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October 31st: Halloween Night Party and Benefit for the MTC
Join us for a Spooky Time Tunnel into the 19th Century! Enjoy entertainment by Tynowyn playing the medieval harp, Margo Meredith; The Buffalo Gal, Riparia - a geo-folk band with Stephen Hein & Kristen Hein Strohm, poetry reading by Maxima Kahn, live 'art in public' painting by Riley Marr, and many other spooky delights. At the St. Joseph's Cultural Center, 410 Church Street, Grass Valley. 6-9 pm, costumes encouraged! Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $1 for kids.
August 4th: Yuba River Trail Service Day at Edwards' Crossing
Attend our ecological restoration project at Edward's Crossing on the South Yuba River, followed by a potluck and campout at the South Yuba River BLM campground.
Please join us at the Edward's Crossing bridge on the South Yuba River on North Bloomfield Road at 11:00 AM, August 4th. Bring gloves, loppers etc. We will spend a couple of hours picking up trash and removing exotic plant species at this crossing and then continue uphill to the BLM campground for Scotch Broom and Thistle pulling, concluding the evening with a song-circle and pot-luck at the campground. Those who wish to stay are welcome to spend the night and camp with us at the South Yuba River BLM campground.
July 22nd: Drawing From Nature Sketching Classes
Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty that surrounds you when you're out on a stroll in nature? This workshop is for those who would like to gain confidence in sketching in a field journal- be it a flower, feather, leaf or butterfly. You will learn about some easy and fun tools and techniques for recording your nature observations in the field. Taught by biological illustrator, naturalist and educator, Christine Elder. Download workshop flyer here and/or contact instructor here. More information about these classes can also be found on the Sierra Nature Stewards website here.
July 21st: Castle Meadow Birdwatching Class
Enjoy learning about the lives and ecology of Sierra birds, led by a professional wildlife biologist, and our MTC secretary- Kristen Hein Strohm!
Please note: This event is full, but we will take your name for the wait list if you contact us here. We also plan to schedule more birdwatching (and birdlistening!) hikes in the near future, so check back here in the future.
May 19th: Yuba River Trail Service Day
This will be an overnight trail maintenance and river hike. Participants will begin at the South Yuba trailhead at Poorman Creek (just outside the little town of Washington), with their favorite trail tool (shovel, Mcleod, loppers etc.) and hike about 7 miles down to Missouri Bar, to share dinner and river time, returning the following day. If we plan a shuttle, it will also be possible to continue along the trail to the trailhead at the BLM,
North Bloomfield Rd. campground. To volunteer, send a message on our contact form and we will get back to you with all the details.
April 28th: Independence Trail Service Day.
Our first trail service day was attended by 13 folks on a beautiful spring day. We began with a poetry reading by local poet, Molly Fisk, then an introduction by Executive Director, Stephen Hein. State Park botanist, Dan Lubin, gave us a review of the types of non-native exotic species we might want to work on eradicating, including scotch broom and blackberry. We were also treated to a review of the history of the historic ditch -upon which the trail is built-by local author, Hank Meals.Then we headed upriver on the trail and worked along a one - mile section of the trail. We were serenaded by bird songs and the rush of the river below, and to numerous spring wildflowers including fairy lanterns, indian pink, coral bells and star tulips.
The trail section we worked is much improved now for wheelchair accessibility as well as safety for young and old alike. A lovely day overall and we hope to continue these projects in the future.
John Olmsted Memorial Birthday Bash and Fundraiser at the Saint Joseph's Cultural Center was a resounding success!
We celebrated our founder John Olmsted’s birthday raised funds to continue John’s legacy of land stewardship and nature trail development.
Performers included favorite local dance band Power of Twelve, harpist Tynowyn French, Locomotion Circus (juggling comedians Izzy Tooinsky and Jeffrey Hein), poet Maxima Kahn, and a singing slide show of the Cross-California Trail with original folk songs by Riparia (featuring two of our board members-Stephen Hein & Kristen Hein Strohm as well as bassist Philip Wright and percussionist Leslie Schneider).