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December 2017

Giving Garden Workday – December 16th

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday December 16th from 10am - 2pm. The Giving Garden is a part of the historic Wakamatsu farm where volunteers assist in seasonal plantings, weed management, mulch application, fruit tree pruning, crop and orchard fertilizing, seed germination, plant propagation as well as fruit and veggie harvesting. During the winter we aim to plant cover crops to protect our precious soils from wind and rain erosion. Along with the Giving Garden, a greenhouse, plant nursery and California native plant demonstration garden…

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Magnolia Ranch hike

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday, December 16th 10am-1pm Named for the small long-gone village of Magnolia that once resided along Greenwood Creek, this beautiful riparian prairie now offers easy hiking trails along the river and around its hills. Donna Orth will lead this dogs and kid-friendly 3-mile hike to the river and back. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Suggested donation: $10/family or $5/each. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224

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Acorn Creek Trail Work Day

December 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, December 20th from 10am - 2pm Join the American River Conservancy near Salmon Falls Ranch for a day of trail work as we continue to smooth out rough edges, remove barriers, post interpretive signs and create clearer marked paths for use. We anticipate opening this new multi-use public trail and trailhead soon! For more information and to sign up, call (530) 621-1224 or email Taylor Faye at stewardship@arconservancy.org.

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January 2018

Timeless Traditions of Native Storytelling

January 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Saturday, January 6th 6-7pm Kimberly ShiningStar will share an evening engaging the imagination in the ageless art of traditional storytelling. Prepare to leave with a better understanding of indigenous culture that can only be experienced in the presence of traditional culture keepers. All ages welcome (must sit quietly for 1-hour). Please call for meeting location (Coloma area) and to sign up. Cost: $10/family. Proceeds will be shared with Kimberly’s non-profit organization Cosumnes Culture and Waterways. 530-621-1224 or julie@ARConservancy.org

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Galapagos Islands: Birthplace of Species and Evolutionary Thoughts

January 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$5 - $10

Tuesday, January 9th 6-7:30pm     Join naturalist John Kipping as we explore the unique archipelago astride our equator, six hundred miles off Ecuador. We shall examine the major islands which have served as isolated laboratories in the development of many species of tortoises, finches, cacti, and lava lizards. These unique habitats existed without major predators, resulting in a unique garden of Eden-like lack of fear towards humans. Marine bird life will be emphasized.  This national park has managed the…

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Echo Lake Snowshoe Hike

January 13, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
$10 - $15

Saturday, January 13th 8am-4:30pm     Our group will snowshoe from the Echo Lake Snow Park off of Highway 50 to Echo Lake and a ridge overlooking Lake Tahoe.  Total distance about 4 miles.  Moderately strenuous level of exertion at an elevation of about 7,500-ft. with a total climb of about 800 ft.  The hike will be led by Steve Clark, an ARC board member and experienced snowshoer. Some snowshoeing experience recommended but not required. Responsible teens and adults welcome.…

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Discovering 1850’s Overland Trails Through El Dorado County

January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$5 - $10

Friday, January 19th 6-7:30pm     Tens of thousands of hardy pioneers crossed El Dorado County on five emigrant trails during the largest mass migration in American history in the 1850s.   Where were these trails?  How did they cross the Sierra? Is there anything left of them?  Dee Owens will explain how the Oregon-California Trails Association working with the El Dorado National Forest has located, marked, and mapped the emigrant trails in El Dorado County. She will show how new advances…

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Cronan Ranch Hikes

January 20, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
$5 - $10

December 9th, January 20th, February 10th 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…

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Ridge Walk on ARC’s Cosumnes River Property

January 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$5 - $10

Saturday, January 27th 9-11am     The Van Noord property, acquired by ARC in 2002, is an 80 acre parcel with a ridge running down the center and steep drop-offs on either side. The beautiful North Fork of the Cosumnes River crosses one corner of the property. Larry Pagendarm, one of ARC’s volunteer Land Stewards, will lead this walk along the ridgeline for the length of the property with lovely views. This is an intermediate, 4-mile hike with 600-ft. elevation…

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Acorn Creek Work Day

January 27, 2018 @ 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 rough edges, remove barriers, post interpretive signs and create clearer marked paths for use. If we can procure enough locally sourced native oak acorns in time, we will be doing some planting around the parking lot. We anticipate opening this new multi-use public trail and trailhead soon! For more information and to sign up, call (530) 621-1224 or email…

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