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Upcoming Open Space Events

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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 with any questions. 

Keep an eye out all year for the District’s 70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge. As LARPD celebrates 70 years of operation in 2017, the Open Space staff are offering a special challenge to encourage participation in nature programs. The Challenge will be a series of specially designated walks, hikes and bike rides of ranger-led programs for participants to log miles. Those who earn at least 50 miles will receive a 2018 Sycamore Grove calendar. Anyone who logs 70 miles will also earn a 2018 Sycamore Grove parking pass. And the person with the most miles at the end of the Challenge will receive admission for two on a regularly scheduled guided hike of Brushy Peak Regional Preserve. Look for the 70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge programs each month in 2017.

 

Applefest

Sunday, Sept. 10                                                                                 1 to 4 p.m.

Come to Ravenswood Historic Site to explore the apple orchard and taste antique apple varieties not found in stores. Ongoing activities will be from 1 to 4 p.m., include cider making (and drinking), “apple slinkie” making, face-painting, old-fashioned games and docent-led tours of the Victorian estate. Special apple tasting and apple history talk with Ranger “Apple” Amy begins at 2 p.m.

Ranger “Apple” Amy and Friends                                                 Ravenswood Historic Site

                                                                                                                2647 Arroyo Road

 

Sunset Walk (70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge)

Saturday, Sept. 16                                                                              6:30 p.m.

Join Ranger Glen for a walk to enjoy a September sunset and watch the stars come out as the daytime animals prepare to sleep for the night. Plan to walk about 5 miles on paved and unpaved trails. Participants will earn 5 miles toward the “70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge.”

Ranger Glen Florey                                                                            Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Twilight Jaunt (70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge) (RSVP required)

Sunday, Sept. 17                                                                                 6:30 p.m.

Join Ranger Dawn for an evening walk in the park. Learn about animals that wake up at sunset and take the night shift in the parks. Then, take a leisurely 2.5-mile walk to look for nighttime critters. Dress appropriately for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes. Flashlights are not needed. Please call 925-960-2400 for reservations. No organized groups (Cub Scouts, etc.), please.

Ranger Dawn Soles                                                                            Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Tracking Club

Saturday, Sept. 23                                                                              6 p.m.

All are welcome to join the Sycamore Grove Tracking Club to discuss the supplies trackers should carry with them when they are on the trail. After the talk, participate in some tracking and see what the trails have to offer. 

Ranger Doug Sousa                                                                            Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

A Walk in the Park (70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge)

Saturday, Sept. 30                                                                              10 a.m.

As summer fades into fall, the colors and rhythms of the park change. The reptiles begin retiring to their long winter naps, while the social lives of the deer are just heating up. Join this walk to observe these changes and enjoy time outdoors and offline. Participants will earn 2.5 miles toward the “70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge." Bring water and a camera or binoculars if you like.

Ranger Staff                                                                                          Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day -- Saturday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m. -- Sycamore Grove Park

Kids, bikes and a beautiful ride celebrating IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

 

Choose your Fun Family Ride 

  • Beginner ~ Three mile ride on a relatively flat dirt trail ~ Kids learning to ride on the dirt or kids in bike trailers accompanied by an adult on a mountain bike.
  • Intermediate ~ Five mile climb into the hills ~ Intermediate level riders on fat tire bikes with gears and hand brakes accompanied by an adult on a mountain bike. Tough adults with kids on trail-a-bikes are also welcome.

Registration Required.

  • First 20 registered kids will receive stickers, and commemorative race plates.
  • To register call the Sycamore Grove Ranger Office at 925 960 2400, or email valleywilds@larpd.org. Please include the number of children and adults, and indicate which ride level you will be going on.

For more information about IMBA and Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day visit http://www.imba.com/kids

 

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There is no charge for the programs (unless otherwise noted), but there is a $7 parking fee at both entrances to Sycamore Grove Park. Donations are also requested to support the program ($3 per person suggested).

 

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