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Livermore Area park district offers public programs in August starting today

Water, history, mammals and snakes on summer fun agenda

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District ranger staff is offering a number of programs in August that are open to Livermore and Pleasanton residents.

They include:

Cattail Pond Hike

7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Sycamore Grove Park, 1051 Wetmore Road:

Join Ranger Danny on a hike on the newly completed "Cattail Pond Loop Trail." See what's out and about at the Cattail Pond, then hike to one of the highest spots in the park to watch the sun set. The hike will return after dark, so dressing warmly is recommended. The hike will be about four miles round-trip.

Ranger: Danny Haberman

Snakes

10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16

Sycamore Grove Park Group Picnic Area (Call or email for directions)

Some of these animals have a horrible reputation, but most of the time it is based on myth and not reality. Snakes are under-appreciated for the role they play in nature. Come to this sit-down program to learn about these slithering (but not slimy!) critters. There will be live specimens to see and enjoy.

Ranger: Dawn Soles

Mammalian Madness

10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22

Sycamore Grove Park, 5049 Arroyo Road

Join this talk on some of the burdens and perks of being a mammal in today's environment. Participants will look at some cool mammal accessories, talk about the survival strategies of the different animal groups and learn what it takes to be a part of the mammal team. This is a sit-down talk good for ages 5 and up.

Ranger: Darren Segur

Wonders About Water

10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23

Sycamore Grove Park, 5049 Arroyo Road

Where does our water come from and where does it go? What is the history of the stream that runs through Sycamore Grove Park (the Arroyo del Valle), and how has its course and flow changed over time? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this walk with Dave Lunn, who worked for Zone 7 Water Agency for many years and has a wealth of knowledge about the history of water in our area.

Rangers: Amy Wolitzer and Dave Lunn

Natural History of the Altamont Creek Area

11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29

Altamont Creek Park, 6800 Altamont Creek Drive

There's a special area north of the freeway that may be unfamiliar to many folks. It includes a 7-acre neighborhood park, a 20-acre wetland preserve, a creek that runs through it and views of Brushy Peak. Come explore the Altamont Creek Park/Garaventa Wetlands Preserve area to look for just what it is that makes this area so special. This program is appropriate for ages 10 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult). Meet at the playground in Altamont Creek Park.

Ranger: Patti Cole

Late Summer Stars

8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29

Sycamore Grove Park, 1051 Wetmore Road:

Summer evenings in late August are some of the best times to be out in the park. With the heat of the day fading away, venture into Sycamore Grove to look for animals and learn about the bright stars that will be coming into view. This program will include walking about 3 miles round-trip.

Ranger: Glen Florey

There is a $5 per vehicle parking fee at either entrance to Sycamore Grove Park, and a $3 donation is requested to help support the programs unless other fees are specified. Call (925) 960-2400 for more information.

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