California's unique landscape---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. It 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 impacting what grows here. Finally, come to the present to learn about the working cattle ranch that continues to sustain and change this interconnected natural world.
Hike Distance: 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.
Other equipment: An inquiring mind combined with a small magnifying glass or botany loupe, binoculars and camera will increase your enjoyment, but are not required. Bring water and a snack and don’t forget the sunscreen.
The road to access Deer Creek Hills is not paved. 4WD, higher clearance vehicles are recommended, but not required.
All events are subject to weather conditions. If there is rain projected, event will likely be canceled. Registered guests will be notified by Thursday evenings and the event will be labeled as canceled on the website.
Smoking is prohibited on the preserve.
No dogs allowed, except working service dogs.
Please practice Leave No Trace Ethics; Pack It In - Pack It Out.
Please register for this outing below. SVC cannot guarantee the gates will be open, unless a reservation to attend is made in advance (minimum one week).
Additional questions please contact SVC staff at (916) 612-3719.