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February 2017

Wakamatsu Farm Volunteer Workday – Feb. 22

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Help us maintain the Giving Garden, native plant nursery, orchard and complete some new projects at the Farm!  Volunteers are critical to the success of this project.  All skills, ages and abilities welcome.  Contact Marianne Lehnert at (530) 621-1224 or marianne@arconservancy.org to sign up.

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Cronan Ranch Hike

February 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday, February 26th 9am-12pm Hike a longer loop of the Cronan Ranch trails with newly-inducted ARC hike leader Amy Brinkley. Amy is a Community college librarian, outdoors enthusiast, food and animal lover. Come enjoy the variety of terrain, great views of the river, and the rolling prairie on this challenging 7-mile hike. This is a moderate level hike, with some elevation change. Steady rain cancels. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area).…

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Herbal Medicine Making

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sunday, February 26th 12-2pm Many people don’t know what to do with the herbs they have collected or purchased. In this class herbalist Candis will teach you how to make herbal honey blends, pastes, tinctures, oils, and salves. Ages 12+ welcome. Please call for meeting location (Coloma area) and to sign up. Cost: $10/members, $15/non-members. Contact Julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224 for sign-ups and meeting location.

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Salmon Falls Ranch Volunteer Workday – Feb 28th

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us at the Salmon Falls Ranch property for a workday focused on preparing areas for planting native oak trees, perennials and grasses.  We will also be installing fencing and posts for signs.  This new recreational facility will be open to the public in late Spring 2017.  Put some sweat equity in now before the public sees this great new access site. Contact Marianne Lehnert at (530) 621-1224 or marianne@arconservancy.org to sign up and for more information.

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March 2017

Local Cemeteries Tour

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Saturdays, March 4th & May 6th 9-11am March tour includes: Union Cemetery, Placerville Old, Methodist Episcopal, and County Hospital, aka “Pest House”. Optional, time permitting - Uppertown – located north of Highway 50 at Mosquito Road, also offers rich history and downtown Placerville views. May tour includes: Mormon Tavern Cemetery aka Clarksville Cemetery, and the smaller Railroad House Cemetery, aka Tong Cemetery. (We're crashing Clarksville Day -this includes family activities throughout the day. Participants are encouraged to bring the family…

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Introduction to Mushrooms-Field Study

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday, March 4th 10am-1pm Mushroom taxonomy, ecology, and collecting. Christopher Hodge & Thea Chesney will teach this intro. on how to ID mushrooms, hazards, and where to look. During your walk you’ll stop to talk about some of the mushrooms found as you go, eventually coming back to the cars. Mushrooms will be laid out on tables, labeled, and then a discussion on the important diagnostic features of each mushroom. The mushrooms get thrown back into the woods so the…

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Evening Hike & Wine/Cheese tasting

March 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 5th 3-5pm Local wine maker Dominic Mantei will lead this easy-moderate 2½ mile loop hike at Magnolia Ranch. This ranch was acquired by ARC in 1996 and boasts Hastings Creek, oak woodland, and views of the American River. It also provides habitat for black bears, mountain lions, amphibians, birds, raptors and fish. After the hike, you’ll drive directly across the highway to Everhart Vineyards and enjoy wine and cheese. Contact ARC for meeting location (Pilot Hill area) and…

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Wakamatsu Volunteer Workday – March 11th

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Help us maintain the Giving Garden, native plant nursery, orchard and complete some new projects at Wakamatsu Farm!  Volunteers are critical to the success of this project.  All skills, ages and abilities welcome. Contact Marianne Lehnert at (530) 621-1224 or marianne@arconservancy.org to sign up.

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Born to Roam – Family Exploration Program

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturdays, March 11th, April 8th, May 20th, 10am – 12pm Join us for our family program BORN TO ROAM. Ryan Delaney, ARC Educator & Naturalist-in-training will take families on an outdoor adventure sure to be a hit with all ages. Themes and locations here in the foothills change monthly. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location. Cost: FREE-donations encouraged.

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What’s Your Chemistry Doin’ to Ya’?

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Saturday, March 11th 1-2:30 Followed by Q&A The world is a wild ride of chemicals that industries and businesses tell you are toxic (when they are really pretty benign) or harmless (when they can be quite hazardous). This class is designed to help answer many of these questions, from foodstuffs to cosmetics, cleaners to waste products. Attendees are asked to bring empty containers with labels or copies of the labels they are concerned about. J. S. Reed PhD, holds multiple…

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