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WildCare Family Adventures

Enjoy a day of discovery and learning out in nature with the family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun family outings with the objective of deepening our commitment to taking care of our planet.

To achieve this, WildCare’s Family Adventures groups will be visiting some sites that work to preserve wildlife and our natural environment. Whenever possible, family nature hikes will be incorporated into each adventure to enjoy the local flora and fauna. 

These programs are in English and Spanish, and free to the public. There is limited space for each program!
YOU MUST RSVP IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE!! Contact Marco (415) 453 1000 ext. 17 or marco@wildcarebayarea.org to RSVP for more information or to reserve space on our free shuttle service from the Canal area of San Rafael.

WildCare strongly encourages carpooling.

WildCare Aventuras Familiares-- Pulse aquí para obtener información en español

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Pioneer Tree. Photo by John O'Keefe
Photos by John O'Keefe
Pioneer tree trail. Photo by John O'Keefe

Explore the Pioneer Tree Trail in Samuel P. Taylor Park

Saturday, September 19, 2015  10am-1pm

A dense combination of Bay Laurel, Douglas Fir, and Tanoak trees provide an excellent shady trail in Samuel P. Taylor’s State Park on hot days. We will start at the Redwood Grove. 

It is evident that some of these redwoods were spared the ax even though they were near a major logging operation. We will take the trail to Pioneer Tree, a great example of ‘Family Circles” root sharing in redwood trees.  

Aside from the diversity of flora, this area is habitat to Gray Foxes, Northern Spotted Owls, Stellar’s Jays, Acorn Woodpeckers, and more. Join us for a fabulous made-in-the-shade hike in one of Marin’s most beautiful parks.

There is an $8 parking fee per vehicle. RSVP required (click to RSVP) whether you use our shuttle van service or meet us there.

Getting There:  Address is 8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Lagunitas- from Hwy 101 at Greenbrae, go west on Sir Francis Drake for about 15 miles. Enter Camp Taylor on your left, go past the kiosk ($8 parking fee).  We will meet in the day use area parking lot near the furthest bathrooms before the camping entrance.   

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Olompali. Photo by J.V. Littell
Photos by J.V. Littell
Olompali. Photo by J.V. Littell

Family Adventures Visits Olompali State Historic Park

Saturday, October 17, 2015 10-12:30

Olompali State Historic Park is an interpretive and educational site with great hiking. The name "olompali" comes from the Miwok language and may be translated as "southern village" or "southern people." The Coast Miwok inhabited at least one site within the area of the present-day park continuously from as early as 6,000 BC, until the early 1850s. 

The park has recreated some Miwok structures. Olompali contains "kitchen rock," a large boulder used as a mortar in which early people ground acorns and seeds into a fine flour for food preparation. Many women would gather near such grinding rocks to prepare food and socialize. 

We will start with a short flat walk to Miwok Village, and then hike the Loop Trail, which winds through oak habitat, California bay, buckeye, and lots of lovely madrones.

There is an $8 parking fee per vehicle. RSVP required whether you use our shuttle van service or meet us there. (Click to RSVP)

Getting There: The park is accessible from both the Northbound and Southbound lanes of Highway 101. Exit at Atherton Blvd. in Novato- follow posted directional signs to the park.

Programs offered in collaboration with the Canal Alliance, San Rafael, CA. Visit them online at www.canalalliance.org.


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