The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District ranger staff is offering the following programs during the month of February.
The programs are open to Pleasanton residents without charge, although a $3 donation is requested from all participants to help support the programs unless other fees are specified. There also is a $5 per vehicle parking fee at either entrance to Sycamore Grove Park.
8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 -- Winter Birds
Get your long johns out for a winter morning walk. Look for feathered year-round residents and special guests that visit in winter. This program is appropriate for all birding experience levels including beginners. There will be binoculars to lend for those who need them. Canceled if raining.
Hosted by Ranger Patti Cole Sycamore Grove Park 5049 Arroyo Road
6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 -- Winter Sky
Venus and Mars will be meeting in the western sky just after sunset, so it is a great night for a walk. The program includes walking about two miles into the park to find dark skies to see the winter constellations shining in their full glory. Please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes for hiking. Canceled if raining.
Ranger Glen Florey Sycamore Grove Park 1051 Wetmore Road
4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 -- Animal Magnetism
Valentine's Day has just passed, a day when thoughts of romance race through our minds. Along with romantic thoughts invariably come thoughts of procreation. Nature has provided many astounding behaviors and forms to ensure the continuation of species. Join this program to learn about reproductive strategies of plants and animals around the world. This program is best for a mature audience.
Ranger Dawn Soles Ravenswood Historic Site 2647 Arroyo Road
10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 -- Olivina
What do the old ruins in the middle of the park, the stone arch at the corner of Wetmore and Arroyo Road and the walnut lanes between them have in common? They were all bound together by one man. Join this program to look at the life and times of Julius Paul Smith and the estate he created. This will be a slow-paced, one-mile walk with a slight elevation gain. Bring water, proper shoes and a camera if you like. Call 925-960-2400 to reserve a seat in the van to take you to the walk starting point. Canceled if raining.
Ranger Darren Segur Sycamore Grove Park 1051 Wetmore Road
10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 -- The Livermore Lynx
Come learn about Sycamore Grove's "other" fascinating feline, the bobcat. This program will discuss its adaptability, prey, use of territory and some of its challenges. After the discussion, head out on a short walk to try and spot any of these elusive cats. Please call 925-960-2400 if you need directions to the Nature Area Entrance. Canceled if raining heavily.
Ranger Doug Sousa Sycamore Grove Park Nature Area Entrance (Call for directions)