Explore one of California's unique and vanishing wonders, a Blue Oak Woodland. On this wildflower grassland your Naturalist will help sharpen your senses as they lead you under the oak canopy pointing out the interconnected world of insects, birds, plants, animals and even the lowly fungi that weave together this amazing ecosystem.
Taking you back in time, you’ll discover the bounty Native Americans found on this land which served as grocery store, pharmacy and Home Depot! Walking the old miner’s water ditch used to wash down hillsides and reroute streambeds, you will see how this terrain has been radically altered and how that has affected what grows here. Finally, come to the present to learn about the working cattle here that continues to sustain and change this interconnected natural world.
Three to six miles over uneven terrain with possible small stream crossings. Wear sturdy, closed toe shoes and bring a hiking pole for balance (optional). Dew can make for damp surfaces so if you want to kneel down to get close enough to open up the world beneath your feet, dress accordingly. An inquiring mind combined with a small magnifying glass or botany loupe, binoculars and camera will increase your enjoyment, but not required. All ages able to walk this distance are welcome.
Attendees must pre-register online. Space is limited.