General Information
Ranger Office
Livermore Area Recreation and Park District
Robert Livermore Community Center
Camp Shelly Reservations
Robert Livermore Community Center
Livermore Police Department
Non-Emergency
Livermore Police Animal Control
Location
4444 East Avenue
Livermore,
CA
94550

Hours
Sunday - Saturday
7:00 am - Sunset

Homeschool Nature Programs

Park Ranger with youth walking in a line

Weekday Nature Programs, Great For Homeschool Kids

LARPD Open Space offers weekday ranger-led programs for school age kids: Sycamore Science Camp geared towards ages 4 to 9 and Junior Rangers for ages 9 to 12.  Listed below are our offerings for SPRING 2023.

Sycamore Science Camp (Targeting Ages 4-9)

Sycamore Science Camp: On the Move

Wildlife is always on the move, from the tallest mountains to the deepest oceans. But how do snakes travel without legs? How do seeds disperse across grasslands? When and why do migrating visitors stop in our region? Why did the turkey cross the road...and how can we help animals cross streets, highways, & cities?  Join us to learn how nature moves in this session of Sycamore Science Camp!  Meets weekly for four weeks.

Location Res / NR
SGP-Picnic Area $50/$55
Ages Dates Days Time
REGISTER 4-5 1/19-2/9 Thurs 2:30-3:30p
REGISTER 6-7 1/18-2/8 Wed 2:30-3:30p
REGISTER 8-9 1/18-2/8 Wed 2:30-3:30p
REGISTER Mixed: 5-11 1/17-2/7 Tues 10:00-11:00a
REGISTER Mixed: 4-13 1/18-2/8 Wed 10:30-11:30a
REGISTER Mixed: 4-13 1/19-2/9 Thurs 10:30-11:30a

Sycamore Science Camp: Birds

Sycamore Grove is home to many species of birds: ducks wading and diving in the creek, flycatchers swooping down from their perches amongst the trees, woodpeckers, and sapsuckers drilling into branches and trunks for sap and bugs, and hawks and eagles soaring above watching for prey!  Learn about these amazing animals and how important they are to our local ecosystems in this session of Sycamore Science Camp.  Meets weekly for four weeks. 

Location Res / NR
SGP-Picnic Area $50/$55
Ages Dates Days Time
REGISTER 4-5 3/2-3/23 Thurs 2:30-3:30p
REGISTER 6-7 3/1-3/22 Wed 2:30-3:30p
REGISTER 8-9 3/1-3/22 Wed 2:30-3:30p
REGISTER Mixed: 5-11 2/28-3/21 Tues 10:00-11:00a
REGISTER Mixed: 4-13 3/1-3/22 Wed 10:30-11:30a
REGISTER Mixed: 4-13 3/2-3/28 Thurs 10:30-11:30a

Sycamore Science Camp: Scientists Around Town

Livermore is home to a wide variety of habitats and plant communities.  LARPD manages parks spanning many of these different ecosystems, and we want to showcase a few of them! Join us at 4 ALL NEW locations for Sycamore Science Camp "Scientists Around Town."  We will meet at the Wetmore entrance to Sycamore Grove Park, the Blue Oak Canyon of Holdener Park's dry creek bed of Robertson Park, and Alkaline Wetlands near Marlin Pound Park.  Meets weekly for four weeks.

The optional field trip will be to the stunning north side of Brushy Peak to explore big sandstone rock formations.  

Location Res / NR
SGP-Picnic Area $50/$55
Ages Dates Days Time
REGISTER 4-5 4/27-5/18 Thurs 2:30-3:30p
REGISTER 6-7 4/26-5/17 Wed 2:30-3:30p
REGISTER 8-9 4/26-5/17 Wed 2:30-3:30p
REGISTER Mixed: 5-11 2/28-3/21 Tues 10:00-11:00a
REGISTER Mixed: 4-13 3/1-3/22 Wed 10:30-11:30a
REGISTER Mixed: 4-13 3/2-3/28 Thurs 10:30-11:30a

*New* Sycamore Science Camp Field Trips (Targeting Ages 4-9)

Science Campers can join the LARPD Rangers for a special, optional session at a new location that expands on the science camp theme.  Priority registration is given to enrolled participants in the current Sycamore Science Camp.  NO ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR FIELD TRIPS: please call the Rangers office at 925-960-2400 or email natureprograms@larpd.org.

SSC Field Trip: On the Move

Meet a new location at Sycamore Grove Park to explore our Nature Area, a special part of the park designed especially with wildlife in mind. 

Time Location Res / NR
2:30p Sycamore Grove Park  $15/$17
Ages Dates Days
4-9 2/15 Wed

*More dates TBD

Science Camp Field Trip - Birds 

Join the Rangers on a field trip to Springtown Preserve in North Livermore, an amazing birding hotspot! This unique ecosystem draws resident and migratory birds alike, and we hope to see some shorebirds and waterfowl rarely seen at Sycamore Grove Park.  Bring binoculars if you have them; we'll also have some you can borrow.  

Time Location Res / NR
9:00a Sycamore Grove Park  $25/$27
Ages Dates Days
4-9 3/25 Sat

*More dates TBD

Science Camp Field Trip - Scientists Around Town

Go behind the scenes with the Rangers t some of the most amazing ecosystems we have in the Livermore Area... the Sandstone Hills, Vernal Pools, and Oak Savannahs of Brushy Peak! Members of the public can only visit this park of the peak managed by LARPD through Ranger Programs like this one, so we hope you'll join us for this very special field trip! 

Time Location Res / NR
9:00a Sycamore Grove Park  $25/$27
Ages Dates Days
4-9 5/27 Sat

*More dates TBD

Jr. Rangers (Ages 9-12)

Hiking, playing games, exploring nature, plus lots of fun for those who join up to be a Jr. Ranger. The program will meet every other week from January to May. Call 925-960-2400 for more information about the program or to get a copy of the proposed meeting schedule. First Meeting will be at the Sycamore Grove Park Reserved Picnic Area.

Days Res / NR Location
Sun $360/$390 SGP-Reservable Picnic Area
Course # Age Time Day Dates
REGISTER 9-12 10a-3p Mon JAN-MAY
REGISTER 9-12 9a-2p Mon JAN-MAY