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CNPS Private Hike

March 25 @ 9:45 am - 3:00 pm

Free
purple lupine field at sunset

A private hiking tour for our friends at the El Dorado Chapter of CNPS. Join EDC CNPS field trip leader Ginna Meyer and SVC Docents Lisa Couper and Sarah O’Gara, for a plant walk at the Deer Creek Hills Preserve. On this field trip, attendees will visit one of the areas not accessible to the general public. Your visit will take you into a swath of California’s “bathtub ring,” the blue oak woodland that encircles the Great Central Valley. The final route will be selected after a scouting trip to determine the most interesting area the week of the trip.

The current plant list for the preserve will be provided electronically. There are only 15 spots available for this hike. A higher clearance vehicle is strongly recommended to access the more remote area of the preserve. In addition to the EDC CNPS waiver you will need a signed SVC waiver and show proof of COVID vaccination. Meet at Eagle Camp Corral for check in, and then we will drive to the actual hike-start at 10am and return to the corral before 3pm. Please wear sturdy shoes and plan on an uneven walking surface and a lovely day of off-trail botanizing.

VISITORS MUST:

  1. Pre-register before 6pm on Thursday and
  2. Complete a liability waiver before arriving  and
  3. Bring photo ID and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID 19

Donations are vital to maintaining the Preserve and offering public outings. Consider donating online or leaving a few bucks in the donation jar at the registration table.

We have put procedures and policies in place for the safety of the public, volunteers, and staff during the Coronavirus pandemic. We are only able to offer public hikes/rides and activities if all the following protocols are observed. Thank you for your cooperation.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU REGISTER:

  • Registration closes at 6pm the evening prior or once all spaces have been filled.
  • The road to access Deer Creek Hills is not paved and requires crossing Crevis Creek. 4WD and higher clearance vehicles are recommended, especially in the spring when there is water in Crevis Creek, but are not required. Visitors who do not want to drive through the creek crossing may choose to park along the shoulder of Latrobe Road, cross on foot, and walk the remaining mile to the trailhead at Eagle Camp Corral. All properties before the creek crossing are private property. Please respect our neighbors. Do not cross gates or climb fences.
  • All events are subject to weather conditions. Projected rain, high creek levels, or extremely muddy conditions on the Preserve may cancel the outing. We will do our best to notify registered guests the evening prior via email. In the case of inclement weather please check our online calendar for cancellation postings before you travel to the preserve.
  • There is no running water on site. Arrive hydrated and bring plenty of drinking water. Porta-potties are available at the trailhead and serviced every Friday. Bring your own hand sanitizer. Leave No Trace Ethics; Pack It In – Pack It Out.

BEFORE YOU ATTEND:

  • Review the information on your confirmation email advising you of what to bring and how to prepare. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. Wearing layers is recommended, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a cell phone, snacks and plenty of water.
  • If you have had any flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms, fever, or cough in the past 24 hours, or think you have been exposed to someone with the virus, please stay home and join us another time.
  • Before leaving your home, take your temperature (must be less than 100.4º), and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Print and fill out this Liability Waiver and bring it with you. It is recommended that your emergency contact not be someone who is attending with you, just in case you are both injured.
  • Bring a photo ID and printed proof of vaccination status or have it ready on your cell phone.

WHAT TO LEAVE HOME:

  • Mud and Dirt! Please clean boots, gear and all tires before coming to the preserve. Managing invasive species costs us thousands each year. Clean gear helps keep the preserve open for recreation.
  • Animals. No dogs or pets allowed on the preserve, except working service dogs (please let us know when you register online)
  • Drones or other remote-controlled gadgets
  • Hunting and fishing gear
  • Shovels or mining gear (unless tools were specifically requested for a volunteer project you signed up for)
  • Dirt bikes and ATVs
  • Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, lighters and matches. Smoking is strictly prohibited and fire is a major concern on the Preserve.

WHEN YOU CHECK IN:

  • Have your completed Liability Waiver Form and proof of vaccination status ready.
  • All of our docents and staff wear face coverings when within 6 feet of others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space when checking in.
  • Utilize our Boot Brush station to help prevent the introduction of invasive species.
  • While on the trail, maintain at least a 6-foot distance from anyone not in your immediate household. Trails are marked. For your safety and to respect the Preserve, please do not venture off the marked trails or separate from the guided group. Let one of our docents know if you need to stop and rest.

HOW TO PROVE YOU’RE FULLY VACCINATED: 

Show a valid photo ID and one of the following:

  •     Your CDC vaccination card. You can show the original, a copy, or a picture of it.
  •     Documentation from your healthcare provider.
  •     Your COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California. Access your State of California vaccine record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov

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Details

Date:
March 25
Time:
9:45 am - 3:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Venue

Deer Creek Hills Preserve
Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Phone:
916-612-3719