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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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Wakamatsu Open Farm Days

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$5 - $10

Join ARC staff, docents and other volunteers for open farm days at Wakamatsu on the first Saturdays of Spring & Fall! 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 questions about Wakamatsu…

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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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Vermicomposting: Earth’s little terraformers -Part two of three-part series

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$15 - $20

Sunday, April 15th 10am-2pm Vermicomposting is an easy method for turning kitchen and yard waste to nutrient rich microbial diverse soil. This class will cover how worms can help to restore soil fertility, what ingredients can go into a worm bin, and what designs and methods can be used to create a worm bin. Branden Irvine is a Certified Permaculture Design Practitioner and has worked and trained with organizations restoring degraded lands to healthy ecosystems utilizing thermophilic composting, worm farming,…

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Wakamatsu Farm Work Day

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tuesday, April 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 is on…

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Acorn Creek Trail Work Day

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the American River Conservancy at Acorn Creek near Salmon Falls Ranch for a day of trail work as we prepare for our ribbon cutting ceremony where American River Conservancy will officially be opening the new multi-use trail to the public! Wednesday, April 18th 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 be focusing on last minute trail maintenance and clean up along with…

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Wakamatsu Farm Public Tours

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$5 - $17

Join us on the third Saturdays of Spring & Fall for public tours at Wakamatsu Farm! 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 California Registered Historical Landmark #815.  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,…

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Wow That’s Loud!  Folsom Open Space Urban Naturalist Walk

April 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 - $10

Saturday, April 21st 6:30-8:30pm Wildlife Biologist Heather Johnson will share frog, bird, and bat observations in the diverse open space habitats.  After watching and listening near the park we’ll stroll along the paved path, and end at a wetland in the dark listening to foraging bats on ultrasonic detectors. 10+ welcome. Contact ARC for meeting location (Philip Cohn Park, Folsom) and to sign up. Suggested Donation: $5/each or $10/family. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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