Saturday, June 6th, is a special day—it’s National Trails Day—and Placer Land Trust has many reasons to celebrate! First of all, trails provide opportunities for good health, fun adventures, hands-on education, and a place to connect with friends, family and nature. Trails themselves are reason enough to celebrate. However, PLT is ALSO celebrating the completion of our Trails & Recreation Capital Campaign! We have raised almost $750,000 in donations, grants, and in-kind contributions and expect to reach our goal by the end of June. We are so excited to build a 50-mile continuous trail system that connects multiple PLT preserves and Hidden Falls Regional Park, and open that entire region of permanently protected land to the public in upcoming years.
To celebrate, Placer Land Trust is offering several activities at our Big Hill Preserves that highlight just a few of the ways that one can enjoy a trail. Bring your friends and family and sign up for one or more of the activities. Space is limited for all activities so sign up early, the deadline is Thursday, June 4th. This is a free event, however donations are greatly appreciated and will help us build and maintain more trails for YOU and your future generations. Here is the schedule of activities with further details below:
Schedule of Activities
7:30-9:00am Bird Watching & Photography
9:00-11:30am Guided Hike
10:00-11:30am Kids Nature Activities (with a special visit from the Sacramento River Cats’ mascot, Dinger)
12:30pm Preserve Closes – Happy Trails!
These docent led outings are in a natural setting in the wilderness: there are no restrooms or benches available. Please plan ahead and bring what you will need. We suggest you wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.
You are encouraged to bring water and snacks to enjoy along the way. You may also want mosquito repellant, sunscreen and a hat. Feel free to bring your camera along too!
We have a “leave no trace” policy – if you pack it in, please pack it out.
Sorry, no dogs are allowed on our Preserves.
Some of the walking may be off trail in cow pastureland and may have cow patties and hoof print holes.
Participants must sign a release of liability which is available below. Please print and bring it with you.
Your donation helps expand our trail system. We accept cash or checks at the event, or via credit card https://www.placerlandtrust.org/donate/ .
Big Hill Preserve is approximately 15 minutes north of Auburn. Directions will be emailed after registration.
If you have any questions, please contact Kara at 530-887-9222.
Birdwatching & Photography
Get up bright and early to join us for Birdwatching & Photography starting at 7:30am. This activity is open to all level of birders and photographers, with no prior experience necessary. We will saunter along the banks of Coon Creek and wend slowly through the Blue oak grassland looking and listening for year-round residents and migrating songbirds. We’ll practice basic birding identification skills and likely will get to know the common residents of this beautiful riparian forest habitat. Please bring binoculars, cameras, and/or field guides if you have them. You might want to bring along a notepad to record notes of what you learned and saw. This activity will provide some great nature photography opportunities, even if you’re not a birder.
The trail at our Big Hill Preserve has unusual rock formations, the gently flowing Coon Creek, and spectacular panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada foothills and Sacramento Valley. This 2.5 hour hike is a shorter version of our regular docent led hikes, but should still hit some amazing views and wonderful photo opportunities. This is mostly a moderate level hike, with uphill and downhill travel on uneven ground and rough terrain, with only a few areas that some may view as strenuous.
Kids Nature Activities
This will be a great way for kids to get hands-on with nature! They’ll learn about the outdoors in an interactive way through fun games, activities, and exploration. This activity will end with a guest appearance from Dinger, the River Cats’ mascot, who is also a nature lover—be sure to bring your camera for this great photo op!
Enjoy a picnic with your friends and family, or make new friends, by the beautiful Coon Creek. Bring your lunch and blanket or chairs to sit on. We’ll provide additional water as well as cookies and fruit to complement your meal. Come anytime between 11am and noon and feel free to stay until the preserve closes at 12:30pm.