Springtime Saunter

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John Muir once said about hiking, “I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike!” You’ll saunter up the hill through the blue oak woodland and then be dazzled by … Read more

Science Spotlight: Winter Adaptations

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With winter comes changes in temperature, daylight, and food supplies. Let’s explore in-depth how wildlife adapts to these changes around them. Lifelong learners and budding scientists are encouraged to participate. $6 parking fee

Last Hike of the Year

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Join this last hike of the year and enjoy a peaceful 3-mile hike while looking for signs of the winter season and reflecting on the past year as you wander around the water. Bring sturdy shoes, water, and snacks.

Escape the Holiday Madness!

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The weather is cooling and the rains should arrive. You’ll observe the effects of the changing season on the wide variety of regional flora and the ways these plants have adapted to their unique environments. Join Docent Naturalists Martin Manley … Read more

Winter on the Mountain

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This Mt. Tam walk will give you sweeping views to the south as you traverse through serpentine chaparral to the West Point Inn where you’ll stop for our picnic lunch. The south-facing, open slopes will give way to a lovely, … Read more

Winter Solstice Saunter

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You’ll search for signs of the season, including mistletoe, Christmas berry, and those natural tree ornaments, “apple galls” and “California pears”. The trail passes under Foothill and Coulter pines, two gnarly conifer species that will never replace Douglas fir as … Read more

Winter on the Mountain

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This walk will give you sweeping views to the south as you traverse through serpentine chaparral to the West Point Inn where you’ll stop for our picnic lunch. The south-facing, open slopes will give way to a lovely, forested trail … Read more

A Seasonal Sense of Place

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Join Docent Naturalists Susan Bernhard, Noa Doitel, Maureen Draper, and Lina Mesa on autumn-scented Canyon Trail for a moderately-paced hike (4 miles). You’ll learn what plants and trees have to teach about surviving heat and drought. You’ll see cones, buckeyes … Read more

First Day of Autumn Walk

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Come and look for the first signs of autumn at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. This will be a short moderate walk-through from the Railroad Bed Trail to the Pittsburg Mine Trail to the Stewartville Trail. You’ll learn about the … Read more