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Upcoming Open Space Events

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. 

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.

 

Ponding USA!

Saturday, May 27                                                                   2 p.m.

Forget surfing. Today the place to be is in the pond. Join this program to explore its deepest depths. After a short introduction to some of the local inhabitants, the group will grab nets and dive in – well, wade in and look for aquatic creatures. Good for ages 5 and up. Bring water, a towel and closed-toed shoes that can get wet – old sneakers work fine. Sandals/bare feet are not allowed in the pond. Please RSVP by calling 925-960-2400 or emailing dsegur@larpd.org.

Ranger Darren Segur                                                             Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                5049 Arroyo Road

 

Sycamore Grove Tracking Club

Saturday, June 10                                                                               5 p.m.

This will be the first meeting of the new Sycamore Grove Tracking Club. Participants will do some hands-on tracking. The plan for the group is to meet once a month to explore and discuss all things tracking. Come learn a new skill and see a different side of this great park!

Ranger Doug Sousa                                                                            Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Family Mountain Bike Ride

Sunday, June 11                                                                                  3 to 5 p.m.

Kids and their accompanying adult are invited to bring their bikes to Sycamore Grove Park for a fun family ride with Ranger Heather. Bicyclists will be on dirt trails, including the single-track section leading along the stream from the southern end of the park to the bridge below the dam end of Lake Del Valle. The ride will be 7 miles round-trip. Helmets required. Registration appreciated but not required. RSVP by calling 925-960-2400 or emailing valleywilds@larpd.org

Naturalist Heather Day                                                                     Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Snake Stories  

Sunday, June 18                                                                                  10 to 11 a.m.

Come meet a few of our local snakes at this family-friendly program. Hear a snake story and make a snake-related craft.

Ranger Amy Wolitzer and Open Space Volunteers                     Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Creek Walk (70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge)

Saturday, June 24                                                                               10 a.m.

Following this year’s wet winter, come out to the park and take a walk along the creek and look at what all that water has brought us. Observe the effect that water flows (both natural and artificial) have had on the park. This will be a 2.5-mile walk on flat trails and counts toward the 70 Miles for 70 Years Challenge. Bring water and a camera if you like.

Ranger Darren Segur                                                                         Sycamore Grove Park

                                                                                                                1051 Wetmore Road

 

Turtles

Sunday, June 25                                                                                  2 p.m.

Turtles come in different shapes and sizes, and they live in different environments from the ocean to the desert and everywhere in between. Some are small, and some are the size of a small car. Join this program to learn about this charming group of reptiles. There will be live specimens to view.

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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