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. or 530-621-1224.

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 volunteer and land steward.

Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Near the Salmon Falls Bridge).

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

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 good flat bed. Hiking to the flowers takes about 15-20 minutes. The river trail also has views of some of the earliest land that ARC protected around Triple Threat Rapid. Healthy snacks, and punch will await your return to the house.

Contact ARC for meeting location (Coloma/Lotus area) and to sign up.

Cost: $25 per person. or 530-621-1224.

Donations aid the Bill Center Memorial Fund supporting river frontage and trails.

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 amazing adaptations, try some predator calling (making sounds that may attract foxes, coyotes, etc.), listen for owls and try to get them to respond to recorded calls, practice moving stealthily through the night, and talk about all the cool things we find along the way. Rain cancels.

Responsible 9-year-olds+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Coloma area).

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

Saturday, March 31st 9am-12pm

Ecologist Ray Griffiths will briefly describe El Dorado County soils, their origin, and uses.  Formation factors, colors, depth, and textures will be discussed.  Ray is a 38- year resident of Georgetown, former college instructor, avid gardener, and a native plant enthusiast. Mostly a presentation, but this is an easy pace on uneven terrain when walking.

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

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


Sunday, March 25th 9am-1pm

Hike enthusiasts Donna Orth and Bill Vernor will lead this 5-mile Knickerbocker Creek loop hike with approx. 200 ft. elevation gain. This is a mostly shady hike with views of the river. Fit 12+ w/adult welcome.

Contact ARC for meeting location (Cool area) and to sign up. Suggested donation: $5/members $10/non-members. or 530-621-1224.

Saturday, March 24th 10am-12pm

As early as the mid 1800’s, botanists became aware that lichens were becoming uncommon in areas within and surrounding large towns and cities. They began to recognize that air pollution emitted from these urban areas was affecting the colonization and growth of these organisms. Come meet some of the lichens, nature’s own “air pollution monitors.”  Cheryl Beyer, a botanist retired from the Forest Service, will lead this walk looking at some of the lichens in the Sierra foothills.

Children 12+ w/adult supervision welcome.

Rain or shine. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Coloma area).

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

Saturday, March 10th 10am-1pm

Calling school-age hikers and their families.  Join Catherine and Ola Jane as they explore the great outdoors. Bring your favorite field guide, binoculars, lunch, good walking shoes, and your spirit for adventure. We’ll hike for about an hour, snack and explore, and then hike back.  Location will be announced as we get closer to the date. We expect to hike about 3 miles total.  Catherine and Ola Jane have both completed the California Naturalist program and love to share and learn with others.  Hope you can join us.

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

FREE: Donations encouraged. or 530-621-1224.

Saturdays, March 10th and April 22nd 8am-12pm

Hike a challenging loop at 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 and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. or 530-621-1224.

Join the American River Conservancy near Salmon Falls Ranch for a day of trail work as we continue to smooth out and maintain the trail.

Tuesday March 6th 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 also be continuing our oak seedling plantings and doing some weeding in the planted areas near the parking lot.

We anticipate opening this new multi-use public trail and trail-head soon!

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