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February 2018

What’s Your Chemistry Doin’ to Ya?

February 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$5 - $10

Saturday, February 3rd, 10am-11:30am 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,…

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Wakamatsu Giving Garden Work Day

February 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tuesday February 6th from 10am - 2pm 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 is…

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Cronan Ranch Hikes

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

December 9th, January 20th, February 10th 8:30 – 11:30am   Saturday, February 10th 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…

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Pine Needle Basket Class

February 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$40 - $50

Saturday, February 10th 9am – 4 pm Come learn the technique of coiling and how to start a basket out of pine needles in this one-day workshop led by basket-maker and ARC member, Nettie Fox.  This class is appropriate for all levels, beginning through advanced.  All materials will be provided and space is limited. You will receive information on collecting, storing, and dyeing pine needles.  Learn all about materials, embellishments, and a little history on the art of pine needle basket-making.  Additional…

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Wakamatsu Giving Garden Work Day

February 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday, February 17th 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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Wildfire in the Foothills

February 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, February 25th 10am-3pm     Scott Vail, ARC Board member and firefighter, will lead a hike to a wildfire that burned on both sides of the South Fork of the American River this summer. During the hike Scott will discuss fire behavior, fire-fighting in the wildland environment, fire ecology, and living with fire in El Dorado County using the recent fire to provide examples and stimulate discussion. This will be an intermediate hike with gentle slopes of 5 to 6…

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Acorn Creek Trail Building and Maintenance

February 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tuesday, February 27th 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. 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…

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