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Young Audubon Adventure: Spring Bird Banding with SFBBO
Saturday April 19 8:30 AM-10:30 AM (arrive at 8:20AM)
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 8:20AM at the meeting location is required.

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

Scholarships are available for families in need. Click Here for details and an application.

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.

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Volunteer Appreciation Bird Walk and Dinner
Thursday May 1 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 28th to (408) 252-3740, programs@scvas.org 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 10 10:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Join SCVAS and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for a day of family fun and discovery focused on birds. Play all day or just stay for awhile.

What does this FREE event offer?

- Enjoy "Amazing Bird Chases" (bird walks) designed to engage beginning bird watchers and advanced folks alike.

- Learn to geocache and explore the trails in search of bird-themed caches with the help of a GPS device and knowledgeable volunteers.

- Special visits from the live birds of Mickaboo and MickaCoo rescue organizations.

- Other activities will include hands-on science stations, arts and crafts, displays, and more.

- Hike on your own around Horseshoe Lake.

*Algunas actividades tendran traducciones en Espanol*.

No advance registration is required, though some activities will require signing up on-site, on a first-come-first-served basis. Pack a "no garbage lunch" and have a picnic (drinking water will be available). Parking for this event is free.

For full event details, including the activities schedule, please go to the WingDing Event Flyer or contact the SCVAS office at programs@scvas.org or 408-252-3740.

Please note: the activities schedule is subject to change. For the most recent/updated schedule, please Click Here.

HEAVY RAIN CANCELS.

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, or go to the Event Flyer (above).

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Summer Nature Days: Day Camps for Grades 2-6
Monday July 21 through Friday, July 25th. 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 as we welcome Shoreline at Mountain View into our partnership!

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 25th):

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 - "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 - "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. Review scholarship information and application by clicking Here.

Ready to sign-up? Use our new 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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