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Deer Creek Hills Preserve

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Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
916-612-3719

February 2023

Self-Guided Hikes

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 78 tickets left
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Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Gold Rush History

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 2 tickets left
drawing of men on horseback

Step back in time and join us for the Deer Creek Gold Rush. Lead docent David Scharlach will guide us on a hike 3-miles long and a century and a half back in time as he retells the story of the search for gold at Deer Creek. In 1849, it is said that a gold nugget the size of your fist was found nearby on the Cosumnes River at Cooks Bar. By 1850, the town that sprang up there boasted…

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Equestrian Ride

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00
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Buddy up with your horse and take a docent-led equestrian adventure, traveling over the rolling hills, and maneuvering past outcrops of rocks along the trail’s edge. Take in the seemingly endless grassland and tree-studded horizons of this pristine protected landscape. BYO horse and gear, including a muck bucket and water for your horse after the ride. Groups travel at a walk and are usually from 8-10 in size. Horses and riders should be accustomed to riding in groups and in…

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Self-Guided Hikes

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 97 tickets left
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Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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SOLD OUT Mushroom Meander

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 -1 tickets left

What grows at Deer Creek Hills Preserve? This month's docent-guided natural history hike (second Saturday of every month, Feb-May) will be a 2-3 mile Mushroom Meander. Join our docents who will share what they have discovered in the way of macrofungi this past week. This will be a slow moving stroll through the blue, live and valley oaks on the property. A short informational handout will be provided. A camera and hand lens will be helpful in this exploration. As…

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Docent Equestrian Safety Training

February 11 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
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Current SVC equestrian docents will gather at Deer Creek Hills to review emergency response protocols, practice hands-on emergency scenarios and gain valuable information on how to ensure group safety during an emergency. There will be a 30 minute review of protocols and orientation to docent resource binder followed by a short hike to the training location near the Oxbow pond. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the corral. Docent and nurse Sue Fossum will be leading the human safety scenarios and Docent and Veterinarian…

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Upland Birding

February 18 @ 7:45 am - 12:30 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 8 tickets left
Thomas and Lisa birding at Deer Creek Hills

Docents welcome all ages of new and experienced birders alike, who are ready to tackle this 3-4 mile off-trail walk through open grasslands that overlie the Gopher Ridge (metavolcanic) Formation. Open grassland habitat in the Sacramento area continues to disappear making this local resource ever more important. These are hunting grounds for winter resident raptors such as Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks and year-round residents such as Red-tailed Hawks and burrowing Owls. Falcons are represented by the year-round American Kestrel and…

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Self-Guided Hikes

February 18 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 90 tickets left
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Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Equestrian Ride

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00
people riding horses in a field

Buddy up with your horse and take a docent-led equestrian adventure, traveling over the rolling hills, and maneuvering past outcrops of rocks along the trail’s edge. Take in the seemingly endless grassland and tree-studded horizons of this pristine protected landscape. BYO horse and gear, including a muck bucket and water for your horse after the ride. Groups travel at a walk and are usually from 8-10 in size. Horses and riders should be accustomed to riding in groups and in…

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Self-Guided Hikes

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free 100 tickets left
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Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Woodland Mindfulness

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 9 tickets left
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"We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to Nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves..." ~Andy Goldsworthy, Artist Please join SVC Docents on a guided, gentle "mindfulness" hike among the Blue Oak Woodland. We will explore Nature while doing some gentle stretching and yoga (no previous yoga experience required), breathing, Nature observation/discussion, and mindfulness exercises. The walk will be about 1-2 casual miles…

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March 2023

Self-Guided Hikes

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 100 tickets left
people hiking in meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Pioneers History Hike

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 3 tickets left
drawing of settlers in the mountains

Real life Solomon Miser will take you from his homestead into the hills of Deer Creek to reminisce about coming to California before the gold rush, the wagon train he led West and his neighbors and early settlers like Jared Sheldon, Bill Daylor and William Hartnell. Join Deer Creek Hills historian David Scharlach as he tells of the amazing first owners of Deer Creek Hills including a cowboy Casanova, a drunken scoundrel and murderer, the intrepid teenage daughter (and survivor)…

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Equestrian Ride

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00
people riding horses in a field

Buddy up with your horse and take a docent-led equestrian adventure, traveling over the rolling hills, and maneuvering past outcrops of rocks along the trail’s edge. Take in the seemingly endless grassland and tree-studded horizons of this pristine protected landscape. BYO horse and gear, including a muck bucket and water for your horse after the ride. Groups travel at a walk and are usually from 8-10 in size. Horses and riders should be accustomed to riding in groups and in…

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Self-Guided Hikes

March 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 98 tickets left
people hiking in meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Guided Blue Oak Woodland

March 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 15 tickets left

How A Blue Oak Woodland Grows in Drought. The increasingly drier and hotter climate in the Sacramento Valley is rapidly changing the Deer Creek landscape. Blue oaks have evolved over millennia to respond to drought in some unique ways. Learn about the survival strategies of California’s blue oaks which grow nowhere else. We will wander under the trees to examine the microcosm of life they support and the mechanisms they use to stay alive under changing climate conditions. Wildflowers have…

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South Pond Birding

March 18 @ 6:45 am - 12:30 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 15 tickets left

Join experienced docents for a venture to the southern part of Deer Creek Hills, Sacramento’s largest open space preserve. The lovely South Pond is home to Wilson’s Snipe, Sora and vocal (and many times visible) Virginia Rail. Up to 31 Snipe have been observed at one time sunning themselves along the pond’s edge. Loggerhead Shrike are occasional visitors here as well. We will make a nice transect through the old growth blue oak woodland looking for winter and year-round resident…

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Self-Guided Hikes

March 18 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 98 tickets left
people hiking in meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Equestrian Ride

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00
people riding horses in a field

Buddy up with your horse and take a docent-led equestrian adventure, traveling over the rolling hills, and maneuvering past outcrops of rocks along the trail’s edge. Take in the seemingly endless grassland and tree-studded horizons of this pristine protected landscape. BYO horse and gear, including a muck bucket and water for your horse after the ride. Groups travel at a walk and are usually from 8-10 in size. Horses and riders should be accustomed to riding in groups and in…

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Self-Guided Hikes

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 100 tickets left
people hiking in meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Woodland Mindfulness

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 11 tickets left
people sitting on yoga mats in a meadow

"We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to Nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves..." ~Andy Goldsworthy, Artist Please join SVC Docents on a guided, gentle "mindfulness" hike among the Blue Oak Woodland. We will explore Nature while doing some gentle stretching and yoga (no previous yoga experience required), breathing, Nature observation/discussion, and mindfulness exercises. The walk will be about 1-2 casual miles…

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April 2023

Self-Guided Hikes

April 1 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 100 tickets left
people hiking in meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Self-Guided Hikes

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 100 tickets left
people hiking in meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Self-Guided Hikes

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 100 tickets left
people hiking in meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Self-Guided Hikes

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 200 tickets left
people hiking in meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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Self-Guided Hikes

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Nature Preserve
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00 100 tickets left
people hiking in meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Self-guided hikes are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed Saturdays February through May and October through November. Visitors MUST: Pre-register and pay before 6pm on Friday and Complete a liability waiver before arriving. 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. If the fee is a burden please request a…

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