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American River Conservancy and Nature Center

8913 Highway 49, Coloma, CA

Phone:
1-(530)-621-1224

Website:
arconservancy.org

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Nature Camp- Soaring in the Sierra

Children

Once again, American River Conservancy is pleased to offer our series of Nature Camps this summer. This year’s theme is “Soaring in the Sierra”. We will be focused on all things taking flight - including your imagination!  We will explore the theme of flight, soaring, and the air through outdoor play, art, history and science.  Four camp sessions are offered throughout the summer for children ages 4 - 11.  Are you between the ages of 12 and 18 and wish you could still attend Nature Camp?  You can, as a Camp Counselor or Counselor-In-Training. June 21 & 22 Camp Counselor Training The 2018  Nature Camp dates are: June 25 – 29 Camp Session 1: ages 9-11.  Overnight Thursday the 28th &Friday pickup at 1030 July 9 – 13 Camp Session 2: ages 6-8 July 16 – 20 Camp Session 3: ages 6-8 July 23-27 Camp Session 4: ages 4-5 9:00 AM – 12PM Sessions 1,2 & 3 go from 9AM- 4PM except for an overnight event for session 1 (ages 9-11) Please visit https://app.donorview.com/QL9v to view session prices for members and non-members. Contact Parker Flickinger at education@arconservancy.org to apply as a Counselor or Counselor-In-Training (12 & 13 year olds). Visit https://goo.gl/1qbfm9 to register as a camper. Registration Prices will increase on May 14, 2018.  Please register early to take advantage of the lower price.

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• Mon 7/23/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Acorn Creek Trailhead Maintenance Work Day

Hiking, Volunteer Event

ARC wants to make sure to maintain this new multi-use trail near Salmon Falls Ranch in pristine condition. Come out and help us note difficulties or changes to the trail and pick up any litter that has been discarded. Additional weeding/planting may be needed depending on conditions. Continued maintenance of parking lot and poison oak patches. Please bring a pair of work/garden gloves, a full water bottle and your lunch. Dress for hot, dry conditions. This area is home to ticks and is poison oak habitat, dress appropriately. $5 parking fee waived for volunteers on work day. Please help us keep this trail clean and pristine! Find it on Google Maps as Acorn Creek Trailhead https://goo.gl/maps/3JWfHvQ1J7t Call 530-621-1224 (ex. 25 for Taylor Faye) or email her at stewardship@arconservancy.org

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• Fri 7/27/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Summer Wildflowers of the Sierra

Hiking

Alice Butler, wilderness backpacker and local to the Coloma Lotus Valley, will lead this hike in the spectacular scenery of Round Top and the Sisters. Enjoy lunch beside a sparkling alpine lake and enjoy the bounty of summer wildflowers. This is a moderate hike with 1200ft. elevation gain. Rain cancels. Ages 12+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for carpool meeting location (Placerville area). julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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• Sat 8/4/18 at 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Illuminated Landscape: Literary History of the Sierra Nevada

Signing/Readings

"The Illuminated Landscape," edited by Gary Noy and Rick Heide, is an anthology of writing about the Sierra Nevada experience from the earliest days to the present by famous authors. Their writings trace the history of the area and changes past amd ongoing. in the Sierra Nevada. This talk (and reading presented by Sheila Toner and Sue Barella) provides a short sample of the writings of 14 different authors over the last few centuries that outline the major factors at work and the changes and events they documented in their writings. It will close with a call for us to do our part to protect Sierra Nevada in the future. Sheila is a past ARC board member and current hike leader/lecturer. She taught history for 7 years before joining the service and co-authored "American River Canyon Hikes," a trail guide. Contact ARC to sign up, and for meeting location (Coloma).

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• Thu 8/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Granite Chief Whiskey Creek/Five Lakes/Shanks Cove Trails Overnight Backpacking Trip

Hiking

ARC volunteer Tom Dodson will lead this exploration of the Granite Chief Wilderness Area from the Grayhorse Valley Trailhead, Grayhorse Valley Trail (15E11). You will start off the day with a hike up to the end of the Grayhorse valley up to the crest. From the east you will be able to see the Granite Chief Wilderness (which ARC has added 3500 acres to). We will be camping at Whisky Creek for the evening. On Sunday you will be hiking down along Five Lakes Creek Trail. In the afternoon, back up Shanks Cove Trails which has beautiful waterfalls and pools along the trail. This is an overnight trip, so bring your own backpack with supplies and food. Hike difficulty, intermediate – with 800ft. elevation gains at the beginning and end of the hike, a total of 18 miles round trip. Age minimum: 14 years-old with backpacking experience. Well-behaved dog on leash allowed. Contact ARC to sign up, and for carpool meeting location (Foresthill area). This is not a beginner’s hike. Cost: $40/members, $55/non-members (High clearance vehicles & drivers needed. Indicate desire when signing up.) julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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• Sat 8/18/18 - Sun 8/19/18 at 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Low Water (Coloma to Greenwood) South Fork American River Clean Up

Gardening, Volunteer Event

Mother Nature has done her part in washing down natural and unnatural debris from the shores of the South Fork American River; now it’s our turn to remove the trash! Raft some exciting Class III rapids and volunteer for one (or all!) of this year’s River Cleanups. Due to the nature of the South Fork American River cleanups, we ask that only volunteers with previous boating experience participate. Lunch will be provided for volunteers after the events. The corridor along the South Fork American River is very diverse, both in habitat types and wildlife species. 117 different bird species use this area throughout the year and plastic and sharp metal debris can hurt them, along with the fish and other aquatic wildlife in the river! Please help us keep our rivers clean so they can be a recreational resource for many more years to come. Note: If you and the family would like to help us keep our rivers pristine but do not have boating experience, please check out our September river clean up event The Great Sierra River Clean Up and sign up for it today! Tuesday, June 19th (morning)– Upper South Fork (Chili Bar Run) Thursday, July 19th (morning) – Lower South Fork (Salmon Falls/The Gorge) Wednesday, August 22nd (early afternoon) – Low Water Wednesday (Coloma to Greenwood) Please contact stewardship@arconservancy.org or (530) 621-1224 to RSVP for these cleanups or ask about details!

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• Wed 8/22/18 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Acorn Creek Trailhead Maintenance Work Day

Hiking, Volunteer Event

ARC wants to make sure to maintain this new multi-use trail near Salmon Falls Ranch in pristine condition. Come out and help us note difficulties or changes to the trail and pick up any litter that has been discarded. Additional weeding/planting may be needed depending on conditions. Continued maintenance of parking lot and poison oak patches. Please bring a pair of work/garden gloves, a full water bottle and your lunch. Dress for hot, dry conditions. This area is home to ticks and is poison oak habitat, dress appropriately. $5 parking fee waived for volunteers on work day. Please help us keep this trail clean and pristine! Find it on Google Maps as Acorn Creek Trailhead https://goo.gl/maps/3JWfHvQ1J7t Call 530-621-1224 (ex. 25 for Taylor Faye) or email her at stewardship@arconservancy.org

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• Fri 8/31/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM