Beginning in June, most weekend programs offered by the LARPD rangers will be fee-based. For years, the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District has offered free weekend nature programs for park visitors. Even as neighboring park agencies moved to a fee-based reservation system for public programs, the district continued to offer these programs free of charge. However, with the rising costs of operating LARPD’s open space parks, the decision was made to charge a nominal fee for weekend programs.

People are encouraged to sign up for these programs on the LARPD website or call (925) 373-5700 to register. Visitors can also drop-in to a program and pay there, but by registering in advance, you can help ensure that the program you wish to attend will be held. Programs are subject to cancellation if there are not enough people pre-registered.

Summer Stargazing

Saturday, June 8, 8:00 PM: Join Ranger Glen to look through a telescope and hear stories about the constellations! We will walk into the park as the sun sets, enjoying the crescent moon as it follows the sun below the western horizon. We’ll stop at our telescope to enjoy a closer view of some celestial objects. The walk will be approximately two miles round-trip on paved and unpaved trails. Meet at the Wetmore Road Entrance (1051 Wetmore Road)

Class #7150.201 (adult), Fee: $10

Class #7150.202 (child under 18) Fee: $1

Children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Beat the Heat Hike

Saturday, June 15, 8:00 AM: Wildlife doesn’t like the heat any more than we do, so join Ranger Darren to get an early start. We’ll walk one to two miles through the Nature Area and look for wildlife along the way. Bring water and a camera if you like. Meet at the Arroyo Road Entrance (5049 Arroyo Road)

Class # 7152.201, (adult) Fee: $5

Class # 7152.202, (child under 18) Fee: $1

Children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Howl at the Moon Hike

Sunday, June 16, 7:00 PM: Join Ranger Amy for a hike where we will howl at the rising (almost) full moon! We’ll go about five miles round-trip and return after dark. Kids age 8 and up are welcome. Meet at the Wetmore Road Entrance (1051 Wetmore Road).

Class # 7001, (adult) Fee: $10

Class # 7002, (child under 18) Fee: $1

Children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Snakes

Sunday, June 23, 2:00 PM: Snakes are under-appreciated for the role they play in nature. Join Ranger Dawn to learn about these slithering (but not slimy!) critters. There will be live specimens for us to see and enjoy.

Meet at the Arroyo Road Entrance (5049 Arroyo Road).

Class # 7003, (adult) Fee: $5

Class # 7004, (child under 18) Fee: $1

Children must be accompanied by a paid adult.