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May 2018

Magnolia Ranch Hike

May 12 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
$5 - $10

Saturday, May 12th 8-10am Enjoy a 2.5-mile beginner level hike at Magnolia Ranch with ARC hike leader Amy Brinkley. This is an easy hike, with moderate elevation change. 10-year-olds+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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Wakamatsu Spring Bird Walk

May 12 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
$5 - $10

Saturday, May 12th 8am-11am Come join us for a morning Spring birding walk at the Wakamatsu Farm. We will be looking for resident species as well as the Spring migrants. Our program host Parker Flickinger joins us through the AmeriCorps program. He loves the outdoors, and has a B.S. in Environmental Science. This is an easy hike for all quiet bird enthusiasts over the age of 8. Contact ARC for meeting location (Coloma/Gold Hill area) and to sign up. Suggested…

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Spivey Pond Restoration Work Day

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join ARC stewardship staff at Spivey Pond for a day of restoration! Wednesday, May 16th from 9am-1pm  We will be focusing on invasive plant removal (some Himalayan blackberry bushes) and native grass, sedge and forb planting to enhance red-legged frog habitat and lower erosion potential. Come enjoy a beautiful day by the water as we restore this area. Responsible teens+ welcome. For more information, location and carpool info please contact Taylor Faye at stewardship@arconservancy.org or 530-621-1224 (extension 25) to sign up!

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Wakamatsu Giving Garden Work Day

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday, May 19th from 9am- 1pm 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…

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Wakamatsu Public Tour

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 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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Thermophilic Composting: Turning Yard and Kitchen Waste into Black Gold – Part 3 of 3

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$15 - $20

  Sunday, May 20th 2-4pm Thermophilic composting is used to rid compost of human pathogens, plant diseases, and weed seeds. The best part is you can gather most, if not all, of the ingredients from your kitchen and backyard waste. This class covers what thermophilic composting is, ingredients used in a compost pile, and methods used to create healthy compost.  Help create a compost pile at the Farm using materials already at the Farm. Our instructor Branden Irvine is a Certified…

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Acorn Creek Trail Work Day

May 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join the American River Conservancy at Acorn Creek near Salmon Falls Ranch for a day of trail work as we continue to smooth out and maintain the trail. Wednesday, May 23rd from 9am-1pm 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 planting and doing some weeding in the planted areas near the parking lot. We anticipate opening this new multi-use public trail and…

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El Dorado Ranch Hike- Exploring the Cosumnes River Watershed

May 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

  Saturday, May 26th 9am-4pm Discover the beauty and splendor of one of our high-priority land conservation projects: El Dorado Ranch.  ARC’s Stewardship Director and several Land Stewards will lead this hike on ARC-owned portions of this 7,500-acre working cattle ranch.  Learn first-hand why protecting this property from future development is so important.  Explore blue oak woodlands, spring wildflowers, and ancient volcanic rocks that predate the Sierra Nevada granite.  Approx. 4 miles total. Ages 12+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign…

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Cronan Moonlight Hike

May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 - $10

Saturday, May 26th 6:30-8:30pm Spend the evening on a moonlit hike at Cronan Ranch. Come enjoy a 3-5 mile walk through the Long Valley and along the Western Ridge trails on a nearly full moon. Amy Brinkley will lead this moderate-level hike, with some challenging elevation change. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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June 2018

Wakamatsu Open Farm Days

June 2 @ 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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