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Deer Creek Hills Preserve

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

January 2020

REI Map & Compass Navigation

January 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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compass on top of a map

Join our friends at REI Outdoor School to learn backcountry navigation with a map and compass at Deer Creek Hills. During this field outing, their instructors will help you understand the information provided on your map, the proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You'll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination). After covering these fundamentals, you'll get time to practice taking a bearing from the terrain and your map so that…

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REI Full Moon Hike

January 10 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
oak trees under a full moon

Come join an REI Outdoor School Instructor for a guided night hike at one of the area's best hiking venues! Night hiking is a unique experience that everyone should experience. The sparkling stars and dark woods are a perfect complement to each other. Some hiking experience is recommended for this activity. Allow us to make sure you have the most enjoyable and educational outing possible! Learn about local venues that are particularly suited to night hiking Learn tips and techniques…

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February 2020

Self-Guided Hikes

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until May 30, 2020

Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
people walking a meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Open Saturdays are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed. Open Saturdays are FREE, but please register online to help us plan the day and coordinate parking. Donations are vital to maintaining and Preserve and offering public outings. Consider donating online or leaving a few bucks in the donation jar at the registration table. There are 3 trail options: North Pond Loop -- approximately 3 miles, mostly shaded.…

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History Hike – Gold Rush

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
drawing of men on horseback

Step back into 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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Self-Guided Hikes

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until May 30, 2020

Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
people walking a meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Open Saturdays are for YOU! Explore the three marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed. Open Saturdays are FREE, but please register online to help us plan the day and coordinate parking. Donations are vital to maintaining and Preserve and offering public outings. Consider donating online or leaving a few bucks in the donation jar at the registration table. There are 3 trail options: North Pond Loop -- approximately 3 miles, mostly…

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REI Map & Compass Navigation

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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compass on top of a map

Join our friends at REI Outdoor School to learn backcountry navigation with a map and compass at Deer Creek Hills. During this field outing, their instructors will help you understand the information provided on your map, the proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You’ll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination). After covering these fundamentals, you’ll get time to practice taking a bearing from the terrain and your map so that…

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Equestrian Ride

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
people riding horses in a field

Buddy up with your own horse to take a docent-led equestrian adventure, traveling over the lush rolling hills, maneuver outcrops of rocks along the trail's edge. Take in the green grasses and flowing creeks of this pristine protected landscape. BYO horse and gear, including a muck bucket. Groups travel at a walk and are usually from 10-15 in size. Horses and riders should be accustomed to riding in groups and in open fields. SVC's goal is a safe and enjoyable…

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REI Full Moon Hike

February 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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oak trees under a full moon

Come join an REI Outdoor School Instructor for a guided night hike at one of the area’s best hiking venues! Night hiking is a unique experience that everyone should experience. The sparkling stars and dark woods are a perfect complement to each other. Some hiking experience is recommended for this activity. Allow us to make sure you have the most enjoyable and educational outing possible! Learn about local venues that are particularly suited to night hiking Learn tips and techniques…

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Self-Guided Hikes

February 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until May 30, 2020

Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
people walking a meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Open Saturdays are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed. Open Saturdays are FREE, but please register online to help us plan the day and coordinate parking. Donations are vital to maintaining and Preserve and offering public outings. Consider donating online or leaving a few bucks in the donation jar at the registration table. There are 3 trail options: North Pond Loop -- approximately 3 miles, mostly shaded.…

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Self-Guided Hikes

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until May 30, 2020

Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
people walking a meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Open Saturdays are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed. Open Saturdays are FREE, but please register online to help us plan the day and coordinate parking. Donations are vital to maintaining and Preserve and offering public outings. Consider donating online or leaving a few bucks in the donation jar at the registration table. There are 3 trail options: North Pond Loop -- approximately 3 miles, mostly shaded.…

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Woodland Yoga Hike

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
people sitting on yoga mats in a meadow

“Into the woods I go, to lose my mind and find my soul…”  John Muir Please join us on a gentle journey hike focused on “forest bathing” in the blue oak woodlands and grasslands of enchanting Deer Creek Hills Preserve.  We will be quietly exploring Nature and forest bathing through mindfulness, yoga, and meditation by inviting participants in group/solo activities and observations during the hike.    The hike will be about 2 to 3 miles long and take around 4 to…

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Equestrian Ride

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
people riding horses in a field

Buddy up with your own horse to take a docent-led equestrian adventure, traveling over the lush rolling hills, maneuver outcrops of rocks along the trail’s edge. Take in the green grasses and flowing creeks of this pristine protected landscape. BYO horse and gear, including a muck bucket. Groups travel at a walk and are usually from 10-15 in size. Horses and riders should be accustomed to riding in groups and in open fields. SVC’s goal is a safe and enjoyable…

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Upland Birding

February 29 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
horned lark

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 Northern Harriers. Falcons are represented by the year-round American Kestrel and…

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Self-Guided Hikes

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until May 30, 2020

Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
+ Google Map
Free
people walking a meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Open Saturdays are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed. Open Saturdays are FREE, but please register online to help us plan the day and coordinate parking. Donations are vital to maintaining and Preserve and offering public outings. Consider donating online or leaving a few bucks in the donation jar at the registration table. There are 3 trail options: North Pond Loop -- approximately 3 miles, mostly shaded.…

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March 2020

Self-Guided Hikes

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until May 30, 2020

Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
+ Google Map
Free
people walking a meadow

Hike, stroll, meander or run. Open Saturdays are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed. Open Saturdays are FREE, but please register online to help us plan the day and coordinate parking. Donations are vital to maintaining and Preserve and offering public outings. Consider donating online or leaving a few bucks in the donation jar at the registration table. There are 3 trail options: North Pond Loop -- approximately 3 miles, mostly shaded.…

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REI Wilderness Survival

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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starting a fire

REI Outdoor School hosts "Wilderness Survival: 10 Essentials" at Deer Creek Hills Preserve. Do you know what to do if something goes awry on your next outdoor excursion? During this class you will learn practical tips and strategies that every outdoor traveler should know. We'll cover the 10 essentials and their practical applications. You'll also learn about emergency priorities, how to make an emergency shelter, how to locate and access drinking water, and how to start a fire. This class…

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Moonrise Equestrian Ride

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
woman on horseback at sunset

Coyotes howling, owls hooting, deer quietly creeping on the hill's crest, and trails lit by the fullness of the moon. What more could you want on a Saturday evening?! Buddy up with your own horse to take a docent-led equestrian adventure, experiencing Deer Creek Hills in the evening as the moon rises. Groups travel at a walk and are usually from 10-15 in size. Horses and riders should be accustomed to riding in groups and in open fields. SVC's goal is…

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REI Women’s Backcountry Navigation

March 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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compass on top of a map

Women's Backcountry Map and Compass Navigation. During this field outing, REI Outdoor School instructors will help you understand the information provided on your map, the proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You'll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination). After covering these fundamentals, you'll get time to practice taking a bearing from the terrain and your map so that you can make sense of your position and plan a route. This…

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REI Full Moon Hike

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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oak trees under a full moon

Come join an REI Outdoor School Instructor for a guided night hike at one of the area’s best hiking venues! Night hiking is a unique experience that everyone should experience. The sparkling stars and dark woods are a perfect complement to each other. Some hiking experience is recommended for this activity. Allow us to make sure you have the most enjoyable and educational outing possible! Learn about local venues that are particularly suited to night hiking Learn tips and techniques…

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RAINED OUT Self-Guided Hikes

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
people walking a meadow

Canceled due to rain. Please join us for a hike on the next clear Saturday. Hike, stroll, meander or run. Open Saturdays are for YOU! Explore the marked trails of Deer Creek Hills Preserve at your own speed. Open Saturdays are FREE, but please register online to help us plan the day and coordinate parking. Donations are vital to maintaining and Preserve and offering public outings. Consider donating online or leaving a few bucks in the donation jar at the…

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CANCELED History Hike – Pioneers and Settlers

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
drawing of settlers in the mountains

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. Real life Solomon Miser will take…

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POSTPONED Spring Service Day

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free

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. Help STOP invasive species! Join SVC’s…

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CANCELED Woodland Yoga

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
yoga 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 well-being, as such, we have chosen to allow self-guided hiking. If you have any respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, fever) please stay home. “Into the woods I go, to…

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CANCELED Equestrian Ride

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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people riding horses in a field

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. Buddy up with your own horse…

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Self-Guided Hikes – SOLD OUT

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00
people walking a meadow

SOLD OUT - Wow, that was fast! Our staff is discussing possibly adding additional March dates to the calendar for people to hike Deer Creek Hills. Please check the events calendar this afternoon, follow us on Facebook or sign up for email updates. Following CDC guidelines, we are limiting group activities on the Preserve. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed access on Saturday. Pre-registration with a non-refundable* $10 per person charge, and completing a liability waiver before arriving…

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CANCELED Natural History Hike

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free
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?…

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Self-Guided Hikes

March 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00
people walking a meadow

JUST ADDED! Following CDC guidelines, we are limiting group activities on the Preserve. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed access on Sunday. Pre-registration with a non-refundable $10 per person charge, and completing a liability waiver before arriving are mandatory to participate. We believe time spent outdoors is essential for people’s health and well-being. With careful planning and visitor cooperation, we can mitigate risks to still allow a small number of visitors to access Deer Creek Hills for self-guided…

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Self-Guided Hikes – NEW

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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$5.00 – $10.00
people walking a meadow

COVID-19 Exposure and Illness Prevention Following CDC guidelines, we are limiting group activities on the Preserve. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed access per day. Pre-registration with a non-refundable $10 per person charge, and completing a liability waiver before arriving are mandatory to participate. We believe time spent outdoors is essential for people’s health and well-being. With careful planning and visitor cooperation, we can mitigate risks to still allow a small number of visitors to access Deer Creek…

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CANCELED South Pond Birding

March 28 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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ruby crowned kinglet

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. South Pond and Blue Oaks Join…

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Self-Guided Hikes – SOLD OUT

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00
people walking a meadow

COVID-19 EXPOSURE AND ILLNESS PREVENTION Following CDC guidelines, we are limiting group activities on the Preserve. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed access per day. Pre-registration with a non-refundable $10 per person charge, and completing a liability waiver before arriving are mandatory to participate. We believe time spent outdoors is essential for people’s health and well-being. With careful planning and visitor cooperation, we can mitigate risks to still allow a small number of visitors to access Deer Creek Hills for…

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CANCELED Woodland Yoga Hike

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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people sitting on yoga mats 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 wellbeing, as such, we have chosen to allow self-guided hiking. If you have any respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, fever) please stay home. “Into the woods I go, to…

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April 2020

Self-Guided Hikes RAINED OUT

April 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deer Creek Hills Preserve, Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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Free – $10.00
people walking a meadow

RAINED OUT With the forecast showing a good chance of rain, we have cancelled this outing and Deer Creek Hills will be CLOSED this weekend. If you had registered for this outing, please check your email for information about how to transfer your tickets to a future hike. Contact info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org for assistance. COVID-19 EXPOSURE AND ILLNESS PREVENTION Following CDC guidelines, we are limiting group activities on the Preserve. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed access per day. Pre-registration…

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