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We are offering a VERY special opportunity for EARTH DAY! We have quite a lineup with something for everyone!!
For Everyone: Come see the vernal pools, restoration projects, and wildflowers at our Doty Ravine Preserve in Lincoln on Sunday, April 24. Vernal pools are phenomenal and unique. Small swales in the landscape that have been completely dry for eight months fill with winter rains. Showy wildflowers appear that exist in no other landscape as the pools evaporate and enter the “flower” phase. We will also highlight our recent restoration projects, riparian enhancement, floodplain restoration, and grassland and wildflower restoration.
This part of the event starts at 9:00am and will be about 2 miles of walking and take about 3 hours. This walking tour will be led by Sierra College Professor Emeritus and vernal pool expert Joe Medeiros, along with some help from our docent team. We will be walking to the vernal pools and spending time looking at the flowers, then moving through the various restoration areas.
Difficulty: Rated as easy, walking on uneven ground in a cow pasture. Expect hoof holes and cow patties to be present, and possibly wet, muddy ground. Children under age 3 might have difficulty walking on the terrain. This is a wilderness outing in a natural setting: there are no restrooms, benches, or water available. Please plan ahead and bring what you will need. We suggest you wear sturdy shoes, wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions, and bring plenty of water.
JUST FOR KIDS: Bring the kids by bright and early for a special Earth Day activity just for them! We’ll be teaching them how to plant willow stakes that grow into beautiful trees. This part of the event will start at 7:30am and go until 9:30am or until all the willow stakes are planted. Expect them to get a little dirty! And we’re planning to have a little something special for the kids to take home with them too in honor of Earth Day.
What to Bring:
Dress for the day’s weather (rain or shine)
Sun protection (hat, sun screen, sunglasses)
Binoculars and hand lens (jeweler’s loupe) if you have them.
Comfortable walking shoes (that you are ok with getting muddy)
Sack lunch or snacks and plenty of water
Lots of curiosity!
Parking is limited so carpooling is highly encouraged. Sorry, no dogs are allowed on our Preserves. There is no charge for the event, but donations are always appreciated.
Directions and a reminder will be emailed prior to the walk. The deadline to sign up is Noon the Friday prior to the event or when it fills up.
Participants must sign a release of liability which is available below. Please bring it with you.
If you have any questions, please contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-887-9222.