Saturday, Sept. 27: Free admission at Yosemite National Park and other federal parks, including New Hogan and New Melones lakes east of Stockton, and the parks on the Stanislaus River. This is in honor of National Public Lands Day. More details here.
Saturday, Sept. 27: Organic produce stand open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Boggs Tract Community Farm. Fruits, vegetables, eggs and honey available. 466 S. Ventura Avenue. More details here.
Saturday, Sept. 27: Guided photo walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. One-mile loop trip takes visitors through wetlands and riparian forest. 7 a.m., visitor center. More details here.
Saturday, Sept. 27: Last summer paddle of the season at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, west of Elk Grove. 9 a.m. This guided float wanders along a historically dredged area that is not normally open to the public. You might see river otters, egrets, herons, hawks, pelicans, beavers and pond turtles. Event is free. You must bring a canoe or kayak and a life jacket. More details here.
Saturday, Sept. 27: Stockton Astronomical Society presents “Astronomy in the Park.” Come to Oak Grove Regional Park and peer through the telescopes of society members. The public is welcome. Event starts after sunset, which is at 6:54 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 30: Stockton East Water District weekly board meeting. Noon, 6767 E. Main St., Stockton. Agenda available here.
Tuesday, Sept. 30: Presentation, “Best Local Fall Hikes.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. More details here.
Wednesday, Oct. 1: San Joaquin Bike Coalition’s weekly ride. 7 p.m. behind the Empire Theater in Stockton. Anyone with basic bike riding skills welcome. More details here.
Saturday, Oct. 4: Bee expert Julie Serences will present ”Conservation of Native Bees” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Serences will talk about native bees’ role in pollinating native plants. 10 a.m. at Jack Knight Hall. Free with park entrance. More details here.
Saturday, Oct. 4-Sunday, Oct. 5: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first three weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free. More details here.
Saturday, Oct. 4-Sunday, Oct. 5: The season’s first sandhill crane tour at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve west of Lodi. Tours offered first three weekends of each month from October through February. Registration required. More details here.
Saturday, Oct. 11: Guided walk at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge west of Elk Grove. 9 a.m. to noon. Two-mile trail leads to wildlife viewing platform overlooking wetlands with sandhill crane,s shorebirds and songbirds. Additional walks planned throughout the fall and winter, including Sat. Oct. 25. More details here.
Saturday, Oct. 11: Electronic waste collection event hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Other collections also planned elsewhere in San Joaquin County. More details here.
Tuesday, Oct. 14: Presentation, “Giant Sequoias: A Natural and Historic Legacy.” Hosted by the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club. 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. Author and Northern Arizona University biology professor Nancy Muleady will talk about the largest living things on earth, including the most recent research into these enduring giants. More details here.
Saturday, Oct. 18: Tall forest bird survey, Cosumnes River Preserve. This four- to five-mile hike wanders through the kind of riparian woodland that was once widespread in the Central Valley. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the farm center gate. Other events planned most weekends. More details here.
Sunday, Oct. 19: Ranger-led Mormon Creek Paddle at New Melones Lake east of Stockton. Launch from Tuttletown at 10 a.m. and hug the shoreline past the campgrounds up the creek. Watch for river otters, bald eagles, osprey and other wildlife. Bring your own boat. Call (209) 536-9094 ext. 236 to reserve a spot.
Thursday, Oct. 23: Presentation, “Almost Somewhere: Twenty-eight Days on the John Muir Trail.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Author Suzanne Roberts will talk about her experience hiking the Muir trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney, encountering bears, snowy passes, strange men, injuries, broken equipment and each other. More details here.
Saturday, Oct. 25: Sandhill cranes tour, 3:30 p.m., Cosumnes River Preserve. Hear a brief presentation about crane behavior, biology and status, then walk the boardwalk in the Lost Slough Wetlands, enjoying views of cranes and other wintering waterfowl. More details here.
Saturday, Oct. 25: Hike, “Creepy Crawlies of Natural Bridges.” 10 a.m., New Melones Lake Natural Bridges Trailhead. Find our about the importance of some of the “scary” critters at New Melones. 10 a.m. at trailhead off Parrotts Ferry Road. No dogs.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: Presentation, “Zombie Preparedness — Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn valuable surivval techniques that could save your life in any urban disaster or in the unlikely event of an attack from the undead. More details here.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Eagles and osprey kayaking tour. 10 a.m., New Melones Lake Visitor Center. Paddle across the lake and up Coyote Creek to observe year-round raptors in the area. This is a four- to five-hour strenuous trip. Call (209) 536-9094 ext. 236 to register.