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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. 

Animal Sounds 

Wednesday, Jan. 3                                                                  10 a.m.

Keep your kids from bouncing off the walls over winter break and get them bouncing through Sycamore Grove Park. This program is geared toward elementary-aged kids (though all ages are welcome) to learn about animal sounds and communication in the process. This fun program will be a combination of a sit-down talk and games on the field. Program will be at the Reservable Picnic Area; look for signs on the road to the Veterans Hospital). Canceled if raining heavily.

Naturalist Heather Day                                                           Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                Reservable Picnic Area

 

Birds of the Arroyo del Valle

Saturday, Jan. 6                                                                      8 a.m.

Come out to the park for Ranger Glen's first bird walk. Starting from the Arroyo Road entrance, walk your way down the banks of the Arroyo del Valle looking for riparian birds and any visitors here for the season. Bring your binoculars if you have them for this moderate walk of approximately 1.5 miles on unpaved trails. Canceled if raining.

Ranger Glen Florey                                                                Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                5049 Arroyo Road

 

Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Short Stroll in Sycamore

Saturday, Jan. 6                                                                      10 a.m.

This program offers a chance to spend time in the great outdoors while taking it slow. Ranger Eric will lead a relaxed stroll on the half-mile Magpie Loop. This program is great for seniors and others who prefer to walk at a slow pace. Families with small children are welcome. Trails are dirt, so strollers are not recommended. Canceled if raining.

Ranger Eric Whiteside                                                            Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Mushroom Madness

Sunday, Jan. 7                                                                         1 p.m.

Join Ranger Amy and the Bay Area Mycological Society for the annual Sycamore Grove Park mushroom hunt. Crawl around under trees, wander through meadows and look at rotting logs to see how many different types of fungi can be found. Please be aware this is not a foray for edibles – all mushrooms need to stay in the park. This event will happen rain or shine. Meet at the Reservable Picnic Area; look for signs on the road to the Veterans Hospital.

Ranger Amy Wolitzer                                                              Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                Reservable Picnic 

 

Tracking Club

Saturday, Jan. 13                                                                    3:30 p.m.

Celebrate the new year by doing some tracking in Sycamore Grove Park. With a little rain comes mud, which makes for great spots to find animal tracks. Venture out looking for muddy spots where local critters have left prints. Canceled if raining heavily.

Ranger Doug Sousa                                                                Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Harrier Hill Hike

Sunday Jan. 14                                                                        10 a.m.

Winter weather can be cold and windy in the hills of Livermore, but they often give us the clearest views across the valley. Join this walk to the top of Harrier Trail to soak in the view and watch the raptors soar. The hike will go rain or shine.

Ranger Eric Whiteside                                                            Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Restoring History                

Saturday, Jan. 20                                                                    10 a.m.

It’s time to do annual maintenance on the historic Olivina walnut lanes in Sycamore Grove Park. Join this program to take a half-mile walk from the parking lot and do some planting, weeding, pruning and cage removal to help restore them to their majestic glory. Bring gloves and water, and please RSVP by calling 925-960-2400, as space is limited. Canceled if raining.

Ranger Darren Segur                                                             Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Birds

Sunday, Jan. 21                                                                       2 p.m.

Birds are one of the most diverse and beautiful groups of animals on Earth. They vary widely in color, shape, size and habit. Join this program to learn the answers to questions such as: How did they get that color? How come they can fly? What exactly makes a bird a bird anyway?

Ranger Dawn Soles                                                                Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                5049 Arroyo Road

 


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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