Garaventa Wetlands Preserve
Size: 24 acres
Hours: open by guided tour only
Garaventa Wetlands Preserve is located in the Springtown area of Livermore and its unique habitat supports unusual plant and animal life.
Although it is open by guided tour only, you may make many observations from the Altamont Creek Trail located to the south of the preserve. A pair of binoculars will help in spotting some of the bird life. Burrowing owl, northern harrier, loggerhead shrike, red-winged blackbird and western meadowlark are among the species spotted here.
Plans for the future of this facility include a boardwalk that will provide access while protecting the habitat and unique species that live here.
Although at first glance this area may not seem impressive, the combination of seasonal wetlands and alkaline soil found here make this a special place. Not every plant can survive in these conditions. However, some plants have adapted to this demanding environment. Among them are spearscale, brittlescale and pickleweed. As the water in the seasonal pools dries up, circles of wildflowers make a brief but stunning appearance.
Know before you go
Tours – Scheduled by special arrangement for groups. Call the nature program line at 925-960-2403 for more information.
Pets – Due to the sensitive nature of this site, no pets or animals are allowed at any time.
Days of operation – The preserve is open by guided tour only.
Contact the rangers – If you have questions for the rangers you can call the ranger office at 925-960-2400 or can reach them by e-mail.
Find out more
Special tours for groups – call the nature program line at 925-960-2403
Nature Notes– (learn more about local plants and wildlife)