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. or 530-621-1224.


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 up and for meeting location (El Dorado area). Suggested donation: $15/members, $20/non-members. or 530-621-1224.


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 Permaculture Design Practitioner and has worked and trained with organizations restoring degraded lands to healthy ecosystems utilizing thermophilic composting, worm farming, compost tea, and native plant restoration projects.

Mature 12+ welcome. Contact ARC for meeting location (Gold Hill/Placerville area) and to sign up.

Cost: $15/members, $20/ non-members. or 530-621-1224.

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, and a wheelchair-accessible trail.  Onsite is ARC’s native plant nursery, orchard, and giving garden. Wakamatsu Farm is open to the public only during scheduled events and tours, such as this public tour.  Led by trained docents, the approximate 1.5-mile hike is mainly outdoors, on dirt trails, over generally flat terrain, including stairs, and is not recommended for mobility-challenged visitors.

Mature children 10+ are welcome.  Wakamatsu Open Farm Days are suitable for all visitors, including families and mobility-challenged visitors.

Steady rain or temperatures over 100 degrees will cancel.  Check ARC’s event calendar for updates.

Please call 530-621-1224 to RSVP or to schedule private tours.

Cost: $10/Adults, $5/Children 10-17 years old.  All proceeds directly benefit Wakamatsu Farm.  Find out more at:

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. or 530-621-1224.

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 donation: $5/person or $10/family. or 530-621-1224.

Tuesday, May 8th from 9am-1pm. 

In May as the sun rises earlier and so does the temperature, we are shifting our workday times an our earlier to 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 on site.

We will be working on more native plantings, weeding, mulching and garden maintenance.

These volunteer work days are critical to the success of the Giving Garden project.

Gardeners and landscapers of all ages and abilities welcome.

Please contact Taylor Faye to sign up and/or receive more information about farm volunteer work days at  or (530) 621-1224 extension 25.


Sunday May 6th 2-4pm

Taylor Graham, El Dorado County Poet Laureate, and award-winning Sacramento-area poet Katy Brown, will lead an exploration of farmhouse, barn and surroundings, then ask participants to write a poem inspired by what they’ve experienced. Any who wish may share their poems with the group and ARC.

Children 8+ welcome with adult supervision.

Contact ARC to sign up, and for carpool meeting location (Placerville).

Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. or 530-621-1224.

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 Farm’s human and natural history.  Suitable for all ages and capabilities, points of interest are mainly outdoors reached by dirt trail or unpaved road over generally flat terrain.  Seasonal produce may be available for purchase.  Amenities are limited, so plan for rugged outdoor leisure.  Please manage your own trash and leave the land better than you found it.

Steady rain or temperatures over 100 degrees will cancel.  Check ARC’s event calendar for updates. Cost: $10 per vehicle. Buses and large vans are $5 per person.  All proceeds directly benefit Wakamatsu Farm.

For private tours, please call 530-621-1224.  Find out more at:

In 2011 and 2012 the American River Conservancy (ARC) completed the acquisition phase of the Salmon Falls Ranch Project, acquiring 757 acres at the western terminus of the South Fork American River Trail system.  Beginning in fall of 2016, ARC and its partner the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have worked to complete a 1 mile trail and trailhead facility located off of Salmon Falls Road, approximately 4 miles north of El Dorado Hills, California.

The Acorn Creek Trailhead is a publicly accessible parking area and trailhead for hikers, mountain bicyclists and equestrians, as well as general day-use public recreation associated with trails and wildlife viewing. The Trailhead and the 1-mile connector trail links recreational trail resources that are a part of the South Fork American River Trail (SFART), managed by the BLM, California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and ARC.

The public is invited to begin using this trailhead and trail access location as early as May 4th, 2018.  A ribbon-cutting and trail dedication ceremony is scheduled for May 4th, 2018 beginning at 10:00am.

Please contact Taylor Faye at or 530-621-1224 (extension 25) to RSVP so that we can keep a count going of how many people to expect.