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Campfire stories shared at Inn Town Campground

Legends and Lore with California Naturalist Steve Roddy at Inn Town Campground is one of several upcoming events hosted by the Bear Yuba Land Trust to share history while enjoying the area's natural beauty.
Submitted photo by Laura Petersen/Bear Yuba Land Trust |

For tens of thousands of years, families sat by the fire and shared stories. Some were lessons, others entertainment.

A joint effort between the Bear Yuba Land Trust and Inn Town Campground in Nevada City will present storyteller and California naturalist Steve Roddy, who will take folks on a journey with tales from the past, and may even lead an exploration of the nearby Chinese Graveyard and share some Gold Rush history. The event, 7-8:30 p.m July 12, is appropriate for all ages.

A donation of $10 is suggested, although children are admitted free. The Land Trust will have trail maps and merchandise for sale.



Participants can pitch a tent or go “glamping” at the Inn Town Campground with family and friends at a reduced price. If not camping, please park outside the campground gates and walk in.

Inn Town Campground is located at 9 Kidder Court, Nevada City (call 265-9900 for information).




New Junior Naturalist series coming soon

The Bear Yuba Land Trust has announced a new series of Family Treks with Steve Roddy called Junior Conservationist: Stories in Nature.

A conservationist is someone who advocates or acts for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife.

These outings are designed for children ages 7-12, accompanied with a parent or other caregiver. They will explore three local trails and discover the plants, animals and history of each special region. Participants will receive stamps for each Junior Conservationist excursion they go on with certificates given to those who complete all three treks in the series. Donations are appreciated.

Stories in Nature on Deer Creek Tribute Trail

The series begins with Stories in Nature on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29 (Meet in front of the Miners Foundry on Spring Street in Nevada City).

Roddy will lead the adventure starting in downtown Nevada City. Participants will hike a section of the Tribute Trail system, a loop of about three miles. The morning will focus on the Nisenan people, the impacts of mining on Deer Creek, and the natural beauty of the area. Before crossing over the Nisenan Memorial suspension bridge “Angkula Seo” over Deer Creek, Roddy will stop for a storytelling break focusing on Trickster Tales. This outing is designed for children ages 7-12, accompanied with a parent or other caregiver. Bring binoculars (optional), water, a snack, sun protection, and wear sturdy shoes. No dogs please.

Stories in Nature on Woodpecker Preserve

On the morning of Aug. 12, the series will focus on birds. There’s a lot to learn about woodpeckers. We will hike about 2 ½ miles on the Cascade Canal Trail and Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Orene Wetherall Trail on Woodpecker Preserve. It’s a well-shaded trail used by many local families. Roddy is our guide and will stop with a storytelling break about half way share some animal tales. Bring binoculars (optional), water, a snack, sun protection and wear sturdy shoes. This outing is designed for children ages 7-12, accompanied with a parent or other caregiver. No dogs please.

Meet at the Cascade Canal Trail parking lot on Gracie Road in Nevada City at 9:30 a.m.

Stories in Nature at Hirschman Pond

This Sept. 9 hike heads into an old hydraulic mine diggins. Roddy will lead this outing with wildlife observations at the pond. The two-mile trail will meander through oak woodlands, pines and grasslands. A discussion about the impact of hydraulic mining will be followed by stories of the miners. Bring binoculars (optional), water, a snack, sun protection and wear sturdy shoes. This outing is designed for children ages 7-12, accompanied with a parent or other caregiver. No dogs please.

Meet at Hirschman Trail parking lot on Cement Hill Road in Nevada City at 9:30 a.m.


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