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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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Featured Event

Art on the Farm

Mixed Media, Multimedia

Sunday, April 29th 9am-1pm This day is dedicated to the artist in you. Bring your easel and supplies, or camera, and spend the day painting, sketching, or “shooting” to your heart’s content. There are potentially thousands of beautiful images to capture at Wakamatsu. With 272 acres of springs, streams, oaks, and vistas, an old barn, dairy, gravesite, home and gardens, the viewpoints are endless. Docents may be on hand to share the history of this remarkable piece of property still being acquired by ARC. Contact ARC for meeting location (Placerville area) and to sign up. FREE: Donations encouraged. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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• Sun 4/29/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

Acorn Creek Trail Work Day

Nature

Join the American River Conservancy at Acorn Creek near Salmon Falls Ranch for a day of trail work. Please bring a pair of work/garden gloves, a full water bottle and your lunch. We will also be continuing planting and doing some weeding in the planted areas near the parking lot. We anticipate opening this new multi-use public trail and trail-head soon! For more information on work day and location details or to sign up, call (530) 621-1224 or email Taylor Faye at stewardship@arconservancy.org.

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• Sat 4/28/18 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lake Clementine Hike

Hiking

Saturday, April 28th 9am-1pm This loop trail led by volunteer Naturalist Donna Orth is approx. 5.8 miles with a 350ft. elevation gain. We will start heading up the middle fork of the American River then follow it up to the top. We will then head down to the lake, loop back down to the river again then head under the Foresthill Bridge to the trail head. Fit 12+ with adult welcome. Friendly, leashed dogs OK. Contact ARC for meeting location (confluence area) and to sign up. Suggested donation: $5/person or $10/family. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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• Sat 4/28/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Urban Ecology in the Cosumnes River Watershed

Nature

Saturday, April 28th 10am-12pm Part of a year-long Cosumnes River Watershed Hike Series. Join ARC’s Stewardship Director and California Naturalist Course Instructor for a short and easy stroll in El Dorado Hills along Carson Creek, a tributary to the Cosumnes River. Become more familiar with some common plant and animal residents in your neighborhood. Learn about what makes the Cosumnes River Watershed so special. This is a great beginner walk for all ages, about one mile. Contact ARC for meeting location (Creekside Greens Park/El Dorado Hills area) and to sign up. Suggested donation: $5/person or $10/family. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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• Sat 4/28/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Beginning Bird Walk

Animals, Nature

This event is designed for beginner bird watchers. Our program hosts are bird enthusiast Parker Flickinger and Nature Center Docent, Sierra Harris. The event begins with an introductory presentation on bird watching, followed by a brief bird walk through the Coloma State Park. We will be looking for the resident species as well the spring migrants. Our program host Parker Flickinger joins us through the AmeriCorps program. He loves the outdoors, and has a BS in Environmental Science. This is an easy hike for everyone. Contact ARC for meeting location (Coloma area) and to sign up. Suggested donation: $5/person or $10/family. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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• Sat 4/28/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lipa Falls Preserve Work Day

Nature

May 1; 9am – 1pm Help us do some spring cleaning at ARC’s Lipa Falls Preserve. This annual cleanup day will focus on downed/dead wood removal for fire safety, weed removal and blackberry trimming. A short hike along the spectacular creek and waterfalls after our workday will round out this day. Come enjoy the beautiful spring May Day with ARC! For more information, directions, and to sign up please call Taylor Faye at (530) 621-4818 extension 25 or email stewardship@arconservancy.org.

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• Tue 5/1/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Fishing on the Farm at American River Conservancy

Fishing

ARC is partnering with the El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a monthly fishing night at the Wakamatsu Colony Farm in Gold Hill. Try your hand at casting techniques, catch a few bass, and enjoy the serenity of the 8-acre lake at the historic farm. Participants MUST have a valid CA fishing license. Adults only, please. Rain or shine (lightning storm cancels). Please call to sign up and for meeting location (Gold Hill/Placerville area). Cost: $10/members, $15/non-members.

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• Wed 5/2/18 at 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Grand Opening: Acorn Creek Trailhead

Social Event

The Acorn Creek Trailhead is a publicly accessible parking area and trailhead for hikers, mountain bicyclists and equestrians, as well as general day-use public recreation associated with trails and wildlife viewing. The Trailhead and the 1-mile connector trail links recreational trail resources that are a part of the South Fork American River Trail (SFART), managed by the BLM, California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and ARC. The public is invited to begin using this trailhead and trail access location as early as May 4. The ribbon-cutting and trail dedication is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Please contact Taylor Faye at stewardship@arconservancy.org or 530-621-1224 (extension 25) to RSVP so that we can keep a count going of how many people to expect.

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• Fri 5/4/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Capturing Wakamatsu: A Poetry Workshop

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Sunday May 6th 2-4pm Taylor Graham, El Dorado County Poet Laureate, and award-winning Sacramento-area poet Katy Brown, will lead an exploration of farmhouse, barn and surroundings, then ask participants to write a poem inspired by what they’ve experienced. Any who wish may share their poems with the group and ARC. Children 8+ welcome with adult supervision. Contact ARC to sign up, and for carpool meeting location (Placerville). Suggested Donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224

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• Sun 5/6/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Wakamatsu Giving Garden Work Day

Gardening

The Giving Garden is a part of the historic Wakamatsu farm where volunteers assist in seasonal plantings, weed management, mulch application, fruit tree pruning, crop and orchard fertilizing, seed germination, plant propagation as well as fruit and veggie harvesting. During the winter we aim to plant cover crops to protect our precious soils from wind and rain erosion. Along with the Giving Garden, a greenhouse, plant nursery and California native plant demonstration garden is on site. These volunteer work days are critical to the success of the Giving Garden project. Gardeners and landscapers of all ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Taylor Faye to sign up and/or receive more information at stewardship@arconservancy.org or (530) 621-1224 extension 25.

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• Tue 5/8/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Magnolia Hike

Hiking

Saturday, May 12th 8-10am Enjoy a 2.5-mile beginner level hike at Magnolia Ranch with ARC hike leader Amy Brinkley. This is an easy hike, with moderate elevation change. 10-year-olds+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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• Sat 5/12/18 at 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Spivey Pond Restoration Work Day

Nature

Join ARC stewardship staff at Spivey Pond for a day of restoration! Wednesday, May 16th from 9am-1pm We will be focusing on invasive plant removal (some Himalayan blackberry bushes) and native grass, sedge and forb planting to enhance red-legged frog habitat and lower erosion potential. Come enjoy a beautiful day by the water as we restore this area. Responsible teens+ welcome. For more information, location and carpool info please contact Taylor Faye at stewardship@arconservancy.org or 530-621-1224 (extension 25) to sign up!

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• Wed 5/16/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Wakamatsu Giving Garden Work Day

Gardening

The Giving Garden is a part of the historic Wakamatsu farm where volunteers assist in seasonal plantings, weed management, mulch application, fruit tree pruning, crop and orchard fertilizing, seed germination, plant propagation as well as fruit and veggie harvesting. During the winter we aim to plant cover crops to protect our precious soils from wind and rain erosion. Along with the Giving Garden, a greenhouse, plant nursery and California native plant demonstration garden is on site. These volunteer work days are critical to the success of the Giving Garden project. Gardeners and landscapers of all ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Taylor Faye to sign up and/or receive more information at stewardship@arconservancy.org or (530) 621-1224 extension 25.

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• Sat 5/19/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thermophilic Composting: Turning Yard and Kitchen Waste into Black Gold

Class/Workshop

Sunday, May 20th 2-4pm Thermophilic composting is used to rid compost of human pathogens, plant diseases, and weed seeds. The best part is you can gather most, if not all, of the ingredients from your kitchen and backyard waste. This class covers what thermophilic composting is, ingredients used in a compost pile, and methods used to create healthy compost. Help create a compost pile at the Farm using materials already at the Farm. Our instructor Branden Irvine is a Certified Permaculture Design Practitioner and has worked and trained with organizations restoring degraded lands to healthy ecosystems utilizing thermophilic composting, worm farming, compost tea, and native plant restoration projects. Mature 12+ welcome. Contact ARC for meeting location (Gold Hill/Placerville area) and to sign up. Cost: $15/members, $20. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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• Sun 5/20/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Acorn Creek Trail Work Day

Nature

Join the American River Conservancy at Acorn Creek near Salmon Falls Ranch for a day of trail work. Please bring a pair of work/garden gloves, a full water bottle and your lunch. We will also be continuing planting and doing some weeding in the planted areas near the parking lot. We anticipate opening this new multi-use public trail and trail-head soon! For more information on work day and location details or to sign up, call (530) 621-1224 or email Taylor Faye at stewardship@arconservancy.org.

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• Wed 5/23/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cronan Moonlight Hike

Hiking

Saturday, May 26th 6:30-8:30pm Spend the evening on a moonlit hike at Cronan Ranch. Come enjoy a 3-5 mile walk through the Long Valley and along the Western Ridge trails on a nearly full moon. Amy Brinkley will lead this moderate-level hike, with some challenging elevation change. Fit 10-year-olds+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Pilot Hill area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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• Sat 5/26/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

El Dorado Ranch Hike- Exploring the Cosumnes River Watershed

Hiking

Saturday, May 26th 9am-4pm Discover the beauty and splendor of one of our high-priority land conservation projects: El Dorado Ranch. ARC’s Stewardship Director and several Land Stewards will lead this hike on ARC-owned portions of this 7,500-acre working cattle ranch. Learn first-hand why protecting this property from future development is so important. Explore blue oak woodlands, spring wildflowers, and ancient volcanic rocks that predate the Sierra Nevada granite. Approx. 4 miles total. Ages 12+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (El Dorado area). Suggested donation: $15/members, $20/non-members. julie@ARConservancy.org or 530-621-1224.

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• Sat 5/26/18 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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 6/25/18 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Mon 7/9/18 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Mon 7/16/18 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Mon 7/23/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM