Guided Nature Walks April 2023
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Date(s): Sundays, April 16, 23, and 30
Time(s): 10:00 AM
Location: Cache Creek Nature Preserve (see map)
Sponsored by: Cache Creek Conservancy
Enjoy the benefits of walking and being outdoors during a tour featuring major points of interest at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. The tours are approximately one hour. They are designed to acquaint people with the history and features of the Cache Creek Conservancy and Nature Preserve.
Get to know more about this unique landscape and its history, from prehistoric times to today. You’ll learn how the site of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve played its part in the great story of California. Docents will share stories about prehistoric animals, the Patwin and their continuing presence at the preserve, and how the nature preserve offers meaning and hope for the future.
You can register below.
How to Prepare
The trails are unimproved, so some terrain is uneven but mostly level, although there are three slopes and a set of stairs to climb.
Walkers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen or hats, and to bring their own water to drink. Weather is anticipated to be mild, but may be cool, so please dress appropriately.
Gathering point is the large map in front of the Visitor Center, north of the parking lot.
The tour was developed by Cache Creek Conservancy volunteer docent Elize Van Zandt.
Elize Van Zandt recently moved to Woodland after 30 years as a desert dweller. She is a retired National Park Service naturalist/interpreter, and her final and favorite position was at Joshua Tree National Park, where she spent 12 years leading walks and learning and writing about the natural world of the desert.
After moving to Woodland, Elize discovered Cache Creek Nature Preserve, and began volunteering there. She believes that this move has revitalized her, as now she has a whole new set of plants and animals and ecosystems to learn about, both at Cache Creek and on hikes in the surrounding mountains. When Elize is not wandering around outdoors, she likes to read and write about the natural world.
Please Note: the April 30th Tour has been sold out! There’s still room to register for this Sunday’s tour, the 23rd.
The Cache Creek Conservancy is a non-profit organization focused on protecting, preserving, and enhancing the lower Cache Creek watershed. The Conservancy partners with Yolo County, regional aggregate companies and others to restore the creek and nature preserve because healthier environments means healthier communities.