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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 with any questions. 



Healthy People, Healthy Arroyos

Saturday, April 7                                                                    9 a.m.

Join a creek cleanup on the Arroyo Mocho at the Stanley Reach. The Stanley Reach is the oldest project by Living Arroyos, a multi-agency partnership to enhance and maintain the urban streams and streamside habitats of the Livermore-Amador valley. Participants will learn about the five years of work on this project and help clean up trash that has accumulated during the spring rains. All supplies will be provided. Meet at the corner of Cottonwood Court and Summertree Drive along the Arroyo Bike Trail.

Ranger Danny and Living Arroyos staff                                

Cottonwood Court at Summertree Drive


Lowland Wildflowers

Sunday, April 8                                                                       2 p.m.

Most of the LARPD ranger-led wildflower hikes require a trek into the hills, but this walk will stay in the flatlands. There is plenty of flora to be found if you know where to look. This will be a slow-paced walk of about one mile. Kids are welcome, but strollers are not recommended because trails are dirt and rocky in some areas. Please call 925-960-2400 if you need directions to Nature Area entrance.

Ranger Amy Wolitzer                                                              Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                Nature Area Entrance


Monarchs & Milkweed (RSVP)

Sunday, April 15                                                                     1 p.m.

Join in this ranger-led activity and do your part to help monarch butterflies succeed. LARPD Park Rangers Claire and Doug will teach about these beautiful creatures and the threats they face, including habitat loss. Learn how you can help and take home milkweed seeds, a crucial plant in the monarch lifecycle. Supplies are limited; participants must call 925-960 2400 to RSVP by April 11. Directions to meeting location in Sycamore Grove Park will be given upon RSVP.

Rangers Claire Girling and Doug Sousa                                Sycamore Grove Park



Sunday, April 22                                                                     2 p.m.

This ancient group of animals has some popular critters in its family: frogs, toads and salamanders. Countless children can be seen each year in the park scouring the banks of the creek in hopes of spotting one of these charming animals. Join this program to learn about this wonderful group of animals and how they have changed through time. There will be live specimens to see and enjoy.

Ranger Dawn Soles                                                                Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                5049 Arroyo Road



Springtime Bird Time

Sunday, April 29                                                                     9 a.m.

Grab your binoculars and come to Sycamore Grove Park for a bird walk and talk. Be prepared to walk as far as the Cattail Pond, about four to five miles. If raining, the program may involve looking at the collection of bird artifacts under the shade shelter in the gathering area instead of a walk.

Ranger Eric Whiteside                                                            Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                1051 Wetmore 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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