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March 2018

Acorn Creek Planting and Trail Work Day

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the American River Conservancy near Salmon Falls Ranch for a day of trail work as we continue to smooth out and maintain the trail. Tuesday March 6th from 10am-2pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water. Please bring a pair of work/garden gloves, a full water bottle and your lunch. We will also be continuing our oak seedling plantings and doing some weeding in the planted areas near the parking lot. We anticipate opening this new multi-use public trail…

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Cronan Ranch Hikes

March 10 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
$5 - $10

Saturdays, March 10th and April 22nd 8am-12pm Hike a challenging loop at 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). Suggested…

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Kids’ Discovery Days

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

Saturday, March 10th 10am-1pm Calling school-age hikers and their families.  Join Catherine and Ola Jane as they explore the great outdoors. Bring your favorite field guide, binoculars, lunch, good walking shoes, and your spirit for adventure. We’ll hike for about an hour, snack and explore, and then hike back.  Location will be announced as we get closer to the date. We expect to hike about 3 miles total.  Catherine and Ola Jane have both completed the California Naturalist program and…

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Lichen Walk Along the American

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$5 - $10

Saturday, March 24th 10am-12pm As early as the mid 1800's, botanists became aware that lichens were becoming uncommon in areas within and surrounding large towns and cities. They began to recognize that air pollution emitted from these urban areas was affecting the colonization and growth of these organisms. Come meet some of the lichens, nature’s own “air pollution monitors.”  Cheryl Beyer, a botanist retired from the Forest Service, will lead this walk looking at some of the lichens in the…

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Knickerbocker Creek Hike

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$5 - $10

  Sunday, March 25th 9am-1pm Hike enthusiasts Donna Orth and Bill Vernor will lead this 5-mile Knickerbocker Creek loop hike with approx. 200 ft. elevation gain. This is a mostly shady hike with views of the river. Fit 12+ w/adult welcome. Contact ARC for meeting location (Cool area) and to sign up. Suggested donation: $5/members $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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The Inside Dirt About Soils

March 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$5 - $10

Saturday, March 31st 9am-12pm Ecologist Ray Griffiths will briefly describe El Dorado County soils, their origin, and uses.  Formation factors, colors, depth, and textures will be discussed.  Ray is a 38- year resident of Georgetown, former college instructor, avid gardener, and a native plant enthusiast. Mostly a presentation, but this is an easy pace on uneven terrain when walking. Responsible teen+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Gold Hill/Placerville area). Suggested donation: $5/members $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or…

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April 2018

Creatures of the Night!

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$5 - $10

Friday, April 6th 7-9:30pm At sunset, when darkness falls, we usually go inside, turn on the lights, and engage in our nightly activities.  Outside, however, nocturnal creatures awaken from their daytime slumber and begin their nightly activities.  David Rosen, wildlife photographer, will help you explore the night and discover what critters are going about their business in the darkness.  On this 1-2 mile walk, we will discuss what types of nocturnal critters live in the area and learn about their…

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Poppy Walk

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 8th 2-5 pm (postponed from March 4th-no sign of Poppies yet) Robin Center, longtime ARC supporter and Coloma river-front property owner, will lead this annual one-of-a-kind Poppy Walk. With glowing orange fields overlooking the crystal water of the South Fork of the American River, the stunning contrasts and vibrant colors are a sight few have the fortune of witnessing. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity, sign up TODAY! The river trail is steep in places but has a…

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Cemeteries Tour

April 14 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
$5 - $10

Saturday, April 14th 9:30am-12pm History buff Mike Roberts will lead this tour of two cemeteries in the El Dorado and Diamond Springs area. Both very historic with imaginative statuary and highly decorated plots. Hear the stories—the good, the bad, and the ugly. The El Dorado cemetery is perfectly maintained by local rancher George Forni, who will be joining us to share his own bit of history. Rain or shine. Contact ARC for meeting location (El Dorado area) and to sign…

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Salmon Falls Ranch Hike

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
$5 - $10

Sunday, April 15th 9am-2pm Visit the 605-acre Salmon Falls Ranch in time for a showy spring wildflower display.  A moderate up-and-down 4-5 mile hike will bring in vistas of the Sierra and American River adding its flow to Folsom Lake.  See how slope and aspect create a vegetation mosaic pattern in this rolling oak woodlands setting.  Visit an historic lime kiln and life-supporting Indian Springs Creek that meanders through this historic cattle ranch.  Hike is led by Bill Jensen, ARC…

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