What’s on tap — weekend of June 22-23 and beyond

An annual butterfly count will be held Saturday at the Oak Grove Nature Center.

Saturday, June 22: Annual “Summer Butterfly Count” at Oak Grove Regional Park. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the nature center. Join Kathy Schick in a family-friendly field trip counting butterflies in the park. No experience necessary. Program is free, but parking at Oak Grove costs $6. To learn more call (209) 612-5130 or email kashick@berkeley.edu.

Saturday, June 22: Program, “Birds of New Melones Lake.” Learn about flight patterns, habitat, calls and songs. 7 p.m. More details here.

Saturday, June 22: Guided Photo Walk, Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 9 a.m. at the visitor center. Volunteer naturalists will guide the one-mile hike through wetlands and riparian forest. Bring a camera. More details here.

Sunday, June 23: Mokelumne River raft trip benefiting the Foothill Conservancy. Suitable for ages 6 and up. $70 per person and space is limited; for more information or for reservations, contact Randy Berg at (209) 295-4900 or email randy@foothillconservancy.org.

Tuesday, June 25: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Wednesday, June 26-Thursday, June 26: California Fish and Game Commission meeting. Department of Consumer Affairs, 1625 N. Market Blvd., Sacramento. Agenda here.

Thursday, June 27: Delta Stewardship Council meeting. 9 a.m., Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, Sacramento. Agenda here.

Thursday, June 27: Delta Protection Commission meeting. 5:30 p.m., Hampton Inn & Suites, 800 Stillwater Road in West Sacramento. Agenda here.

Saturday, June 29: Program, “Outdoor Safety.” 7 p.m. at New Melones Lake Glory Hole amphitheater. More details here.

Saturday, July 6-Sunday, July 7: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first and third weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free. More details here.

Saturday, July 6: Free Fishing Day in California. You can fish without purchasing a license. Other restrictions and regulations still apply. More details here.

Sunday, July 7: Program, “Eat a Bug Club,” 7 p.m. at New Melones Lake Glory Hole amphitheater. Learn about creepy crawlies and their role in the ecosystem, and join the club by crunching them down. More details here.

Tuesday, July 9: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Saturday, July 13: Stockton Astronomical Society presents “Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park.” 8 p.m. Free with park admission. Come peer through the telescopes of society members. More details here.

Saturday, July 13: River Walk Bird Survey, 5:30 a.m. at Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at the visitor parking lot, 13501 Franklin Blvd. Jim Rowoth will lead this walk through wetlands, riparian forest and grasslands, to the Cosumnes River. Four miles. More details here.

Saturday, July 13: Paddle Tour, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Bring your own boat. More details here.

Saturday, July 13: E-waste collection event. 9 a.m., San Joaquin Delta College Shima 2 parking lot. Hosted by Onsite Electronics Recycling. Free. More details here.

Saturday, July 13: Program, “Mow No More.” Hosted by the San Joaquin Master Gardeners. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., City of Stockton’s Delta Water Supply Project building. Call (209) 953-6100. More details here.

Tuesday, July 16: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Tuesday, July 16: Presentation, “Paddling Northern California.” 7 p.m., Stockton REI. Author Charlie Pike will talk about the best kayaking and canoeing destinations. More details here.

Saturday, July 20-Sunday, July 21: Woodbridge Wilderness Area open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The area is typically open the first and third weekends of each month. Explore a quarter-mile of Mokelumne River frontage. Free. More details here.

Saturday, July 20: Program, “Mow No More.” Hosted by the San Joaquin Master Gardeners. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Manteca Public Library. Call (209) 953-6100. More details here.

Saturday, July 20: Sunset Bat Guided Paddle. 7:30 p.m., Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet at 13501 Franklin Blvd. Paddlers will head to the confluence of the Cosumnes and Mokelumne rivers, under the Franklin/Thornton bridge, to watch thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under the bridge. Bring your own boat and floatation device. More details here.

Saturday, July 20: Program, “Bats are Your Buddies.” 7 p.m., New Melones Lake Glory Hole amphitheater. Find out how bats are your friends. More details here.

Tuesday, July 23: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Saturday, July 27: Guided Photo Walk, 9 a.m. at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Guided hike along a one-mile trail through wetlands and riparian forest. Meet at the visitor center. More details here.

Saturday, July 27: Paddle Tour, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Bring your own boat. More details here.

Saturday, July 27: Program, “Awesome Arachnids.” 7 p.m., New Melones Lake Glory hole amphitheater. Learn about spiders and how important they are to our own existence. More details here.

Tuesday, July 30: Stockton East Water District meeting. Noon. 6767 E. Main St. More details here.

Friday, Aug. 2: Program, “Synthetic Spider Silk.” 7 p.m., Oak Grove Nature Center. University of the Pacific Professor Craig Vierra will talk about how spider silk can be more effective than man-made materials due to its strength. Program is free, with $5 for parking.

Saturday, Aug. 3: Program, “Eagles and Osprey.” 7 p.m., New Melones Lake Flory Hole amphitheater. Learn about eagles and osprey and why we should protect them. More details here.

Saturday, Aug. 10: Paddle Tour, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Bring your own boat. More details here.

Saturday, Aug. 10: Program, “Healthy Soil — Happy Plants.” Hosted by the San Joaquin Master Gardeners. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., City of Stockton’s Delta Water Supply Project. Call (209) 953-6100. More details here.

 Saturday, Aug. 10: Program, “Dragon and Damselflies.” 7 p.m., New Melones Lake Glory Hole amphitheater. Learn about dragonflies, which were buzzing about before even the dinosaurs. More details here.

Friday, Aug. 16: Evening Paddle Tour, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Bring your own boat. More details here.

Saturday, Aug. 17: Program, “Healthy Soil — Happy Plants.” Hosted by the San Joaquin Master Gardeners. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Manteca Public Library. Call (209) 953-6100. More details here.

Saturday, Aug. 24: Program, “Whooo’s Up When You’re Asleep?” 7 p.m., New Melones Lake Glory Hole amphitheater. Learn about nocturnal critters and try to find some. More details here.

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