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October 2017

Star Gazing and Wine Tasting at Wakamatsu Farm

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Come view the open night sky objects through several telescopes at Wakamatsu Farm. Saturn should be visible in the first hour.  Other celestial sights include the Andromeda Galaxy and the Ring Nebula as well as star clusters and multiple stars including Albireo (widely considered to be the finest double star in the sky). David Girard Vineyards will offer wine tasting with the Okei-San wine being the “star” of the show. Ages 21+ only please. Rain or cloudy sky cancels. Contact ARC…

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Capturing Wakamatsu: A Poetry Workshop

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Taylor Graham, El Dorado County Poet Laureate, and award-winning Sacramento-area poet Katy Brown, will lead an exploration of farmhouse, barn and surroundings, and then ask participants to write a poem inspired by what they’ve experienced. Any who wish may share their poems with the group and ARC. Children 8+ welcome with adult supervision. Please call to sign up, and for carpool meeting location (Placerville). Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members.  julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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Acorn Creek Trail Workday

October 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join the American River Conservancy at Salmon Falls Ranch for a day of trail work.  We anticipate opening this new trail and trailhead soon!  For more information and to sign up, call (530) 621-1224 or email stewardship@arconservancy.org.

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November 2017


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

Saturday, November 4th 9am-11am This is the first hike led by naturalist Gregory Lake, who has worked with National Park Service and Audubon, and has 13 years of experience in environmental education. Our first in a series of hikes Gregory designed to cater to the entire family designed to get participants of all ages more engaged with the outdoors and ARC. This is a 3-mile easy to moderate out and back hike to the South Fork of the American River.…

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Wakamatsu Open Farm Day

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wakamatsu, 941 Cold Springs Rd.
Placerville, CA 95667
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First Saturdays September - November 10am-2pm Site of the first Japanese colony in America, your self-guided walking tour of Wakamatsu Farm may include a stroll to Okei-san’s 1871 gravesite and Charles Graner's original 1850’s farmhouse. Take a trip around the lake on the 1.5-mile wheelchair-accessible trail. Bring a picnic and chair to sit and relax.  Onsite interpreters can share information and answer your questions about Wakamatsu Farm's human and natural history.  Suitable for all ages and capabilities, points of interest…

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November 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, November 17th 9am-12pm Sheila Toner, historian, trail enthusiast, and volunteer, will lead this 4+-mile loop among the rolling oak woodlands, meadows and small ponds on the north side of the paved road. Trail varies from wide and rocky to narrow and brushy. On our loop we will pass a few bedrock mortars alongside a pond that has lots of turtles that may be sunning themselves. Rain cancels. Responsible teens+ welcome. (Sheila will also be selling new maps of the…

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November 18 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Nov. 18 - 8:30 – 11:30am Hike a longer loop of the Cronan Ranch trails with ARC hike leader Amy Brinkley. Come enjoy a variety of terrain, great views of the river, and the rolling prairie on this challenging 5-7 mile hike. This is a moderate level hike, with some challenging elevation change. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. (Amy is a community college librarian, outdoors enthusiast, food and animal lover). Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area).…

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November 19 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday, November 19th 8am-12pm Tim and Angela Jackson typically lead a bird walk here in the Spring. We'll return to the same location in the Fall to see which songbirds, raptors, and water birds are there then. Tim maintains a website (eldoradobirds.com) on birdwatching in El Dorado County. Angela is a local writer and photographer. Quiet, mature children 8+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Cool area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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Wakamatsu Historical Public Tour (contact ARC for year-round private tours)

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wakamatsu, 941 Cold Springs Rd.
Placerville, CA 95667
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The site of the first Japanese colony in America in 1869, the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony is on the National Register of Historic Places and a California registered historical landmark.  This 272-acre property features Okei-san’s historic gravesite, an 1850’s farmhouse, and a turn-of-the-century barn. Rich in cultural and natural resources, the rolling landscape boasts productive farming soils, wildlife habitat, oak woodlands, ponds, and a wheelchair-accessible trail.  Onsite is ARC’s native plant nursery, orchard, and giving garden. Wakamatsu Farm…

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November 24

Join ARC and REI and #OptOutside this Black Friday. Enjoy a picnic and hike at the Wakamatsu Farm from 10am-2pm. Contact julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224 to sign up.

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