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CANCELED Natural History Hike

March 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

trail sign in a meadow

Consistent with the CA Department of Public Health’s recommendation to cancel all non-essential gatherings for the month of March, SVC has made the very difficult decision to cancel all docent guided outings through the end of the month.

We believe that time spent outdoors is an essential for people’s health and welbeing, as such, we have chosen to allow self-guided hiking. If you have any respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, fever) please stay home.

What Grows at Deer Creek Hills?

Explore 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.

Clothing: 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.

We request that you heed the CDC’s guidelines for COVID-19 exposure and illness prevention.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. If you have any symptoms, think you have been exposed to someone with the virus or aren’t sure, please stay home.

Please choose to visit when you are well. The preserve has been protected in perpetuity.


March 21, 2020
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Deer Creek Hills Preserve
Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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