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Notice: The paved path through Sycamore Grove Park is being replaced! Trails, and occasionally, the entire park will be subject to closure during construction when heavy equipment is in use. Some parts of the park may be open when construction is not occurring. The construction schedule for the next few days is as follows: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 6, 7 & 8 - No construction scheduled. Select areas of Sycamore Grove Park will be open 7:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 9 - Park closed from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Select areas will open from 4:15-8:30 p.m. if it is safe to do so. Please use this link to view a map of which trails/areas are expected to remain open and which will remain closed. We will continue to update this notice to provide you with the most current and up to date information. Please note that the park is also subject to closure from time to time due to High Fire Danger. Please call the LARPD Ranger Office at 925-960-2400 for more information.

Upcoming Nature Programs and 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 or email valleywilds@larpd.org with any questions.

Creekside Storytime
Sunday, July 15, 10:00 a.m.
LARPD rangers and librarians from the Livermore Public Library will entertain families with children’s books about nature and wildlife. After the story time, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the nearby creek and learn about local aquatic plants and animals. Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that can get wet during the creek exploration. Please email valleywilds@larpd.org and ask for directions to our special meeting location – it’s not normally open to the public. For other questions, please call the Library at 925-373-5504.
Ranger Heather and the Livermore Public Library
Sycamore Grove Park, Reservable Picnic Area (5035 Arroyo Road)

Turtles
Sunday, July 22, 2:00 p.m.
They come in different shapes and sizes. 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 us today to learn about that charming group of reptiles – the turtles. There will be live specimens for us to look at.
Ranger Dawn Soles
Sycamore Grove Park, Arroyo Road Entrance (5049 Arroyo Road)

Altamont Creek Walk - Birds and More!
Saturday, July 7, 5:00 p.m.
Join Ranger Vickie for a walk along a paved path and look at the plants and animals that call this area home. We will have binoculars for participants to use during the program.
Meet Ranger Vickie
at the playground near 6725 Altamont Creek Dr. in Livermore.

Cool off in the Creek
Sunday, July 8, 2:00 p.m.
What will we find lurking in the shallows of the creek? Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and join Ranger Amy to explore! Our walk to the creek will be less than ¼ mile so adults may want to bring a camp chair to sit comfortably on the shore while the little ones play in the creek. All ages welcome.
Ranger Amy Wolitzer
Sycamore Grove Park, Wetmore Road Entrance (1051 Wetmore Road)

Creekside Storytime
Sunday, July 15, 10:00 a.m.
LARPD rangers and librarians from the Livermore Public Library will entertain families with children’s books about nature and wildlife. After the story time, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the nearby creek and learn about local aquatic plants and animals. Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that can get wet during the creek exploration. Please email valleywilds@larpd.org and ask for directions to our special meeting location – it’s not normally open to the public. For other questions, please call the Library at 925-373-5504.
Ranger Heather and the Livermore Public Library
Sycamore Grove Park, Reservable Picnic Area (5035 Arroyo Road)

Turtles
Sunday, July 22, 2:00 p.m.
They come in different shapes and sizes. 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 us today to learn about that charming group of reptiles – the turtles. There will be live specimens for us to look at.
Ranger Dawn Soles
Sycamore Grove Park, Arroyo Road Entrance (5049 Arroyo Road)

Sycamore Grove Nature Area Stroll
Saturday, August 4, 5:00 p.m.
This will be a slow and easy one-mile walk through the Nature Area of Sycamore Grove Park. We will look at plants and hopefully see animals that come out in the evening. Trails are dirt and loose gravel, so strollers are not recommended. Wear appropriate footwear and bring drinking water. The Nature Area Entrance is the dirt parking lot on Arroyo Road opposite the golf course pond. It is open only for programs like this one!
Ranger Vickie Eggert
Sycamore Grove Park, Nature Area Entrance

Stargazing Amongst the Sycamores
Monday, August 13, 8:15 p.m.
Take a three-mile round-trip night hike through the park for some stargazing! We’ll stop halfway and use telescopes to view the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, as well as nebulae, star clusters, and maybe even a comet! The Perseid meteor shower will be near its peak, so there should be shooting stars to see. Binoculars will be available for you to use, although you’re welcome to bring your own.
Ranger Aide Charlie Siders
Sycamore Grove Park, Wetmore Road Entrance (1051 Wetmore Road)

Summer Sunset Stroll
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.
The sun is starting to set earlier, but the evenings are still the best time to come out and enjoy a walk in the park. As the sky darkens, we will enjoy views of four bright planets stretching across the sky. The walk will be approximately 3 miles on unpaved trails.
Ranger Glen Florey
Sycamore Grove Park, Wetmore Road Entrance (1051 Wetmore Road)

Leaping Lizards
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 p.m.
Summer time is reptile time! Some of our most easily seen reptiles are the lizards. Come learn about the lizards found in our area as well as those from around the world. There will be live specimens to see.
Ranger Dawn Soles
Sycamore Grove Park, Arroyo Road Entrance (5049 Arroyo Road)

Beginner Mountain Bike Ride:
Saturday August 25, 10:00 a.m.
Join Ranger Heather for a five-mile ride into the upper section of the park. We will climb a few of the not-too-hard hills and ride single track trails. The ride is not technical, but all participants must have a mountain bike with hand brakes and gears. Helmets required for all participants. All ages are welcome Excessive heat (over 90 degrees) will cancel.
Naturalist Heather Day
Sycamore Grove Park, Wetmore Road Entrance (1051 Wetmore Road)

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