What’s on tap — weekend of April 28-29 and beyond

Here’s your weekly calendar of upcoming environment/outdoors-related meetings, events and activities.

Last chance for free entrance to Yosemite this weekend!

Friday, April 27: Sky Tours astronomy event hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. 8:30 p.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. More details here.

Saturday, April 28: Lathrop Beautification Day. 8 a.m. to noon at the Lathrop Community Center, 15557 Fifth St. More details here.

Saturday, April 28: Seasonal wetland hike at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge north of Stockton. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Elk Drove gate west of Interstate 5. More details here.

Saturday, April 28: Public Star Party at Oak Grove Regional Park. Hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. Starts at sunset. More details here.

Saturday, April 28: Oak Grove Bug Fest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oak Grove Nature Center. Live insects! More details here.

Saturday, April 28: Guided hike, Calaveras Big Trees State Park North Grove. 1 p.m. Free with $8 park admission (per vehicle). More details here.

Saturday, April 28- Sunday, April 29: Entrance fees waived at Yosemite National Park. Full schedule of events here.

Saturday, April 29: Vernal pool walk at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail, off Highway 104 and Twin Cities Road. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the trailhead. $10 per vehicle to enter Rancho Seco Recreation Area. More details here.

Sunday, April 29: Audubon Society field trip to the Stockton Rural Cemetery. Meet Jim Rowoth at the office inside the gates at 8 a.m. More details here.

Tuesday, May 1: Presentation on good local kayaking destinations. 7 p.m., Stockton REI. More details here.

Tuesday, May 1: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. Details to be posted here.

Wednesday, May 2: Delta Levee Standards Conference, sponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the Delta Protection Commission. 8 a.m., the Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento. Draft agenda here. Registration information here.

Wednesday, May 2: Community meeting about Stockton’s draft Climate Action Plan, an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions to 10 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium, North Hall.

Wednesday, May 2: San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency meeting. 10 a.m., Stockton City Hall, Council chambers. More details here (warning: enormous download).

Wednesday, May 2-Thursday, May 3: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District study session. Topics include potential new voluntary incentives to reduce pollution, and discussion of ways to combat Valley Fever. More details here.

Thursday, May 3: Public meeting about the reintroduction of salmon on the San Joaquin River. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Los Banos Community Center, 645 7th St., Los Banos. More details here. A similar meeting will be held in Fresno on Wednesday, May 3; more details here.

Saturday, May 5: Monthly riverwalk hosted by the Friends of the Lower Calaveras River. Details to come.

Saturday, May 5: Presentation on the “Bears of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.” Although not seen often, bears are a popular animal at Big Trees. Delta College biology instructor Paul Ustach will talk about them. 10 a.m. to noon, Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees east of Arnold. The seminar is free but admission to the park is $8 per car. More details here.

Saturday, May 5: Guided hike, Calaveras Big Trees State Park North Grove. 1 p.m. Free with $8 park admission (per vehicle). More details here.

Saturday, May 5: Sierra Club hike for younger adults ages 18-40 (but all are welcome). 9 a.m., Calaveras Big Trees State Park (North Fork Stanislaus River Trail). Email Mari at grloutdoor@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Sunday, May 6:Vernal pool walk at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail, off Highway 104 and Twin Cities Road. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the trailhead. $10 per vehicle to enter Rancho Seco Recreation Area. More details here.

Tuesday, May 8: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. Details to be posted here.

Tuesday, May 8: Class, “Cycling & Geocaching.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Combine two of your favorite activities into one. Not an introductory class. More details here.

Saturday, May 12: Vernal pool walk at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail, off Highway 104 and Twin Cities Road. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the trailhead. $10 per vehicle to enter Rancho Seco Recreation Area. More details here.

Saturday, May 12: Guided hike, Calaveras Big Trees State Park North Grove. 1 p.m. Free with $8 park admission (per vehicle). More details here.

Tuesday, May 15: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. Details to be posted here.

Tuesday, May 15: Class, “Basic Cycling Maintenance.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn the basics about bikes and gear. More details here.

Wednesday, May 16: Bike-To-Work Day in Stockton. Details to come.

Thursday, May 17: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board meeting. Details to be posted here.

Saturday, May 19: Butterfly presentation at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Jim Mori of Sonora will share his expertise and interest. 10 a.m. to noon, Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees east of Arnold. The program is free but admission to the park costs $8 per car. More details here.

Saturday, May 19: Guided hike, Calaveras Big Trees State Park North Grove. 1 p.m. Free with $8 park admission (per vehicle). More details here.

Saturday, May 19: “Walk on the Wildside” festival, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  at the Beach Lake Picnic Area, near Freeport. Hosted by the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Free. More details here.

Sunday, May 20: Partial annular eclipse, visible from Stockton! “Deepest eclipse Stockton has encountered in decades.” More details on safe viewing here.

Monday, May 21: Sierra Club meeting. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. Advocacy group Restore the Delta will talk about issues facing the estuary.

Tuesday, May 22: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. Details to be posted here.

Tuesday, May 22: Class, “Intro to Bike Safety.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn how to prepare and feel safe while bicycling. More details here.

Wednesday, May 23: California Fish and Game Commission meeting. Details to be posted here.

Thursday, May 24: Delta Protection Commission meeting. Details to be available here.

Thursday, May 24-Friday, May 25: Flood management tour hosted by the Water Education Foundation. The two-day tour will explore flood threats on the lower San Joaquin River near Stockton. More details and registration informationhere.

Friday, May 25: Sky Tours astronomy event hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. 9 p.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. More details here.

Saturday, May 26: Guided hike, Calaveras Big Trees State Park North Grove. 1 p.m. Free with $8 park admission (per vehicle). More details here.

Saturday, May 26: Public Star Party at Oak Grove Regional Park. Hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. Starts at sunset. More details here.

Tuesday, May 29: Stockton East Water District board meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. Details to be posted here.

Tuesday, May 29: Class, “Cycling Destinations.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Learn where to go for the best views and vistas. More details here.

Saturday, June 2: California Trail Days celebration, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail. “Celebrate” trails by helping build this one. More details here (page 9).

Sunday, June 3: California Native Plant Society field trip to view spring wildflowers at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the picnic area on the creek behind Jack Knight Hall. To learn more call (209) 754-9029 or emailsnlsox@earthlink.org.

Friday, June 22: Sky Tours astronomy event hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. 9 p.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. More details here.

Saturday, June 23: Public Star Party at Oak Grove Regional Park. Hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. Starts at sunset. More details here.

Saturday, July 14: Historic Wildermuth House hike. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at the Campo Seco staging area. More details here (see page 10).

Friday, July 27: Sky Tours astronomy event hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. 9 p.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. More details here.

Saturday, July 28: Public Star Party at Oak Grove Regional Park. Hosted by the Stockton Astronomical Society. Starts at sunset. More details here.

Saturday, Aug. 11: Bat viewing event. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Pardee Reservoir. View bats as they exit their artificial cave at dusk. More details here (see page 11).

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