PROGRAM-BUG-EATERS–All-about-Carnivorous-Plants-26Oct2019 Event Contact:  [email protected], 510-664-7606

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Daytime Solar Viewing at Robert Ferguson Observatory

October 26, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Robert Ferguson Observatory, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd
Kenwood, CA 95452 United States
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Free

The Robert Ferguson Observatory (RFO) is open to the public at least once a month, usually on a Saturday near the time of the New Moon (see schedule at left). Daytime Solar: Solar telescopes are set up so you can safely look at and listen to our favorite star, the Sun.

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Trekking the Model

October 26, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Free

Join a Ranger or docent on a guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 –2000.

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Bioluminescence Kayak Trip

October 26, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tomales Bay State Park, 1208 Piece Point Rd.
Inverness, 94937
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Greater Farallones sanctuary naturalists and Pt. Reyes Outdoors lead a kayak adventure to experience the eerie phenomenon of bioluminescence in the sheltered waters of Tomales Bay. At twilight we’ll launch our kayaks and paddle to a quiet beach to enjoy a dessert picnic and warm beverages. Then, setting out again in the deepening dark, we’ll watch as tiny plankton, called dinoflagellates, create their bioluminescent magic. Ripples from our paddles and wakes, from darting fish, and even seals will ignite flashes…

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Life After Dark – A Guided Night Hike at Byrne Preserve

October 26, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Byrne Preserve, 27210 Altamont Road
Los Altos Hills, CA United States
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Join our habitat restorationists, lead educator, and California Naturalists for a new perspective of Byrne Preserve … at night! As dusk falls, we will hike to the top of the hill for a view of the sunset (6:17 PM) over the San Francisco Bay. Then, we’ll walk back down through the valley and up the oak woodland to view and learn about the life that exists after dark in this precious open space. In our hike we’ll talk about the…

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Tales at Twilight: Fantastical Fall Storytelling at Sienna Ranch

October 26, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Rd.
Lafayette, 94549
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$15

October 26th 6pm-9:30pm Tours start every half hour Price- $15 per person A mystery is afoot. Creepy creatures have tumbled out of the rocks and shrubs of Briones Regional Park and have found their way to our humble Sienna Ranch. Join us for an immersive evening tour as we investigate these curious critters. Tales at Twilight is a family friendly way to celebrate this Fall season. There will be two guided tour options: A Feast with the Foxes (ages 0-7),…

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Hoot ‘n Howl: Night Critters of the Laguna

October 26, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road
Santa Rosa, California 95401
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$20 – $35

Bats, owls and spiders, oh my! Bring familiar Halloween creatures to life during this fun, family-friendly evening at the Laguna Environmental Center on historic Stone Farm. The Laguna is home to a variety of animals we see frequently during the day, but who comes out when the sun goes down? We will take a short walk around the grounds, poking our heads in to the ol’ Hop Barn to look for barn owls, listen for high-pitched bat calls, examine different…

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Star Party at Robert Ferguson Observatory

October 26, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Robert Ferguson Observatory, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd
Kenwood, CA 95452 United States
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$5

The Robert Ferguson Observatory (RFO) is open to the public at least once a month, usually on a Saturday near the time of the New Moon. Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

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Autumn Exploration

October 27, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, Skyline Boulevard at Page Mill Road
Redwood City, CA 94062 United States
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You’ll explore the diverse plant communities of this Preserve in the fall, as you enjoy a leisurely-paced hike along the Ancient Oak, Charquin, and Ridge Trails. Learn about local flora and fauna discovered on your route and find out who Charquin (of the above-named trail) was. Expect spectacular views, weather permitting. Appropriate for capable children 10 years or older; the hike has moderate elevation changes. Docents Ann McCarty, Marie Faust Evitt, and Catherine Crawford-Swent will be your guides. Where to…

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Looking for Clues in Nature

October 27, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On a leisurely walk along the Zinfandel Trail, docents Debbie Mytels and Farhana Kazi will show you clues that open the door to understanding more about the natural processes in this beautiful preserve. Why are some trees the same distance apart? Why is the air suddenly cooler in a certain location? In addition to exploring the behavior or attributes of water, rocks, and fungi during this hike, you’ll also observe clues to human history as you enjoy the many views…

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November 2019

Bird Walk | Coyote Hills | Fremont

November 2, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Coyote Hills Visitor Center, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road
Fremont, California 94555
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COYOTE HILLS REGIONAL PARK – The Bay Area bursts with bird life! New and experienced birders alike join us as we discover patterns of behavior, migration, and habitat. 8+yrs. Parking fees apply where charged. No registration required; Drop-in program only. For information, call (510) 544-3220. – Parkison, Kristina – Free When: Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Where: Coyote Hills: Visitors Center, 37.553124, -122.090718 Event Type: Activities, Birding More Info: https://apm.activecommunities.com/ebparks/Activity_Search/26915  

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Animal Architecture

November 2, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Ordinarily, nests, burrows and many kinds of animal-made structures are not considered architecture. However, these structures are carefully constructed designs for specific purposes. Some have inspired human designs and construction methods. You’ll discover master builders of the woodlands, and learn why the “architects” are successful; you’ll also appreciate the importance of a healthy environment that provides life-sustaining food and materials. Docents Helena Cohen and Frances Reneau will lead this leisurely-paced nature walk following the Orchard Loop Trail to the Zinfandel…

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The Wallace Stegner Special

November 2, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join docents Susan Bernhard, Ann Reisenauer, and Veronica Chouinard for a moderately-paced hike along the Peters Creek and Long Ridge Trails. You’ll see evidence of the interesting human history of this Preserve and stop midway for a snack at the Wallace Stegner Bench to share a few inspiring words about the importance of preserving wild places. The bench marks one of Stegner’s favorite overlooks and affords sweeping views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Pacific Ocean. Where to Meet: Meet…

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Irish Canyon Audubon Hike

November 9, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Irish Canyon, Corner Peacock Creek Dr and Clayton Rd
Clayton, CA 94517 United States
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Join us for a guided tour of the spectacular 320-acre Irish Canyon property with local bird expert and hike leader, Maren Smith. The property is marked by three spring-fed branches of Irish Creek; blue oak woodland covers northeast-facing slopes, and valley oak savannah and grassland climb toward Kreiger Peak. Steep slopes are sculpted by landslide slumps. The property supports more than 400 species of plants and animals, provides world-class views very few living people have seen, and has a rich…

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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

November 10, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected…

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Curry Canyon Ranch (Lower 200) Full Moon Hike

November 10, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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What’s cooler than an exclusive hike on a property that you helped protect? Doing it at night! In the light of the full moon, find out what wakes up once the sun goes down on our Curry Canyon Ranch property. Listen for owl calls and keep an eye out for toads, bats, wolf spiders, scorpions, and other critters that go bump in the night. Enjoy the cooler temperatures as we discover Curry Canyon Ranch in a whole new darkness. Be…

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Almaden Quicksilver Fall 2019 Bioblitz

November 16, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

A BioBlitz is an event where we find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a this BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place. Docents will guide you and teach you to use the iNaturalist app on your smartphone or tablet to record all the living things…

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Creek Macroecology Field Trip

November 17, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center, 96 Mitchell Canyon Fire Rd
Clayton, CA 94517 United States
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$30 – $35

In this hands-on field workshop you will learn the processes which shape our local creeks, and hear stories about the varied creatures which use them in an intricate web of life. We will focus on experiential learning and curious investigation as we explore these concepts. From aquatic bugs (key BMI’s to order!) to fish, birds (learn bird calls) to plants, and sediment transport to urbanization, this class will be a whirlwind of life as a creek. Instructors: Theo Fitanides is…

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Search for the Everlasting

November 17, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Join docents Bob Segalla and Greg Azevedo to share the enjoyment of this Preserve so close to home and take the opportunity to decide if a certain plant smells like maple syrup – many people think it does! A lovely view awaits you along the Orchard Loop and Zinfandel Trails as does the sound of Stevens Creek. Capable children are welcome on this moderately-paced hike. A visit to the Picchetti Winery for wine tasting is optional (on your own) at…

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