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This calendar is admittedly incomplete but will be updated as soon as I return with an extensive list of upcoming Earth Day related activities!
Saturday, March 23: Seasonal wetland hike at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. Meet at the Elk Grove gate (Elk Grove Boulevard exit west of Interstate 5). More details here.
Sunday, March 24: ”Mushrooms of New Melones Lake.” Search for mushrooms along easy 1-mile trail to the base of Table Mountain. Meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Rawhide and Shell roads. More details here.
Sunday, March 24: Vernal pools guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.
Monday, March 25: Sierra Club meeting. 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. Agenda includes screening of the film “FRESH,” about the nation’s food supply. More details here.
Tuesday, March 26: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon, 6767 E. Main St.
Tuesday, March 26: Class, “Introduction to Hiking.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Free. Learn the basics about hiking. More details here.
Wednesday, March 27: Open house at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 21001 N. Elliott Road in Lockeford. More details here.
Thursday, March 28-Friday, March 29: Delta Stewardship Council meeting, West Sacramento. Agenda and webcast to be availablehere.
Thursday, March 28: Delta Protection Commission meeting. 5:30 p.m., Courtland Auditorium. Agenda to be posted here.
Saturday, March 30: Geocaching at New Melones Lake. Geocaching course will be set up along the 2-mile Buck Brush trail. Bring your own GPS. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Glory Hole Entrance Station. More details here.
Saturday, March 30: Electronic waste collection event, hosted by the Go Green club at Tokay High School. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tokay parking lot. Free.
Saturday, March 30: Vernal pools guided walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rancho Seco Howard Ranch trailhead. More details here.
Friday, April 5: ”Nature Night” at Oak Grove Regional Park. Program: “Mammals of the Oak Grove, Past & Present” by the University of the Pacific’s Lee Christanson. Learn about grizzly bears and tule elk, among other critters. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free with $5/vehicle entrance to the park.
Saturday, April 6: “Tune In & Tune Up” free smog repair event. San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (while supplies last — show up early and expect a two-hour wait). Valley residents who have owned their cars for at least 6 months can have their emissions checked. Cars found to be in violation of smog check standards will receive a $500 voucher for repairs at a participating smog shop. No smog certificates will be given out. More details here.
Saturday, April 6-Sunday, April 7: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Open to birdwatchers at 8 a.m. Saturday. Explore this riparian area along a quarter-mile of the Mokelumne River. More details, including a map, here.
Tuesday, April 9: Audubon Society meeting. 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. John C. Robinson presents “Birding 101 (10 Secrets to Identifying Birds).” More details here.
Thursday, April 11: Lecture, “The History of California Water.” Hosted by the Lodi Lake Nature Area docents, Kristen Coon of the Stockton East Water District will talk about the state’s complicated water history, including the current proposal to build water tunnels beneath the Delta. 7 p.m., Lodi Police Department Community Room, 215 W. Elm St. Free.
Thursday, April 11: Public meeting about the Great California Delta Trail. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. Learn about plans to build a system of trails through the Delta. More details here.
Saturday, April 13: Electronic waste collection event. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Free. Hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling.
Monday, April 15: Presentation, “Journey’s Journey: A Wolf and Wildlife Presentation.” Wolf Haven International will talk about “Journey” — formally known as OR-7, the first wild wolf in California in almost nine decades. 7 p.m., Stockton REI. More details here.
COMING SOON… Full slate of local Earth Day activities, including the city’s annual festival on Sunday, April 21 in Victory Park!