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American River Trail Bicycle Trip Sacramento to Folsom and Return
Friday April 3 Fri-Sat Apr 3-4
Leader: Cynthia Berg at 650-515-6493 or The paved American River Bike Trail begins near the Sacramento Amtrak Station at Fifth and I streets and meanders 23 miles along the river to the town of Folsom. The trail is fairly flat.

On Friday, April 3 we will start from the Santa Clara Great America Amtrak Station at 6:54 a.m putting our bicycles on the train. The train originates in San Jose and also stops in the East Bay so people getting on elsewhere can be accommodated. The train experience is quite wonderful travelling through the delta and the "town" of Drawbridge.

The plan is to overnight at the Larkspur Landing Hotel in Folsom and return via bike the following morning (8:30), returning on train #743 arriving in Santa Clara at approx. 6:30 pm. . Participants must make their own hotel reservations.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR BIKE IS IN RIDING CONDITION, that you are carrying spare tubes and pump and that you have the necessary riding experience and stamina. Advance reservations are necessary for this trip. Maximum of 10 participants. Details available from leader Cynthia Berg 650-515-6493, Forecast heavy rain may cancel.

Young Audubon Adventure: Spring Bird Banding with SFBBO
Saturday April 25 8:00 AM-10:00 AM (arrive at 7:50AM)
Location: Meets at McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas
Cost: $25/family (or $8/child, $10/adult)
Join us for Conservation Science in Action!

Come share in a very special opportunity to witness a live bird banding demonstration provided by experts from the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory. An invaluable tool for conservation, restoration and mitigation research, this bird banding activity will allow participants to view a wild bird up close and personal, as well as tour an area of active habitat restoration. This tour is for ages 7 and up and lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Due to the special access involved, participants will need to carpool/caravan into the research site. Prompt arrival at 7:50AM at the meeting location is required.

Space is limited, call (408) 252-3740 or use our Online Registration Form to sign up. Groups with children receive priority.

Scholarships are available for families in need. Please contact the SCVAS office at 408-252-3740 or for details.

Location: McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas, located one exit west of the 237/880 interchange. Meet at the [former] Borders Bookstore parking lot at the McCarthy Ranch. More specific directions will be sent to registered participants the week prior to the activity.


Volunteer Appreciation Bird Walk and Dinner
Thursday April 30 4:30 PM (bird walk); 6:30 PM (dinner)
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino
Meet at McClellan Ranch Preserve for a bird walk around McClelllan Ranch and Blackberry farm at 4:30 PM. Depending on the weather, we might also explore a bit farther afield too. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM at McClellan Ranch.

If you're able to attend, please respond by April 23rd to (408) 252-3740, or by using the Online Sign-up Form so we know how much food to order.

Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Birds and Spring
Saturday May 9 10:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Activities for this FREE, fun, family event include:

*Guided nature walks (buzz, tweet, chirp and whir down the trails...)

*Bird-themed geocaching hikes,

*Hands-on science stations,

*Live animal presentations,

*Conservation organization exhibitors,

*Arts and crafts,

*Food vendors, and more...

Check back soon for updated event details!

Advance reservation required for the "Early Bird Family Walk" only - but some activities require day-of sign up on-site, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Location and Directions: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve is located at the junction of Skyline Blvd and Page Mill Rd (in the unincorporated area between Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and La Honda). Click Here for maps and directions. Please note that this event takes place at the Equestrian Lot, NOT the Nature Center.


Summer Nature Adventures: Day Camp for Grades 2-6
Monday July 20 through Friday, July 24th. 9:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Various locations.
Cost: $270/child for SCVAS members; $295/child for non-members
Our SCVAS/MROSD summer camp is back - and bigger and better than ever!

Each camp day will be at a different location with a unique theme. Parents will be responsible for transportation to all locations (but see the note about Friday, July 24th):

Day 1 - "Nature Explorations!" We'll spend our day learning just what makes the natural areas so cool, including animal games, track explorations, a bug hunt, and more! Location: Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve in Cupertino.

Day 2 (Location TBC) - "Wetlands Wonders!" Come learn about some unique (and fascinating!) Shoreline history, explore the baylands, work through a scavenger hunt and more! We might even get to play some Victorian-era games. Location: Rengstorff House and Shoreline Lake in Mountain View.

Day 3 - "All About Birds!" Bird watching, bird walks, bird crafts, bird stories, and so much more. Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino.

Day 4 (Location TBC) - "Bugs and the Creek!" Come and learn what makes these creepy critters cool! Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino.

Day 5 - "Spaces and Species." Discover one of the area's hidden gems and learn what nature has to share. Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve on Hwy 35. Transportation (from McClellan Ranch Preserve) will be provided.

For children entering grades 2-6.

Can't attend the full week? Ask about our "Mini-Week" options (Mon-Wed or Wed-Fri).

Register by June 15th. To see the flyer Click Here.

Discounts given for families with 2 or more registered children. Scholarships may also be available for families in need, depending on funding. Please contact the SCVAS office at 408-252-3740 to inquire about scholarship availability. IMPORTANT: You must register for camp before submitting a scholarship application in order to ensure space and funding availability.

Ready to sign-up? Use our Online Registration Form and follow the directions on the form.

Details and directions for each session will be sent upon confirmed registration.



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