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January 2020

Guided Elephant Seal Walks

January 19, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$7

Stroll over sand dunes on a moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour hike with a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals. In the month of December, male elephant seals arrive and establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular daily guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and…

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Bring a friend to 2-for-1 MOVIE NIGHT (Campbell)

January 19, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Ultraviolet Night Hike from Hunting Hollow

January 19, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hunting Hollow Entrance, Gilroy Hot Springs
Gilroy, CA 95020 us
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Come explore a surprising world of color at night! There are a number of animals, plants, and minerals in the park that fluoresce under long-wave ultraviolet light. Millepedes that glow blue-green, lichen that radiates bright pink, pinecones speckled with neon-green tree sap, flowers with interesting patterns. What we find will amaze you. We'll meet in the Hunting Hollow parking lot at 5pm and hand out ultraviolet flashlights. From there we'll explore the various creek crossings and trails to see what's…

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MLK Day: Free Pinnacles National Park (WEST SIDE)

January 20, 7:15 am - 6:00 pm
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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

January 20, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$7

Stroll over sand dunes on a moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour hike with a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals. In the month of December, male elephant seals arrive and establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular daily guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and…

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MLK Day: FREE San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park

January 20, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Kid’s Hike: Ring in the MOO year! at Lynch Canyon

January 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, 3100 Lynch Road (near McGary Road)
Between Fairfield and Vallejo, CA United States
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Spend the day off with the kids to join Solano Land Trust and the amazing kid’s hike docents on a hike to learn all about the free range cows at Lynch Canyon! Meeting location: Lynch Canyon Parking lot at 9:45.  Wear good walking shoes and bring water and snacks.  If it is raining, mud boots are advised.  Rain may cancel hike. RSVP recommended. Free.   *NOTE: There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check,…

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Exploring Historic Coe Ranch and Trails, 5 miles, Morgan Hill

January 20, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9000 E Dunne Ave, 9000 E Dunne Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037 us
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Turn back time on Monday afternoon. Join Coe Volunteers as we investigate old ranch buildings and local scenic trails of the Coe Ranch. About 5 miles, 700 ft elevation gain. Back to cars by 4 pm. Check out the Coe residence, cook house, cold storage, blacksmith shop, and barns. Hike out and back on Live Oak trail. Hike up to views on top of Pine Ridge, and a monument to Henry Willard Coe. Return with a stop at the old…

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Mission Strategy Game

January 20, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Free

Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. Free event. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849.

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Power Walk CLOVIS (6:30 pm)

January 20, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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“Rock N Glow” Bowl at Homestead Bowl

January 20, 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Pinnacles – High Peaks and Caves trail

January 21, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

January 21, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$7

Stroll over sand dunes on a moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour hike with a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals. In the month of December, male elephant seals arrive and establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular daily guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and…

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When Water Dreams – Art Exhibition

January 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Free

Canadian artist/photographer Bill Peters presents large-scale color images of the salt ponds, sloughs and wetlands of San Francisco Bay shot from a helicopter from 2009 through July of this year. The shoreline of San Francisco Bay is a crucible where the human forces that work on land and water intersect with nature. Infused with the graphic power and emotional sensibilities of formalist abstract art and color field painting, Peters’ work surprises: at first glance it appears fully abstract, indistinguishable from…

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Exploring Big Basin

January 21, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. Meet at park headquarters. Rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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6.7-mile hike at Alum Rock Park/Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

January 21, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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4-mile run/walk to Lexington dam plus dinner at Gardino Fresco (Los Gatos)

January 21, 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
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VISIT EXACT CENTER OF CA & THE MILLION DOLLAR MILE TO STEVENSON CREEK BRIDGE

January 22, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

January 22, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$7

Stroll over sand dunes on a moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour hike with a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals. In the month of December, male elephant seals arrive and establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular daily guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and…

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When Water Dreams – Art Exhibition

January 22, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Free

Canadian artist/photographer Bill Peters presents large-scale color images of the salt ponds, sloughs and wetlands of San Francisco Bay shot from a helicopter from 2009 through July of this year. The shoreline of San Francisco Bay is a crucible where the human forces that work on land and water intersect with nature. Infused with the graphic power and emotional sensibilities of formalist abstract art and color field painting, Peters’ work surprises: at first glance it appears fully abstract, indistinguishable from…

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Sutro Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Day

January 22, 9:30 am
Mount Sutro Native Plant Nursery, 476 Johnstone Dr.
San Francisco, California 94131
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free

PROPAGATION AND TRANSPLANTING at Mt. Sutro Native Plant Nursery                                                                                                 Every Wednesday, 9:30am – 12:30pm Come enjoy a morning of Stewardship at the Sutro Nursery! Nursery activities include sowing seeds, transplanting plants, tending to our demonstration gardens, planting out on the mountain, and more, depending on the needs of the day. No experience necessary, tools and instruction provided. Please bring water and wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty, sturdy shoes, and layers. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required.…

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State of the Watershed 2020: Sausal Creek Watershed

January 22, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave.
Oakland, 94602 United States
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free

Who else is working in the Sausal Creek Watershed? Join Friends of Sausal Creek and other county and city groups working in the Sausal Creek Watershed for presentations on their projects efforts and their long term goals. Please join us to learn more about our larger community! Schedule: 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Poster session featuring Adopt-A-Spot site leaders and nonprofit partners 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Presentations include Councilmembers, City of Oakland Staff, Oakland Fire Department, and Alameda County Flood Control…

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Conservation Committee Meeting

January 22, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Louden Nelson Community Center Room 2, 301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA us
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The Conservation Committee discusses and reviews conservation issues that are affecting Santa Cruz County, including conservation topics such as forestry, wildlife habitats, water, transportation, pollution, preservation of heritage trees, and more. This Committee provides recommended actions to the Executive Committee regarding how to address these issues, such as writing letters to officials stating the Sierra Club Group's position. Open to the public. Meeting agendas and notes posted here: https://www.sierraclub.org/ventana/santa-cruz/conservation-committee-meetings-agendas-and-minutes

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Power Walk CLOVIS (6:30 pm)

January 22, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Trivia night at New Jersey’s

January 22, 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

January 23, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$7

Stroll over sand dunes on a moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour hike with a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals. In the month of December, male elephant seals arrive and establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular daily guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and…

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When Water Dreams – Art Exhibition

January 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Free

Canadian artist/photographer Bill Peters presents large-scale color images of the salt ponds, sloughs and wetlands of San Francisco Bay shot from a helicopter from 2009 through July of this year. The shoreline of San Francisco Bay is a crucible where the human forces that work on land and water intersect with nature. Infused with the graphic power and emotional sensibilities of formalist abstract art and color field painting, Peters’ work surprises: at first glance it appears fully abstract, indistinguishable from…

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Mount Madonna Fetid Adder’s Tongue Hike, CNPS

January 23, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mount Madonna (Sprig Recreation Area), 152 Blackhawk Canyon Rd and Hecker Pass Hwy
Watsonville, CA 95020 us
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It’s a stinky little flower but an exciting one since it’s one of the first of the new year! Let’s see if the intriguing Fetid Adder’s Tongue is blooming at Mount Madonna. If not, we’ll have a nice hike in a lovely forest. We'll do ±4.5 mile loop with ±800 feet ascent. Bring water and lunch. Arrive early; we depart on time. Led by Andy Werner. This is a CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY field trip. Please don’t sign-up unless you…

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Run-walk workouts at Cupertino HS track

January 23, 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
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Favorite Edible Mushrooms of Sonoma County Presentation by Darvin DeShazer

January 23, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road
Santa Rosa, California 95401
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$14

Foragers, naturalists, and enthusiasts, join us for one of the most popular and timeless winter topics in natural history: edible mushrooms. If you’ve ever been stopped on a hike by a curious-looking mushroom and wondered, “Could I eat that?” this presentation is for you. The forests, grasslands, and woodlands of Sonoma County host about 3,000 species of mushrooms, half of which are edible. Local mushroom hunter, Darvin DeShazer, will take us on a visual journey through some of his favorite…

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

January 24, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$7

Stroll over sand dunes on a moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour hike with a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals. In the month of December, male elephant seals arrive and establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular daily guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and…

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7-mile hike to Frog Lake & beyond, Coe Ranch, Morgan Hill

January 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Henry Coe State Park, 9100 E Dunne Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037 us
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Join Coe Volunteers on this moderate 7-mile hike past Frog Lake to Middle Ridge with views to Mt Hamilton & Blue Ridge. About 1,500 feet elevation gain. Includes a creek crossing. Back to cars by 3 pm. Details: Walk along Manzanita Point Road, past ribbon-chert rocks. Stop to admire the acorn woodpeckers' oak tree granary at the grand junction. Head north on Flat FrogTrail, cross Little Fork Coyote Creek, and see what's swimming/ hopping at Frog Lake. Then it's up…

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When Water Dreams – Art Exhibition

January 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Free

Canadian artist/photographer Bill Peters presents large-scale color images of the salt ponds, sloughs and wetlands of San Francisco Bay shot from a helicopter from 2009 through July of this year. The shoreline of San Francisco Bay is a crucible where the human forces that work on land and water intersect with nature. Infused with the graphic power and emotional sensibilities of formalist abstract art and color field painting, Peters’ work surprises: at first glance it appears fully abstract, indistinguishable from…

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

January 24, 1:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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High School Earth Stewards at McClellan Ranch Preserve

January 24, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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Earth Stewards is a 16 week long high school afterschool program led by Grassroots Ecology that meets on Friday afternoons from 4-5:30 pm at McClellan Ranch Preserve.  Throughout the program participants will: Assist in ongoing ecological restoration efforts on the preserve (pulling weeds, planting native plants, watering) Learn various environmental topics as well identify flora and fauna on the preserve Collect environmental data through surveying and vegetation monitoring Learn about college and career options in the environmental field Connect with…

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The Wild & Scenic Film Festival

January 24, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street
LIvermore, CA 94550 United States of America
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The Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour is one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America and it’s coming to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore on January 24, 2020. These festivals are hosted globally by environmental groups such as ours whose mission is to bring awareness and education to a diverse audience and to inspire activism for a livable planet. The selected short films in our custom program portray beautiful, vital, and fragile environments, and introduce our…

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Pearl tea at TeaTop – Which location? :)

January 24, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Wild Northern California Watersheds

January 25, 1:30 am - 2:30 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Free

Northern California is made up of whole areas that resemble large funnels. The rainy season can turn a babbling brook into a natural force that is both exciting and dangerous. Can the tides impact the natural flow of fresh water? Join Ranger Linda and learn more about our incredible geologic formations, changes in weather patterns, and unpredictable land and river conditions as tributary waters flow to the sea.

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FOOTRACE: China Camp Challenge 5K/10K/Half Marathon

January 25, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
China Camp State Park, 1898 N San Pedro Rd
San Rafael, CA 94901
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Tucked behind the town of San Rafael and located along the San Francisco Bay sits China Camp State Park.  A wonderful park for hikers, mountain bikers and of course, runners.  Lots of single track trails to enjoy as well as views of the great landmarks of the Bay Area.  We always like coming back to China Camp for its natural canopy of trees which protects you rain or shine, the diverse tidal marshes and the wild turkeys everywhere!  Come join…

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Coyote Sno-Park – snowshoe BASH and BBQ – 3 trails: Easy, Moderate, Strenuous

January 25, 7:00 am - 9:00 am
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Pinnacles National Park WEST SIDE (Hollister)

January 25, 7:15 am - 6:00 pm
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Hike on the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail

January 25, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join SFPUC for a hike along the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail! Access to the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail, in the SF Watershed, is available only with a docent and we would love for you to be part of the adventure! You’ll experience lovely views of the Pacific, the Bay, and several reservoirs, and, if you’re lucky you may spot a bald eagle soaring above. Sign up for this hike through the SFPUC website!  How to sign up: Register for the SFPUC site…

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Hike 15 to 18 miles

January 25, 8:15 am - 5:15 pm
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Seal Adventure Weekend: Fundraiser for Coastside State Parks Association

January 25, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$75

Tickets available now! Experience a memory-making adventure by participating in a special fundraising event to support educational programs at Año Nuevo State Park and other California State Parks along the San Mateo coast. For one weekend only, visitors will have access to linger for an entire morning (8:30am-noon) or afternoon (1:30-5pm) to view the elephant seals at the peak of the breeding season. Only 100 visitors are allowed for each half-day session  to enhance your experience. This rare opportunity is…

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When Water Dreams – Art Exhibition

January 25, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Free

Canadian artist/photographer Bill Peters presents large-scale color images of the salt ponds, sloughs and wetlands of San Francisco Bay shot from a helicopter from 2009 through July of this year. The shoreline of San Francisco Bay is a crucible where the human forces that work on land and water intersect with nature. Infused with the graphic power and emotional sensibilities of formalist abstract art and color field painting, Peters’ work surprises: at first glance it appears fully abstract, indistinguishable from…

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Birding Staten Island and Cosumnes River Preserve

January 25, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cosumnes River Preserve, 13501 Franklin Blvd.
Galt, CA 95632 United States
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It’s 90 minutes from Oakland and Berkeley to these Central Valley sites. The Nature Conservancy’s Staten Island is managed for the Sandhill Cranes, and the flooded fields are likely to have a variety of ducks, geese, and Tundra Swans. We’ll meet at Staten Island at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Participants have two options: A day trip to Staten Island and Cosumnes, with a lunch break on the porch at the Cosumnes Visitor Center. Continuing on, driving 100+ miles north, staying…

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Rock City to the Summit of Mt. Diablo

January 25, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Habitat Restoration: Saplings and Salmon

January 25, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Meet at Intersection of Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Platform Bridge Rd, 700 Platform Bridge Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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Join us in Lagunitas Creek to enhance salmon habitat by planting native trees! The goal of this event is to increase native tree cover above a newly created flood plain channel to provide shade and habitat for endangered Coho salmon which use our watershed to spawn. Increased tree cover will keep stream temperatures cool and provide lots of insects for young salmon to prey upon, while tree roots will provide sanctuary from fast-flowing water. We’ll be planting rain or shine,…

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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Beginnings at the Adobe

January 25, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA United States
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As your family begins a new year, please join us as we imagine the Castros’ experience as one of the first Spanish families to make their home in California. Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cocina and keep out of the cold in the comfort of our adobe, where we will share the stories of this pioneering family and our pioneering park. When we finally open for regular days and hours, you can say you were there…

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Coast Nature Walk

January 25, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, Hwy 1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 us
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Free

We will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs on this 2-mile family-friendly walk. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, and layered clothing. Meet at interpretive center. Trail stroller accessible. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505.

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Sempervirens Falls Hike

January 25, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

Join us on a 4-mile hike to visit Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Bring water, snacks, and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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MUSHROOM HIKES AT FILOLI

January 25, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Filoli, 86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA 94062 United States
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$15.00

Filoli’s mushroom hikes are for visitors new to the world of mushrooms and enthusiasts interested in discovering what fungi are fruiting on Filoli’s nature preserve. You’ll learn about the important ecosystems of fungi and how to spot mushrooms on the forest floor. This 90-minute hike traverses 2-3 miles of uneven terrain including moderate hills. The trails are not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Bring water, walking shoes, and clothing for light rain. Heavy rain cancels the hike. Children 5 and older…

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Old-Growth Redwood Tour

January 25, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 N Big Trees Park Road
Felton, CA 95018 United States
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Free

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use…

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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

January 25, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

Explore the park’s less traveled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level, and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.   

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Snakes Alive!

January 25, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at park headquarters, meet docent Diane Shaw and her snake, and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Wildcat Canyon San Pablo Ridge 7.2 Mile Moderate Hike

January 25, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildcat Canyon – Alvarado Staging Area, 5874 Park Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805 us
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HIKING TIME: 3.5 hours DISTANCE: 7.2 miles, Loop. ELEVATION GAIN: Approx. 1400 feet DIFFICULTY: Moderate terrain and elevation. RULES: Dogs allowed FACILITIES: Restrooms and water at trailhead. WEATHER: 55° - 60° Fhttps://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/ca/el-cerrito/KCAELCER23Sunset: 5:24pm WAIVER:Please sign the online waiver. You MUST do so for each event. This is required for our liability insurance. If you are bringing guests, they must sign separately. Select the Event Title and fill in the form. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. The form is…

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Ranch Tours

January 25, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, Hwy 1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 us
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Free

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505.

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

January 25, 1:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Trekking the Model

January 25, 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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Trekking the Model

January 25, 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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Trekking the Model

January 25, 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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Seal Adventure Weekend: Fundraiser for Coastside State Parks Association

January 25, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$75

Tickets available now! Experience a memory-making adventure by participating in a special fundraising event to support educational programs at Año Nuevo State Park and other California State Parks along the San Mateo coast. For one weekend only, visitors will have access to linger for an entire morning (8:30am-noon) or afternoon (1:30-5pm) to view the elephant seals at the peak of the breeding season. Only 100 visitors are allowed for each half-day session  to enhance your experience. This rare opportunity is…

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Seal Adventure Weekend: Fundraiser for Coastside State Parks Association

January 26, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$75

Tickets available now! Experience a memory-making adventure by participating in a special fundraising event to support educational programs at Año Nuevo State Park and other California State Parks along the San Mateo coast. For one weekend only, visitors will have access to linger for an entire morning (8:30am-noon) or afternoon (1:30-5pm) to view the elephant seals at the peak of the breeding season. Only 100 visitors are allowed for each half-day session  to enhance your experience. This rare opportunity is…

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The Road Less Traveled: A Dog-Friendly Walk

January 26, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We’ll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun and easy, 3- mile, 2-hour walk with docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water. Meet at park headquarters. High winds cancel. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call…

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Nature Journal Fieldtrip – Hawk Hill in Marin Headlands

January 26, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join the Nature Journal Club for a day of nature exploration, art, and journaling. The Nature Journal Club is a wonderful group of nature lovers, artists, biologists, families, and friends that meet together to explore, wonder, and create art in the field. Every month we take a field trip together somewhere in the Greater Bay Area (other journaling clubs have regular events and trips in other areas- check out some of those links here). The field trips are open to…

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Salamander Safari

January 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 N Big Trees Park Road
Felton, CA 95018 United States
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Discover some of the secretive salamanders that live in the redwood forest on this 2-mile excursion to Eagle Creek! Learn all about salamander life cycles, behaviors, adaptations, and the current threats facing these astounding amphibians. Make sure to bring water, proper hiking shoes, and a sense of adventure! Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077.

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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Beginnings at the Adobe

January 26, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA United States
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As your family begins a new year, please join us as we imagine the Castros’ experience as one of the first Spanish families to make their home in California. Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cocina and keep out of the cold in the comfort of our adobe, where we will share the stories of this pioneering family and our pioneering park. When we finally open for regular days and hours, you can say you were there…

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Lake Solano Canoe Tour

January 26, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Lake Solano Park, 8685 Pleasants Valley Rd.
Winters, CA 95649 United States
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Enjoy the lovely weather with a guided canoe tour at Lake Solano Park! This canoe adventure is from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM and will be led by volunteer docents Linda Allison & Zoey Heyer-Gray. Discover the wonders of Putah Creek through exploration, relaxation, and education. The tour is an opportunity to learn about life along the river and the special riparian forest that grows along its banks. The guided trip is limited to 14 guests. Children age 8 and older are welcome…

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Ranch Tours

January 26, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, Hwy 1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 us
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Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505.

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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

January 26, 1:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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Seal Adventure Weekend: Fundraiser for Coastside State Parks Association

January 26, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$75

Tickets available now! Experience a memory-making adventure by participating in a special fundraising event to support educational programs at Año Nuevo State Park and other California State Parks along the San Mateo coast. For one weekend only, visitors will have access to linger for an entire morning (8:30am-noon) or afternoon (1:30-5pm) to view the elephant seals at the peak of the breeding season. Only 100 visitors are allowed for each half-day session  to enhance your experience. This rare opportunity is…

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A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California.

January 26, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
China Camp State Park, 1898 N San Pedro Rd
San Rafael, CA 94901
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Join us as we discuss Laura Cunningham’s captivating book- A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California. “Vernal pools, protected lagoons, grassy hills rich in bunchgrasses and, where the San Francisco Bay is today, ancient bison and mammoths roaming a vast grassland. Through the use of historical ecology, Laura Cunningham walks through these forgotten landscapes to uncover secrets about the past, explore wh at our future will hold, and experience the ever-changing landscape of California. Combining the skill of an…

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

January 27, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$7

Stroll over sand dunes on a moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour hike with a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals. In the month of December, male elephant seals arrive and establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular daily guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and…

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Toro County Park Mushroom Walk, CNPS (Formerly Pt Lobos Walk, #2)

January 27, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Toro County Park, 501 Monterey Salinas Highway 68, Salinas, CA
Salinas, ca 93901 us
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This ±4 mile ramble with ±500 feet ascent will be primarily amongst oaks. We’ll stop to look at anything of interest and discuss the symbiotic relationships that have evolved between some mushrooms and plants. We’ll also discuss the gastronomic relationships between specific fungi and animals (including Homo sapiens). Bring water, lunch and rain gear. Heavy rain cancels. Led by Stanley Dudek If you are a no show or last minute canceller on a California Native Plant Society field trip, you…

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Power Walk CLOVIS (6:30 pm)

January 27, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Transportation Committee Meeting

January 27, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA us
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Our Transportation Committee advocates for sustainable transportation options, including bicycle, pedestrian, and public transit improvements, and opposes large scale expansions for automobiles, with greenhouse emissions in mind. The Transportation Committee makes recommendations on transportation issues of concern to the Executive Committee. Open to the public. Meeting agendas and notes posted here: https://www.sierraclub.org/ventana/santa-cruz/transportation-committee-meetings-agendas-and-minutes

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“Rock N Glow” Bowl at Homestead Bowl

January 27, 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

January 28, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$7

Stroll over sand dunes on a moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour hike with a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals. In the month of December, male elephant seals arrive and establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular daily guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and…

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Exploring Big Basin

January 28, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. Meet at park headquarters. Rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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4.75 mile urban night hike on the Los Gatos Creek Trail

January 28, 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
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SF Green Film Festival Presents: ICE ON FIRE by Leonardo DiCaprio

January 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Join SF Green Film for a free screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s new HBO documentary, Ice on Fire. Tuesday, Jan 28 Produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid and directed by Leila Conners, Ice on Fire is an eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. The film goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming. With sweeping…

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The Curious World of Seaweed, Josie Iselin – American Cetacean Society – SF Bay Chapter

January 28, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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$5 – $10

Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the oceans, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. In this beautiful volume, Josie Iselin explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region along our Pacific Coast. Historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature portraits of each specimen reveal their vibrant…

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Astronomy lecture: Taking snapshots of planets around other stars

January 28, 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave
Walnut Creek, CA 94597 United States
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Please join the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society on January 28 for our general meeting featuring Dr. Gaspard Duchene, Associate Researcher and Lecturer at UC Berkeley, who will discuss the methods used to obtained the first images of planets around other stars. Dr. Duchene also will review the development of techniques and instruments over the past few years that have been used to perform large-scale surveys of hundreds of nearby stars. The meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. with a short “What’s…

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

January 29, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Año Nuevo State Park, 1 New Years Creek Rd
Pesecadero, CA 94060 United States
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$7

Stroll over sand dunes on a moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour hike with a docent naturalist to visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals. In the month of December, male elephant seals arrive and establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular daily guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and…

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Sutro Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Day

January 29, 9:30 am
Mount Sutro Native Plant Nursery, 476 Johnstone Dr.
San Francisco, California 94131
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free

PROPAGATION AND TRANSPLANTING at Mt. Sutro Native Plant Nursery                                                                                                 Every Wednesday, 9:30am – 12:30pm Come enjoy a morning of Stewardship at the Sutro Nursery! Nursery activities include sowing seeds, transplanting plants, tending to our demonstration gardens, planting out on the mountain, and more, depending on the needs of the day. No experience necessary, tools and instruction provided. Please bring water and wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty, sturdy shoes, and layers. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required.…

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Power Walk CLOVIS (6:30 pm)

January 29, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Trivia night at New Jersey’s

January 29, 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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San Luis National Wildlife Refuge and Wool Grower’s Restaurant

January 30, 7:30 am - 10:30 am
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Run-walk workouts at Cupertino HS track

January 30, 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk

January 31, 1:00 pm
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 us
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Free

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

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January Loaves & Fishes Community Dinner Serving event

January 31, 3:45 pm - 6:00 pm
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High School Earth Stewards at McClellan Ranch Preserve

January 31, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014 United States
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Earth Stewards is a 16 week long high school afterschool program led by Grassroots Ecology that meets on Friday afternoons from 4-5:30 pm at McClellan Ranch Preserve.  Throughout the program participants will: Assist in ongoing ecological restoration efforts on the preserve (pulling weeds, planting native plants, watering) Learn various environmental topics as well identify flora and fauna on the preserve Collect environmental data through surveying and vegetation monitoring Learn about college and career options in the environmental field Connect with…

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February 2020

Registration Opens – 2020 Portola to the Sea Backpacking Trip

February 1
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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$300

Portola to the Sea: Portola Redwoods State Park to Waddell State Beach (June 11 – 14, 2020) LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE – REGISTRATION OPENS FEB. 1, 2020 Enjoy a naturalist-led hike to the top of the beloved Skyline to the Sea route on this 3-night, 4-day excursion. The route travels through some of the most remote trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains and includes two nights at the iconic Sunset Trail Camp. Beginning in Portola Redwoods State Park at peak elevation,…

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Sunrise Wetland Walk with “Duck Man” Dave Barry

February 1, 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road
Santa Rosa, California 95401
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$35

Celebrate International Wetlands Day with an early winter morning on the Laguna de Santa Rosa with local wetland birder “Duck Man” Dave Barry! We will visit two sites along the Laguna, not normally open to the public, where waterfowl love to hang out during the winter months. Come learn basic identification techniques and key characteristics of waterfowl found in Sonoma County and along the Laguna de Santa Rosa at different times of year, as well as learn cool facts such…

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Half Day Eagle Watching Event

February 1, 7:30 am - 10:30 am
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Berry Creek Falls – A Big Basin favorite hike

February 1, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Registration Opens – 2020 Portola to the Sea Backpacking Trip

February 1, 9:00 am - February 2, 5:00 pm
Portola Redwoods State Park, 37.253076,-122.218779
La Honda, CA 94062 us
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$300

Portola to the Sea: Portola State Park to Waddell State Beach (June 11 – 14, 2020) LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE – REGISTRATION OPENS FEB. 1, 2020 Enjoy a naturalist-led hike to the top of the beloved Skyline to the Sea route on this 3-night, 4-day excursion. The route travels through some of the most remote trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains and includes two nights at the iconic Sunset Trail Camp. Beginning in Portola Redwoods State Park at peak elevation, you’ll…

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Sorrel Saturdays at Redwood Grove Nature Preserve

February 1, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Los Altos Redwood Grove, 482 University Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
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Sorrel Saturdays at Redwood Grove Nature Preserve Join your fellow community members on the 1st Saturdays of every month through winter 2019 and spring 2020 to bolster Adobe Creek’s banks and Redwood Grove’s native habitat. Depending on weather, we will be weeding, mulching, staking willows, and installing native plants. Registration:  All participants must register & approve the online waiver. Youth under 18 must have their legal guardian approve the waiver on their behalf. Grassroots Ecology encourages people from all identities…

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Registration Opens – 2020 Skyline to the Sea Backpacking Trip

February 1, 9:00 am - February 2, 5:00 pm
Castle Rock State Park, 1500 Skyline Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033 United States
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$325

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach (July 16-19, 2020) LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE – REGISTRATION OPENS FEB. 1, 2020 This is the quintessential Santa Cruz Mountains backpacking experience. Find yourself on a legendary 3-night, 4-day adventure from Castle Rock to Waddell State Beach. The trek spans 30+ miles of stunning ridgeline panoramas, mixed oak, madrone and redwood forests, riparian habitats, grassy meadows, spring-fed waterfalls, and ends on the soft sandy beach. Adventurers will hike up…

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Registration Opens – 2020 In Pursuit of Perseids Backpacking Trip

February 1, 9:00 am - February 2, 5:00 pm
Castle Rock State Park, 1500 Skyline Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033 United States
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$175

In Pursuit of Perseids: Castle Rock State Park (August 11 – 12, 2020) LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE – REGISTRATION OPENS FEB. 1, 2020 Enjoy a mesmerizing backpacking trip under the stars. Scheduled around the annual Perseids meteor shower, this journey through Castle Rock enables you to view shooting stars in the quiet and darkness of the backcountry. Perseids are only clearly seen every other year due to a full moon, and this trip includes camping far away from any city lights.…

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