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Hoot Owl
Night hike for groups

Owl on Hoot Owl Hike

Program Description
This program lasts one and a half to two hours and begins with a ranger-led introduction to nocturnal animals and adaptations of nighttime critters, followed by an easy hike of one to one and a half miles. We will make stops along the way to do a few activities. Each ranger has their own special repertoire of fun and informative activities, so no two outings are exactly the same. This program is conducted, literally, “in the dark.” Everyone is expected to use their night vision during the program, so please leave your flashlights at home.

Hoot Owl programs are conducted from March through November, weather permitting. No programs are scheduled in December, January or February. Each program is timed to start a little before sunset, so the actual program starting time varies by time of year.

Program Location

While Hoot Owl programs are conducted in Sycamore Grove Park, there are a couple different meeting locations. Your program location will be verified when you register.

Trails used during Hoot Owl hikes are primarily composed of packed dirt. Depending on the location your group is assigned, you may need to hike through a rocky dry creek bed, along narrow trails or over small hills. If someone in your group has mobility limitations please call the ranger office at 925-960-2400, and we will make arrangements for your program to occur on a paved path.

Program FeeHoot Owl program
Livermore groups - $175.
Non-Livermore groups- $210.
Fee is per group. Group size is limited to 20 including siblings and other family members.

This includes scouts, parents, siblings, friends – everyone. A hike WILL NOT proceed with more than 20 participants. This program is conducted after normal operational hours of Sycamore Grove Park. No one is allowed to remain in the parking lot to wait for the group to return.

Hoot Owl Guidelines & Directions


Making Reservations

To register, click the "Online Registration" button on the left navigation menu. Once on the registration page, search activities for "hoot owl." You can narrow the activity category to "outdoor activities" to eliminate other activities that those keywords might bring up. After registering, make sure to note the meeting location of your hike and locate it on the map so your group goes to the correct location. If you have any problems with the online registration system, call 925-373-5700 for assistance.

-  Spring dates (March, April, and May) available Jan. 20.
-  Summer dates (June, July and August) available April 9.
-  Fall dates (Sept., Oct. and November) available June 1.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. If you want the widest selection of dates we recommend you check the website on the days mentioned above and create an account with the registration system beforehand so you don't have any delays.

For More Information

If you would like additional information, please call the ranger office at 925-960-2400.