The Land Trust Alliance is pleased to offer 10 field trips that will take place on Wednesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 8th. Local land conservation groups have planned these field trips specifically for Rally 2015 registrants to highlight Sacramento and the surrounding area.
Field trips fill up quickly, so register early
- All field trip participants must be 16 years or older
- All full-day trips include transportation, lunch and equipment rental (such as kayaks) if applicable
- All trips will take place rain or shine, although they will be canceled or significantly altered if weather conditions pose a safety risk
- Field trips are non-refundable if canceled or altered due to weather conditions
Wednesday, October 7th
FT01: Middle Mountain: The Maidu People’s Gateway to Heaven
Hosted by Maidu Summit Consortium
7:00am – 6:30pm | $100
Join members of native-led Maidu Summit Consortium and travel with California Indian elders to Éstom Jamáni, or Middle Mountain, a place of great significance. A 1.5 mile hike brings us to the magnificent dale tucked away among volcanic cliffs that conceal it. Local native people will provide knowledge about the surrounding landscape and a perspective on historical and proposed use of the site. Finish the day with a California wine and cheese reception at Maidu Interpretive Center.
FT02: Canoeing the San Joaquin River Watershed – A two-day field trip
Hosted by San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust and the San Joaquin River Partnership
7:30am – 4:30pm (next day) | $245
Enjoy two days of canoeing San Joaquin River and a night of camping at Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies, while learning about collaborative efforts to establish a greenway between two communities. After dinner featuring local food and wine, there is the option for an owl hoot or bat scan hike. The next morning while exploring the river, learn about salmon restoration efforts of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. The trip concludes with lunch at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. Previous canoeing experience preferred, but not required.
FT03: Napa Valley Hike and Wine Tasting
Hosted by Land Trust of Napa County
8:00am – 6:00pm | $175
Enjoy sweeping views of Northern Napa County while hiking Dunn-Wildlake Ranch Preserve. This 3,030-acre ranch encompasses stunning rocky outcrops, pine and Douglas fir forests, oak woodland, and chaparral with four miles of ridgeline in the Howell Mountains. The hike will gain 1,000+ feet in elevation over existing ranch roads and hikers should be prepared for moderate fitness levels and variable weather. Wrap up the day with a private tasting on the terrace at Joseph Phelps Vineyards – a land trust conservation easement property.
FT04: A Tasting Tour of the Central Valley
Hosted by Central Valley Farmland Trust
8:30am – 5:00pm | $80
Come taste California’s locally grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts while sipping our world famous wines. As our tour winds us through the productive farmland of the Central Valley we will enjoy delicious local snacks harvested from the very farms we visit. Learn about conservation in California from landowners while you enjoy lunch provided at a winery along the way. Don’t miss this taste of California tour!
Thursday, October 8th
FT05: Paddling Wine Country – A Day on Sonoma’s Russian River
Hosted by LandPaths
7:00am – 5:00pm | $165
Paddle the beautiful Russian River through California’s wine country past oak, prairie and second-growth redwood stands. The group will paddle single kayaks and likely see various waterfowl and maybe spot migrating fall-run Chinook salmon! Stop for lunch along gravel bars and, if time allows, at a farm specializing in heirloom crops and grains. Landscape-scale conservation efforts will compliment this day of paddling on a lovely coastal valley California river. Previous flatwater kayaking experience helpful but not required.
FT06: Bikes, Bridges, and Beer: An Urban Open Space Tour
Hosted by Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
7:30am – 5:00pm | $145
Come explore protected urban open space in Sonoma County! After arriving at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve for a morning brunch, participants will hike to a vista point and observe the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed. Then enjoy a 10-mile bike ride from Prince Gateway Park along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail, crossing three District-funded bridges before reaching the final destination of Stone Farm. At the farm, a late lunch showcasing local food and Sonoma County beer and wine will conclude the trip.
FT07: The Pacific Flyway and Agriculture: They Can Coexist
Hosted by The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management
8:00am – 5:00pm | $100
Prepare for a full day of bird watching as we visit Cosumnes River Preserve, maybe even catch sight of a sandhill crane! Learn how this unique area was created through a collaboration to protect the Pacific Flyway as we hike and stroll along the boardwalk and the Preserve’s organic rice farm with a wildlife biologist for bird identification. A local lunch will be followed by a visit to a restoration project, and the trip concludes with wine and cheese at a nearby winery.
FT08: Explore the Sierra Foothills Mining History and Today’s Restoration Efforts
Hosted by Bear Yuba Land Trust
8:30am – 5:00pm | $75
Explore Blue Point Mine and Black Swan Preserve, both historic hydraulic gold mining sites. Check out an old sluicing tunnel and see where a pair of peregrine falcons have been nesting in the cliffs, followed by a 1.5- mile hike to enjoy lunch at the Black Swan Pond –habitat to Western Pond Turtles and numerous waterfowl. Finish the afternoon with another short half-mile hike to view the ancient Native American people’s Sacred Salmon pools. Don’t miss this chance to learn about California’s gold mining history, geologic anomalies, Native American practices, and current restoration projects! This is a moderate hike of approximately 3 miles.
FT09: Ridges to Ranches: Partnerships for Conservation in the Bay Area
Hosted by Solano Land Trust and the Bay Area Open Space Council
9:00am – 5:00pm | $75
Begin the day with a 3 ½ mile hike on Bay Area Ridge Trail at Lynch Canyon Open Space while learning about conservation in the region, including how the long distance trail is being pieced together to extend a 550 mile loop! Next stop is Rush Ranch for a local lunch, followed by a walk to Suisun Marsh, the largest intact estuary in the contiguous United States. Finally, we stop at Ruhstaller Brewery for a beer tasting and to learn about their commitment to local hops.
FT10: American River Peddle
Hosted by Sacramento Valley Conservancy
9:30am – 4:30pm | $70
Begin with a short walk through Sacramento’s famous Old Town to pick up the bicycles (enjoying a quick history lesson along the way), then pedal 4 miles along the beautiful Jedidiah Smith trail to Camp Pollock for a relaxing BBQ lunch, guided tour of the property and introduction to Sacramento Valley Conservancy. After lunch, guests have the option of a 10 mile bike ride upriver to the Guy West Bridge (a working scale model of the Golden Gate Bridge) or relaxing and enjoying the American River.