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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.


Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Almond Trail
Saturday, Nov. 4                                                                                               11 a.m.
Nice nature getaways can be found close to home. Join Ranger Danny for a slow-paced 1-mile walk beginning at Almond Park. People of all abilities are welcome, including adults with small children. The group will follow the paved trail to the Livermore skate park and back and talk about what can be seen along the way. No RSVP required. Meet at the picnic tables near Almond Avenue.

Ranger Danny Haberman                                                                          Almond Park

                                                                                                                         1555 Almond Ave.


Pre-Winter Campfire

Sunday, Nov. 12                                                                   4:30 pm

This time of year is beautiful in the park. Spend a delightful evening sitting by a crackling campfire. Enjoy some cocoa (provided) while learning a little about some of the nocturnal park residents and listening to stories. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and feel free to bring a hot dog to cook over the fire. Please call 925-960-2400 for reservations. Canceled if raining.

Ranger Dawn Soles                                                                                  Sycamore Grove Park

                                                               Reservable Picnic Area (directions provided on RSVP)


Early Morning Walk (70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge)

Saturday, Nov. 18                                                                                            8 a.m.

Join an early morning stroll through the Nature Area in Sycamore Grove Park to enjoy fall colors and, hopefully, spot wildlife going about their morning activities. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. This will be about a 2.5-mile walk on dirt trails, and no hill climbing. Canceled if raining.

Ranger Darren Segur                                                                             Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                            5049 Arroyo Road


Tracking Club

Saturday, Nov. 18                                                                                            3:30 p.m.

Join this program to discuss some of our feathered friends that leave tracks in the park. Participants will talk about bird foot morphology and possibly even track a turkey or two just in time for Thanksgiving. Canceled if raining heavily.

Ranger Doug Sousa                                                                               Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                      1051 Wetmore Road


Turkey Time

Sunday, Nov. 19                                                                                               10 a.m.

Gobble, gobble! Turkeys aren’t just on the table, they’re in our parklands too. Join this program to learn about wild turkeys and hopefully find some to admire. This will be an easy, slow wander of less than a mile, fun for both kids and adults. The program will also include making a Thanksgiving craft. Canceled if raining heavily.

Ranger Amy Wolitzer                                                                               Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                            5049 Arroyo Road


Crisp Evening Walk (70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge)

Sunday, Nov. 19                                                                                               5 p.m.

It’s the time of year when most people stay indoors near the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa – change the pace and take a walk outdoors instead. Participants will go for a walk through Sycamore Grove Park after the sun goes down. Please dress for the temperature and wear good shoes. This will be a leisurely stroll of 2.5 miles. Reservations are required by calling 925-960-2400. Canceled if raining.

Ranger Dawn Soles                                                                                Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                      1051 Wetmore Road


Thanksgiving Hills Hike (70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge)

Saturday, Nov. 25                                                                                            10 a.m.

After a Thanksgiving feast, come burn off calories with a hike to the top of the park and enjoy the view. Please wear appropriate shoes, and be prepared for muddy trails if it has rained. The hike will go, rain or shine. It will include at least 5 miles on mostly unpaved trails.

Ranger Glen Florey                                                                                Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                     1051 Wetmore Road


Storytime Campfire with the Livermore Public Library

Sunday, Nov. 26                                                                                               3:30 p.m.

LARPD rangers and librarians from the Livermore Public Library will entertain families with children's books about nature at a special Storytime Campfire in Sycamore Grove Park. Attendees will enjoy a warm beverage and a sweet treat. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Please bring chairs or a blanket for your family to sit on. Canceled if raining. Registration is required and limited to the first 20 children. Registration opens Saturday, Oct. 28, by calling the Library at 925-373-5504.

Ranger Staff and Librarians                                                    Sycamore Grove Park

                                                               Reservable Picnic Area (directions provided on RSVP)


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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