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Notice: The paved path through Sycamore Grove Park is being replaced! Trails, and occasionally, the entire park will be subject to closure during construction when heavy equipment is in use. Some parts of the park may be open when construction is not occurring. The construction schedule for the next few days is as follows: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 6, 7 & 8 - No construction scheduled. Select areas of Sycamore Grove Park will be open 7:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 9 - Park closed from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Select areas will open from 4:15-8:30 p.m. if it is safe to do so. Please use this link to view a map of which trails/areas are expected to remain open and which will remain closed. We will continue to update this notice to provide you with the most current and up to date information. Please note that the park is also subject to closure from time to time due to High Fire Danger. Please call the LARPD Ranger Office at 925-960-2400 for more information.

Upcoming Nature Programs and Open Space Events

RangerRangers help groups make new discoveries. Sometimes the tiny things are fascinating.

Nature Programs
LARPD offers exciting ranger-led adventures almost every weekend. These programs are great for families and individuals. Most do not require advance registration but some do (please check descriptions). Call the ranger office at 925-960-2400 or email with any questions.

Altamont Creek Trail
Saturday, September 1, 10:00 a.m.

We'll go for a short walk (about a mile) along the Altamont Creek trail in Springtown. Learn about some of the wonderful California native plants you didn't even realize were growing in your neighborhood!
Ranger Claire Girling
Path at Altamont Creek Dr. & Winding Stream Dr.

Spiders and Their Kin
Sunday, September 16, 2:00 p.m.

They creep, they crawl and they give many folks the heebee jeebees. They are the eight-legged animals of our world – spiders (and their relatives). Join me in Sycamore Grove to discuss these wonderful creatures. We'll learn about some of the different types around the world and learn which are considered dangerous. There will be a few live specimens for us to look at.
Ranger Dawn Soles
Sycamore Grove Park, Reservable Picnic Area

Howl at the Moon Hike Sunday
Sunday, September 23, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a hike where we will howl at the rising (almost) full moon! We'll go about five miles round-trip and return after dark. Kids age 8 and up are welcome.
Ranger Amy Wolitzer
Sycamore Grove Park, Wetmore Road Entrance, (1051 Wetmore Road)

Fall Nature Hike
Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.

The year is winding down, the temperature is dropping and the fall colors are beginning to appear. Join us for a walk through the park as we observe these changes and, hopefully, observe some of the resident wildlife getting ready for the winter season. This will be a one to two mile hike over more or less level ground. Bring water and a camera if you like.
Ranger Darren Segur
Sycamore Grove Park, Arroyo Road Entrance (5049 Arroyo Road)

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