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August 2019

Night Sky Party

August 16, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center, 1751 Grand Blvd.
Alviso, CA 95002 United States
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Free

Meet the stars of Fall and view the moon and maybe some planets! Join our amateur astronomers as we learn about constellations. Make a star chart and then venture outside to view the night sky through a telescope. Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate. Dress warmly, as it gets cold in the evening. Fun for the whole family! Great for Scout groups! Reservations Recommended. Questions? Hope: 408-262-5513 ext.104

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Pond Farm Docent-led Tour

August 17, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (Volunteer Center), 17000 Armstrong Woods Road
Guernville, California 95446
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$16 – $20

Take a docent-led tour of Pond Farm Pottery and learn about the history of this significant cultural site that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the dreams and challenges of the Herr Family and Marguerite Wildenhain, the first woman master potter to graduate from the Bauhaus. Pond Farm was Marguerite’s home, school and studio for over 30 years and she taught hundreds of her students in the traditions of the Bauhaus. Please arrive promptly at 9:30…

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Bicycle Tour “Bike the Watershed IX”

August 17, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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free

Come ride you bike with us! GWC and MCBC invite you to our ninth annual bike ride & picnic on August 17, 2019 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Start at the Marin Civic Center and enjoy a scenic 8 mile bike ride through the Gallinas Watershed in North San Rafael. This all ages event lets you enjoy the scenery and learn about our watershed with regular stops along the way! Celebrate with a picnic at the lagoon! Meet at…

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Why Tides Matter

August 17, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center, 1751 Grand Blvd.
Alviso, CA 95002 United States
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Free

Docent Laurel Stell will talk and walk you through all things tides. What are they? How do they affect wildlife? How have humans reshaped the Bay’s tidal lands? Program starts indoors but will move outside for an easy 1 mile hike. Binoculars will be provided. All ages are welcome, bring your whole family! Reservations recommended. Questions? Hope: 408-262-5513 ext.104

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Wildlife Tracking at Estero Americano Preserve with Caitlin Williams

August 18, 7:00 am - 10:30 am

Come spend the morning exploring the mudflats with a wildlife tracker. We don’t always see animals in the wild, but through the art of wildlife tracking, we can read the stories of their lives. Coastal California is home to many species of birds and mammals who are active in the night and early morning hours when humans aren’t there to watch. This adventure will take advantage of the morning low tide to read the stories left by animals overnight. Join…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

August 18, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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East Bay: Briones Reservoir Ramble

August 18, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Briones Reservoir, Tilden Park, near Bear Creek, Wildcat Canyon Road
Orinda, Berkeley, CA 94563 United States
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Keep cool with a shady hike on the Bear Creek Trail above Briones Reservoir. As we walk, we’ll share some nature tidbits about the native trees and shrubs we see along the trail and learn the fate of the poor bear for whom the creek is named. The hills to the west, once threatened with development, were preserved for future generations in one of Greenbelt Alliance’s earliest open space campaign victories. This is a one-way hike with a car shuttle.…

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Hiking and Mindfulness

August 18, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Escape in to the forest on a moderately-paced hike where you’ll be taught valuable mindfulness strategies while tapping in to the healing and calming powers of nature. Join docents Diane Maez, Ann McCarty, and Marie Faust Evitt on an incredible day of exercise and relaxation. Please bring your lunch and something to sit on. Where to Meet: Meet at the Preserve parking lot on Page Mill Road (across from Los Trancos Preserve), 7 miles west of I-280 or 1.5 miles…

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Birds of Limantour

August 18, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Limantour Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes, CA 94956 United States
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This walk is for ages 18 and up. Every year a multitude of birds move through the outer areas of the county while migrating to their winter destinations. In late summer many of them are already on the move pausing here to refuel before continuing their journey south. We’ll follow the trail that runs above the estuary before we make our way back along the beach scanning for birds foraging with the tide and out on the open water. Remember…

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Three Preserve Tour — on Horseback

August 22, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Travel the trails with docent Teri Baron (and assistance from Susan Osofsky an equestrian trail patrol volunteer) on a ride to explore three amazing open spaces preserves – Skyline Ridge, Monte Bello, and Long Ridge, with an additional county park visit along the way. You’ll ride through almost every habitat type found in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Trails on this moderately-paced ride (with lots of up and down sections) include White Oak, Canyon, and Chestnut Trails. Reservations are required and…

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Watershed Action Day BioBlitz

August 24, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arena Green, 375 W Santa Clara St
San Jose, 95113
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free

As part of Watershed Action Day in downtown San Jose, you can join a BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying 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…

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The Impact of Fire

August 24, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Santa Teresa County Park, 260 Bernal Rd.
San Jose, CA 95119 United States
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Free

Hike two miles with Santa Clara County Parks staff through a recent wildfire burn and explore our relationship with fire in the 21st-century. Appropriate for ages 12 and up! Meet at Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, Santa Teresa County Park 372 Manila Drive, San Jose, 95119 Questions? Call (408) 918-7779 Note: This hike begins with a brief, steep, strenuous section of trail. Afterwards, it is fairly flat.

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Crafts in the Outdoors: Beginning Leatherwork

August 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center, 1751 Grand Blvd.
Alviso, CA 95002 United States
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Doing crafts outdoors is a wonderful experience! Make and decorate (tool) a small patch for your backpack or clothing made from vegetable tanned leather. Learn how Bay Area residents used the tanoak tree for food and for making leather. This family-friendly program lets you have fun crafting your own leather item. Bring water, snacks, and appropriate clothing. This program runs rain or shine. Led by Steve Stolper, Certified California Naturalist. Reservations Recommended. Questions? 408-262-5513 ext.104

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Arachnophilia!

August 24, 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Explore the world of arachnids with spider-loving docents Debbi Brusco, Jack Owicki, and Sara Witt. With luck, a tarantula may cross your path as you search for often timid creatures that you might usually be inclined to avoid. You’ll hike at a leisurely pace along the Canyon Trail in addition to other trails, with an elevation gain of up to 600 feet. Capable, attentive children 10 years and older are welcome. Bring a flashlight (with a red filter or cellophane…

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Round Valley Sunset Hike

August 24, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Round Valley Regional Preserve, 19450 Marsh Creek Rd
Brentwood, CA 94513 United States
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Free

Discover the gorgeous hills at sunset at Round Valley Regional Preserve on the eastern slopes of Mount Diablo. Known for the abundant prey species that hide in its grass, Round Valley naturally attracts predators including badgers, bobcats, golden eagles, and mountain lions. Experience one of the most scenic valleys in the East Bay, a true jewel. There are restrooms and a picnic area at the staging area. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack, and dress in…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

August 25, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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South Bay: Butano Redwood Grove

August 25, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Butano State Park, 1500 Cloverdale Road
Pescadero, CA us
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Beat the summer heat with a wilderness escape to Butano State Park. Greenbelt Alliance Advancement Manager Nora Cullen will lead us on this sylvan adventure through redwood-filled canyons along Butano Creek and the Six Bridges Trail. LEADER Nora Cullen TOTAL DISTANCE This is a moderate hike of four to five miles with a few hundred feet in elevation change. WEATHER POLICY Rain cancels. COST There is a $10/vehicle park entrance fee. Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-bay-butano-redwood-rove-registration-62726929936 WHERE TO MEET We’ll assemble near…

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Senior Stroll: Exploring an Island

August 25, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Santa Margarita Island, Meet at the gate end of Meadow Dr
San Rafael, United States
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This small preserve, which is surrounded by the tidally influenced South Fork of Las Gallinas Creek, is an ideal spot for a relaxed summer walk. The oak-covered hill which rises in the center of the island is encircled by a short (.3 mile) loop trail that follows the edge of the salt marsh.  We’ll take advantage of this level, dirt pathway to discuss the plants and animals that can be found in each of these habitats. Remember to bring binoculars,…

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Bats of Alpine Pond – Skyline Ridge Preserve

August 25, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, Skyline Rd Hwy 35
Los Altos, CA 90755 United States
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Join docents Karen DeMello and Jan Hintermeister to dispel some myths and learn some facts about the world’s most misunderstood mammal: the bat. As the sun goes down, you’ll linger near the Daniels Nature Center to see whether bats appear over Alpine Pond, returning to your car before darkness sets in. Bring binoculars if you have them. Where to Meet: For this activity at Skyline Ridge Preserve, meet at the Russian Ridge Preserve parking lot on the northwest corner of…

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Sweet Smells of Summer

August 30, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Many of late summer’s drying plants are delightfully aromatic. Open your olfactory senses while exploring the wonders of nature with docents Gerri Tiernan, and Bill and Marilyn Bauriedel on this moderately-paced hike along the Orchard Loop and Zinfandel Trails. You’ll hike to adjoining Stevens Creek County Park for a brief lunch break at picnic tables before returning on the Zinfandel Trail. A visit to historic Picchetti Winery is optional (on your own) at hikes’s end. Where to Meet: Meet at…

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East Bay: Tarantula Trek on Mount Diablo

August 31, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mount Diablo State Park (Mitchel Canyon Rd), 96 Mitchel Canyon Fire Rd
Clayton, CA 94517 United States
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Join us for an evening hike up Mitchell Canyon in search of the crepuscular critters that call Mount Diablo home. We’ll get close up and personal with Liz Watson’s eight-legged friend, Scarlett O’Harry, before we head out to look for owls, bats, reptiles, spiders, and other denizens of the dark that hide during the day but shine (figuratively and sometimes literally) as the sun goes down. DISTANCE This is an easy to moderate hike of about two-and-a-half miles with a…

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September 2019

Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

September 1, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

September 8, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Sugarloaf Brunch on Bald Mountain

September 21, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd
Kenwood, CA 95452 United States
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$40

Calling all hikers (and non-hikers, too)! Sonoma Valley’s signature mountaintop is a must-do for avid hikers, but now non-hikers can enjoy the view in good company, too while supporting our beloved park! Join us on Saturday, September 21 , 2019 as Bill & Dave Hikes and Sonoma Ecology Center present our Annual Brunch on Bald Mountain benefit to support Team Sugarloaf! Enjoy the strenuous hike, led by Bill & Dave Hikes, to the top of Bald Mountain along the trails.…

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The Impact of Fire

September 21, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Santa Teresa County Park, 260 Bernal Rd.
San Jose, CA 95119 United States
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Free

Hike two miles with Santa Clara County Parks staff through a recent wildfire burn and explore our relationship with fire in the 21st-century. Appropriate for ages 12 and up! Meet at Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, Santa Teresa County Park 372 Manila Drive, San Jose, 95119 Questions? Call (408) 918-7779 Note: This hike begins with a brief, steep, strenuous section of trail. Afterwards, it is fairly flat.

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Umunhum Vistas

September 22, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join docents Greg Azevedo and Gordon Ferguson for a visit to the Mount Umunhum summit and a leisurely hike on the upper slopes. Discover and learn local history, and the flora of the area while enjoying sweeping views of Santa Clara Valley and the surrounding Preserve landscape. Where to Meet: Meet at the parking lot at the top of Mt. Umunhum Road. Exit Highway 85 at Camden Avenue. (From Southbound Hwy. 85 turn left on Camden Ave. From northbound Hwy.…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

September 22, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Ohlone Footsteps

September 22, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Prior to European settlement, the Bay Area was home to a mosaic of Native American tribal communities, many of the early inhabitants frequented the Santa Cruz Mountains. Join docents Kim Borick and Marie Faust Evitt for a leisurely-paced hike with frequent stops along the Ipiwa and Sunny Jim Trails. Historical and cultural background will be provided along with examples of indigenous material used by California Native people and of their practices in managing the local landscape. You’ll walk where Native…

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Examining the Past & Present: People, Place & Parks

September 28, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Doran Regional Park, 201 Doran Beach Road
Bodega Bay, CA 94923 United States
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Investigate the park’s cultural history during a scavenger hunt revealing what the landscape looked like prior to Spanish/Mexican settlements, learn about the Coast Miwok, take a journey back in time to Vallejo’s ranches and begin to unearth our roots. Families and folks of all ages welcome. Parking $7 or  free for Regional Parks members. For more information on this free event, contact Irma Cuevas by email at  [email protected] or by phone at  (707) 565-7888.

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Daytime Solar Viewing at Robert Ferguson Observatory

September 28, 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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Marinship and California’s Second Gold Rush

September 28, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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During WWII, Sausalito (including the Bay Model building) was home to a shipyard called Marinship. Join Charles Wollenberg, history instructor at Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley for this talk and learn how the story of Marinship fits into the larger history of the “Second Gold Rush,” the extraordinary process of social and demographic change produced in the Bay Area by World War II. Over the years, he has written several articles and books on 20th century California social history,…

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Star Party at Robert Ferguson Observatory

September 28, 8:00 pm - 11:30 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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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

September 29, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Twin Ponds Loop Hike – Shell Ridge

September 29, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Twin Ponds, End of Rockspring Place
Walnut Creek, CA United States
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Though largely dry in September, this lovely, winding creek drainage and its ponds continue to provide moisture and shade. This hike in the Walnut Creek Open Space borders Foothills Regional Park, and we’ll take a brief detour for a glimpse of Mount Diablo, which rises above both. Be sure to dress in layers and wear sturdy boots or shoes; bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a snack. RVSP: To allow everyone equal access in signing up, registration for this hike…

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October 2019

UC Davis Raptor Center Comes to Vacaville’s Peña Adobe Park

October 5, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pena Adobe Historical Park, Off Interstate 80 at Pena Adobe
Vacaville, CA 95687
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On Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 11:00 to 2:00, The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host the UC Davis California Raptor Center at the Peña Adobe Park. The park is located at Peña Adobe Road off Interstate 80 in Vacaville to the left of Lagoon Valley Park. Julie Cotton, Outreach Coordinator for the California Raptor Center, seeks to introduce people of all ages to raptors and their habitats, and to encourage appreciation, respect, and protection of these magnificent birds. When…

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Daytime Solar Viewing at Robert Ferguson Observatory

October 5, 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 5, 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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Star Party at Robert Ferguson Observatory

October 5, 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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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

October 6, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Orinda Olive Festival & Food Trucks

October 6, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wagner Ranch Nature Area, 350 Camino Pablo
Orinda, California 94563
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Free

Family-Friendly. Free Admission. All Welcome. Come enjoy the beautiful historic ranch and 18-acre nature preserve, open twice a year to the public. Learn about (and taste) a variety of olive oils from local producers including: award winning Grumpy Goats Farm (extra Virgin olive Oil); Amphora Nueva (East Bay favorite with olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars); McEvoy Ranch certified organic olive oil (featured in National Geographic 2018 & Sunset Magazine 2018); and Olive Drop (Lodi, CA). Also featuring olive oils…

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Mitchell Canyon Tarantula Hike

October 6, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center, 96 Mitchell Canyon Fire Rd
Clayton, CA 94517 United States
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$6

Find out if you have arachnophobia or fall in love with spiders as naturalist and hike leader Ken Lavin introduces you to the gentle giants of Mount Diablo. Early fall is a busy time for local tarantulas as they look for love on the mountain. Join us for a moderately paced four-mile hike with moderate elevation change to dispel myths about tarantulas and observe them in nature. Be sure to bring plenty of water, a snack, and dress in layers.…

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Guided Hikes with David Herlocker: Celebrating Autumn!

October 12, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Martin Griffin Preserve, 4900 Shoreline Highway One
Bolinas, CA 94924 United States
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Join us on Saturday, October 12 as we celebrate the first day of our three-Saturday autumn public season at Martin Griffin Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch! Renowned local naturalist David Herlocker will be providing guided hikes at 11am and 2pm. David has been leading walks and giving presentations on natural history for over 30 years. He has been giving docent trainings and other walks and talks at Martin Griffin and Bouverie preserves for the last 20 years. He recently retired…

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Ferns & Other Ancient Plants

October 12, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Take a walk down into Stevens Creek Canyon, with docents Debbie Mytels and Ping Li who will help you identify various ferns and other plants that evolved before flowers graced the Earth. You’ll learn about ferns commonly consumed by humans in different cultures around the world and you’ll look for newts while crossing over the creek. Returning by the White Oak Trail, you’ll stop to enjoy the snack you have packed, and maybe observe some deer browsing in the meadow.…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

October 13, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Wonders of Cherry Springs

October 13, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join docents Greg Azevedo and Emma Finter at a special access area of this Preserve that will traverse mixed evergreen forest and grassland. You’ll discuss local history and learn about the pond environment and flora of the area while enjoying views of Santa Clara Valley and the surrounding Preserve. This moderately-paced hike includes a 500-foot elevation gain uphill segment. (Note: Directions will be sent and participants will carpool to the trailhead.) Reservations are required and will be accepted on or…

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Drop from the Top Ride

October 13, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ride the scenic single-track North Ridge and Whittemore Gulch Trails with docents Dave Kocsis and Patty Lovelace as you descend into the cool redwood forests shading Purisima Creek. You’ll continue the loop with an invigorating fire road climb to Skyline Boulevard, observing many facets of life in the redwoods as you go, and complete your ride with a cruise on Skyline Boulevard. This is a high-intermediate, moderately-paced ride with about 1,800 feet of climbing. (Note: a portion of this ride…

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Oak Trees and Acorn Maidens

October 13, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join docents Ann Reisenauer, Susan Bernhard, and Veronica Chouinard for a fall hike through mixed evergreen forest and riparian habitats. As you hike down the White Oak Trail towards the headwaters of Stevens Creek, you’ll learn about the different California oaks, see oak galls, and listen for acorn woodpeckers. You’ll also hear the Native American legend of the acorn maidens. Returning on the Stevens Creek Nature Trail, you’ll pass reminders that this is also earthquake country. Capable, attentive children are…

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Literature, Lore, and Life Sciences

October 19, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive
Los Altos, CA 94024 United States
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Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Unpack the diverse symbolic and scientific meanings behind this and other familiar quotes from literature across the centuries and continents on this moderate hike along many of this Preserve’s popular trails. Docents Anna Lee and Chris MacIntosh will guide you on an exploration of the ways nature has inspired literature and lore throughout history, and the ways that humans have made sense and meaning of nature. (Note: Arrive early and…

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Field Trip: San Bruno Mountain, Dairy Ravine-Cable Ravine

October 19, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
San Bruno Mountain State & County Park, 555 Guadalupe Canyon Parkway
Brisbane, CA 94005 United States
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Free

Leader: Doug Allshouse These two north-facing ravines form most of the area above the parking lot opposite the park entrance. Their names allude to dairy ranching and to cables that descend from the communication towers on the summit. The two ravines share similar plant communities that are dotted with eucalyptus plantings threatening endangered butterfly habitat. To explore both ravines we’ll walk the Eucalyptus Loop to the Dairy Ravine and Summit Trails ascending to the mountain’s summit. Then it’s on to…

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John Reber, the Man with Grand Ideas

October 19, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Free

Back in the 1940s, John Reber would look out over the San Francisco Bay and visualize a massive civil works project of dams and locks to harvest fresh drinking water, and barriers that would support railway systems and a highway. His intention was to improve the quality of life for Bay Area business and residential communities. The Bay Model was constructed by the USACE to test the Reber Plan. What were the results? Find out more by joining Ranger Linda…

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Wandering and Writing in Nature

October 20, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Writers and philosophers across the ages have found inspiration, wisdom, and peace through time spent in nature. Join their ranks on this moderate hike along Peter’s Creek and Long Ridge Trails, accompanied by the words and spirits of John Muir, Alice Walker, and Aristotle. Share meanings and philosophies with fellow hikers and docents Anna Lee and Marie Faust Evitt, then discover your own insights during a quiet contemplation break at the Wallace Stegner bench. You are encouraged to bring a…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trekking the Model

November 16, 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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