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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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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

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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Curry Canyon Ranch (Lower 200) Full Moon Hike

November 10, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Curry Canyon Ranch CA United States + Google Map

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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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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