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Tule FunDays

Date(s): Third Sunday of the month, April thru Sept

Time(s): 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Cache Creek Nature Preserve (see map)

Sponsored by: YoloSol Collective, TGG Steering Committee & Cache Creek Conservancy

Cost: Free, Class size is limited. Please Register below.

We are excited to have YoloSol Collective bring Christina Almendariz to teach people about Tule at the Tending & Gathering Garden this summer and fall.

Hands on learning with Tlaka

The water grass, Tule, or Tlaka in Wintun, is fundamental to watershed health, to all kinds of wildlife, and is used to make baskets, housing, tools and even boats!

Christina Almendariz (Maidu/Wintun/Hupa/Yurok)

Christina will be teaching people

  • the importance of tule in our wetlands,
  • best gathering practices,
  • traditional uses of Tlaka,
  • care of environment and
  • how to make Tlaka/PahtPaht mats for the wetlands.
A CA Native woman, Christina Almendariz, kneeling on the grass working with basket weaving materials

When are the Workshops?

Workshops will be held on the 3rd Sunday of the month from April thru September, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • April 21, 2024 – Cordage
  • May 19, 2024 – Dolls
  • June 16, 2024 – Skirts
  • July 21, 2024 – Mats
  • August 18, 2024 – Baskets
  • September 15, 2024 – Boats with Special Hosts Diana Almendariz and Ooti Maxine

Class size is very limited and is being offered to youth groups and Native communities first.

Christina will be teaching us traditional knowledge that takes years of apprenticeship with the right teacher to master, so we ask that students not take videos or try to teach or change what you learn. Photos are okay so you can tell your friends and family how important this work is. Thank you!

How to prepare for the Workshops?

This time of year, you will need to check yourself for ticks. You might also want to wear a hat and/or sunglasses.

For the most comfort and safety, wear weather-appropriate clothing for the season, and comfortable, close-toed walking shoes.

Look for the sign-in table at north of the parking lot.


Class sizes are limited to 25 people.

YoloSol Collective is an arts and ecology collective dedicated to re-storying the web of life in the Yolo bioregion with granting funding from the California Creative Corps.

Posted on April 7th, 2024 by Cache Creek Conservancy

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