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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.

 

 

A Plant for Everything

Sunday, March 5                                                                     2 p.m.

A surprising variety of plants that have been used for everything from food and medicine to weapons and games grows in our area. Join LARPD Rangers to learn a little about how plants were used in previous times. At the end of the program, enjoy a salad and some other edibles made from items collected in the park. Participants must RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 28, by calling 925-960-2400. A $4 per person donation is requested.

Rangers Dawn Soles and Doug Sousa                                   Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                        Reservable Picnic Area (RSVP for directions)

 

Creepy Critters

Saturday, March 11                                                                10 a.m.

This is the time of year when the hills are green, trees begin to bud and wildflowers appear. Snakes, spiders and ticks are also waking up. Get the lowdown on these sometimes feared and often misunderstood critters and learn about their niche in the web of life. Canceled if raining.

Ranger Darren Segur                                                             Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                   5049 Arroyo Road

 

March (Wildflower) Madness (70 Miles for 70 Years)

Sunday, March 12                                                                   1 p.m.

Join this hike to discover how many types of wildflowers can be found. In past years, participants have found as many as 50 species in bloom. The full hike will be about five miles and take about three hours. Participants are welcome to join at 1 p.m. and turn back early for a shorter hike. Canceled if raining heavily; will go if it’s only sprinkling.

Ranger Amy Wolitzer                                                              Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                   1051 Wetmore Road

 

Night Hike: Adults Only

Saturday, March 18                                                                7 p.m.

This hike will give the “big kids” a turn to participate in a no-lights hike. Explore some differences between nocturnal, diurnal and crepuscular animals while keeping eyes, ears and noses alert to critters of the night. Do not bring a flashlight, but do bring a childlike curiosity. Advance reservations are required by e-mailing pcole@larpd.org, including your name, number of people and phone number.

Ranger Patti Cole                                                                   Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                   1051 Wetmore Road

 

Sycamore Sunset Hike (70 Miles for 70 Years)

Saturday, March 25                                                                6:30 p.m.

Spring is a great time for sunsets, and this hike into the hills provides the full experience. The exact route will be determined by the trail conditions, but hikes can expect to go at least five miles toward the 70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge. Canceled if raining heavily.

Ranger Glen Florey                                                                 Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                   1051 Wetmore Road

 

Storytime in the Native Garden

Sunday, March 26                                                                   2 p.m.

Join librarians and rangers in the Native Garden for a special story time featuring stories about wildlife and nature. After the stories, explore the garden and make rubbings of the animal plaques. Stories and activities are appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers, but all ages are welcome to attend. Please call the Livermore Public Library at 925-373-5504 to RSVP.

Rangers Amy and Doug with the Livermore Library              Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                        1051 Wetmore Road

 

NOTICE – The Livermore Half Marathon will be held Sunday, March 26. Sycamore Grove Park will be closed to the general public until 11 a.m. Expect closures or delays on many streets in Livermore. Visit runliv.com for more information.



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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