The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District ranger staff is offering the following programs during the month of March. There is a $7 per vehicle parking fee at either entrance to Sycamore Grove Park, and a $3 donation is requested to help support the programs unless other fees are specified. Ranger-led programs are usually one to two hours in length. If you have any questions about the following programs call the Ranger Office at (925) 960-2400.
Mid-Morning Meander: Saturday, March 2, 10:00 AM; Meet at the Arroyo Road Entrance for an easy-paced, general nature walk with Ranger Claire. We’ll make stops to look at interesting plants and keep our eyes open for any wildlife that may cross our path. Dogs are welcome. Ranger Claire Girling Sycamore Grove Park, Arroyo Road Entrance, (5049 Arroyo Road)
Spring Sunset: Saturday, March 9, 5:30 PM; Want to catch the last sunset before daylight saving time sets it back further into the evening? Come out to Sycamore Grove Park for a Saturday hike into the hills to enjoy the sunset and look for evening animals coming out as the park closes up. Hike will be approximately three miles. Cancelled if raining. Ranger Glen Florey Sycamore Grove Park, Wetmore Road Entrance, (1051 Wetmore Road)
St. Patrick’s Day Flowers: Sunday, March 17,1:00 PM; How many types of flowers can we find blooming on one hike? Help us find out! The full hike will be about five miles and take three hours. Participants are welcome to begin with us and head back early if they prefer a shorter hike. Cancelled if raining heavily; we will continue if it is sprinkling. Ranger Amy Wolitzer, Sycamore Grove Park, Wetmore Road Entrance, (1051 Wetmore Road)
Spring Birding: Wednesday, March 20, 10:00 AM; Come out for a stroll under the sycamores to hopefully spot pairs of Red-Shouldered Hawks or White-Tailed Kites perched together or soaring in tandem. We will also enjoy any other features and wildlife we come across, including springtime flowers! It will be a short hike with binoculars available to borrow. Please RSVP by calling (925) 96-2400. Ranger Eric Whiteside, Sycamore Grove Park, Nature Area Entrance, (Arroyo Rd., across from the golf course pond)
Nature Storytime – Sing for Spring: Saturday, March 23, 10:30 AM; Join Librarian Caitlyn Lung and Ranger Heather Day in singing and reading in celebration of spring. We'll look for signs of the season as we walk 1/2 mile (each way) to the Hobbit Tree on a paved path that is suitable for strollers. Sit in the shade of this immense tree (you may want to bring a blanket for your family to sit on), listen to stories about spring in nature, and sing songs! The first 20 families to call the library at (925) 373-5504 to RSVP will be able to claim a free parking pass when they arrive. All are welcome to attend, but those who don't RSVP will need to purchase a $7 day pass for their vehicle if they park in the parking lot. Cancelled if raining. Ranger Heather Day, Sycamore Grove Park, Wetmore Road Entrance Livermore Public Library, (1051 Wetmore Road)
Edible and Other Plants (A Plant for Everything): Sunday, March 24, 2:00 PM; A surprising variety of plants that grow in our area have been used for everything from food and medicine to weapons and games. Join us to learn about how plants were used in day past. We will enjoy a salad and some other edibles from items collected here in the park. Participants must RSVP by Tuesday March 19th at (925) 960-2400. Rangers Dawn Soles, Sycamore Grove Park, Reservable Picnic Area; Doug Sousa, (ask for directions when you RSVP)
Spring Creek Walk: Saturday, March 30, 10:00 AM; Evidence of spring is blooming all over the park, and a good place to experience the season is along the creek trail. Join us for a moderately-paced two-mile walk along the creek and back through the sycamores. We will keep an eye out for new young critters and anything else that might spring out at us. Canceled if raining, good for ages 5 and up. Please RSVP at (925) 960- 2400. Ranger Darren Segur, Sycamore Grove Park, Wetmore Road Entrance, (1051 Wetmore Road)