Have an adventure with the American River Conservancy

By From page B10 | June 11, 2014

Mountain Bike Ride
First Saturday of each month through August, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (approx.)

This ride, geared for new riders, will be led by Tom Petersen, an ARC supporter, trail author, and bike enthusiast. You will enjoy this non-technical ride on unpaved roads and wide trails. Tom can also answer questions about brake adjustments, tire fixing, gear choices, etc. Ride options will be decided by the ability of the attendees. Ages 10 and older welcome. Call for meeting location (Pilot Hill area) and to sign up. Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. 

Fishing on the Farm
First Tuesday of each month through August, 5 to 8 p.m.

ARC is partnering with the El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a monthly fishing night at the Wakamatsu Colony Farm in Gold Hill. Try your hand at casting techniques, catch a few bass, and enjoy the serenity of the 8-acre lake at the historic farm. Participants must have a valid California fishing license. Adults only, please. Come early to get a tour of the Farm. Rain or shine. Call to sign up, time, and meeting location (Gold Hill/Placerville area). Cost: $10/members, $15/non-members.

Energy Futures
Fridays, June 13 & 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

How do fish jump up steep waterfalls? How do trees pump water to keep their top leaves green? These and many more living energies will be discussed at the first event (June 13). The second event (June 27) will include practical applications of living energy like refrigeration without a compressor and water vortex technologies.

Most of us are aware of peak oil — the gradual end of using dead (fossil) energy. One of the key principles of sustainable energy is to use current solar income in all its forms: living energy. Come to this event, led by Fred Klammt of WinSol3, to learn about living (bio-dynamic) energy. Living energy is the vibrant energy within our natural ecosystem: trees, plants, animals, and even the rocks around us. Instead of using “dead (fossilized) energy” to power our society, we need to rediscover the bounties of living energy and how to gently harness it all around us. Living energies are the forces behind the extraordinary creative forces of nature. Please call for meeting location (Coloma area) and to sign up. Responsible teens and older welcome. Suggested donation: $5/members $10/non-members. 

Local Historic Cemeteries Walking Tour
Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. to noon.

A brief web search yielded close to one hundred public and private cemeteries, most with graves going back to Gold Rush days. This tour (with the help of GPS) will take us to some of the closest and more overlooked grave sites, including the Jewish cemetery near El Dorado High School, the Uniontown cemetery, and others.  Carpooling is encouraged, as we will drive to several cemeteries. Keith Atwater teaches humanities and religions at American River College. An ARC member, former board member, and community volunteer with diversity/tolerance, scouting, and Native American issues, he has lived near Lotus for 23 years. Ages 10 and older are welcome. Call for meeting location (Gold Hill area) and to sign up. Suggested donation: $5/members $10/non-members. 

Day Poems: The Art of Noticing
Saturday, June 21, 1 to 3 p.m.

Enhance your observation skills and increase your engagement with the natural world. You can develop a poetic mind by shifting how you listen and see, even without being a poet. In this workshop on paying attention, engaging with the world and recording it, you’ll learn how to use set parameters to write a poem-a-day, a log. This log serves as a poetic journal providing insight into what happens within and without. Your guide is Alexa Mergen, a poet and amateur naturalist who leads writing workshops throughout the United States. For the curious, experienced, and novice writers. Ages 16 and older are welcome. Call for meeting location (Coloma area) and to sign up. Cost: $25/members $30/non-members. 

How to make Herbal Medicine from the spice rack (and local plants)
Sunday, June 29, 1 to 3 p.m.

Candis Cantin from EverGreen Herb Garden will show you step-by-step how to use the spice rack and local herbs to make herbal medicine. We will make herbal pastes, powders, foot baths, bath salts, tinctures (extracts of herbs in alcohol), and herbal honey. This is a very experiential class with hands-on and lots of samples. Ages 9 and older with responsible adult welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Coloma area). Cost: $10/members, $15/non-members.

Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake
Saturday, July 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This seven-mile (round trip) hike will start up a half-mile steep trail, cross Big Meadow Creek, and arrive at grassy, well-named Big Meadow.  We continue up through forested slope with amazing views and arrive at cliff-bordered Dardanelles Lake. We cross two creeks, reaching the lake, with rock slabs for resting after our hike. This is a moderate hike with some steep inclines. Ages 12and older are welcome. Call to sign up and for meeting location (Placerville area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. 

Woods Lake to Round Top Lake
Saturday, Aug. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (approx.)

Kay Osborn will take you from Woods Lake through forest, to open wildflower-covered slopes, reaching Winnemucca Lake. Another mile over open slopes, beautiful views, to Round Top Lake. Then follow a creek down, back to Woods Lake. This is a seven-mile moderate to intermediate hike with some steep parts. Fit 12-year-olds and older are welcome with adult supervision. Call to sign up and for meeting location (Placerville area). Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members.


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