1st Wednesday of each month starting in May, 5pm – Dark

ARC is partnering with the El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a monthly fishing night at the Wakamatsu Colony Farm in Gold Hill.  Try your hand at casting techniques, catch a few bass, and enjoy the serenity of the 8-acre lake at the historic farm. Participants MUST have a valid CA fishing license. Adults only, please. Rain or shine (lightning storm cancels).

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

Suggested donation: $10/members, $15/non-members.

julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

May 1; 9am – 1pm

Help us do some spring cleaning at ARC’s  Lipa Falls Preserve.  This annual cleanup day will focus on downed/dead wood removal for fire safety, weed removal and blackberry trimming.  A short hike along the spectacular creek and waterfalls after our workday will round out this day. Come enjoy the beautiful spring May Day with ARC!

For more information, directions, and to sign up please call Taylor Faye at (530) 621-4818 extension 25 or email stewardship@arconservancy.org.

Sunday, April 29th 9am-1pm

This day is dedicated to the artist in you. Bring your easel and supplies, or camera, and spend the day painting, sketching, or “shooting” to your heart’s content. There are potentially thousands of beautiful images to capture at Wakamatsu. With 272 acres of springs, streams, oaks, and vistas, an old barn, dairy, gravesite, home and gardens, the viewpoints are endless. Docents may be on hand to share the history of this remarkable piece of property still being acquired by ARC.

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

FREE: Donations encouraged.

julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

Saturday, April 28th 10am-12pm

Part of a year-long Cosumnes River Watershed Hike Series. Join ARC’s Stewardship Director and California Naturalist Course Instructor for a short and easy stroll in El Dorado Hills along Carson Creek, a tributary to the Cosumnes River.  Become more familiar with some common plant and animal residents in your neighborhood. Learn about what makes the Cosumnes River Watershed so special. This is a great beginner walk for all ages, about one mile.

Contact ARC for meeting location (Creekside Greens Park/El Dorado Hills area) and to sign up.

Suggested donation: $5/person or $10/family. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

Sunday, April 22nd 7:30-11am

Join Tim and Angela Jackson for a short hike to Acorn Creek and back for a total distance of less than two miles.  We’ll be looking and listening for hawks, falcons, woodpeckers, and songbirds. Late April is a good time to see both resident and migrating birds.  Tim has a website on birdwatching in El Dorado County and Angela is a local author/photographer. Rain date April 29th.

Mature children 10+ are welcome on tours.

Contact ARC for meeting location (Acorn Creek/Folsom Lake area) and to sign up.

Suggested Donation: $5/Children 10-17 years old, $10/Adults.

julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.


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.

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: www.ARConservancy.org/wakamatsu

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 weeding and possibly  mulching.

We anticipate opening this new multi-use public trail and trail-head Friday, May 4th.

For more information on work day and location details or to sign up, call (530) 621-1224 or email Taylor Faye at stewardship@arconservancy.org.

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, 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. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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 up.

Suggested donation: $5/members $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.