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Land Trust presents autumn benefit Treks Through Time

The Nevada County Land Trust presents its fall benefit Treks Through Time events and excursions. For information, call the land trust at 272-5994.

Sept. 15



Litton Trail Faire, 10 a.m-3 p.m.

Celebrate the Nevada County Land Trust’s Litton Trail, a tree-shaded path flanked by a canal. The fair is open to the public at no charge and will include live music, art by local artists, raffles and activities for children. A champagne brunch will be served along the trail for $10 adults, $5 children 6-12 years old.




Litton Trail Faire, 10 a.m-3 p.m.

Celebrate the Nevada County Land Trust’s Litton Trail, a tree-shaded path flanked by a canal. The fair is open to the public at no charge and will include live music, art by local artists, raffles and activities for children. A champagne brunch will be served along the trail for $10 adults, $5 children 6-12 years old.

Sept. 20

Gentle Giants – Meet the Draft Horses, 5-10 p.m.

Enjoy refreshments and a brief history of the Draft Horse Classic with Ed Scofield. Meet the horses and their handlers during a behind-the-scenes tour of the barns, while they prepare for the event.

Cost: $25 members, $30 nonmembers.

Level: Easy

Gentle Giants – Meet the Draft Horses, 5-10 p.m.

Enjoy refreshments and a brief history of the Draft Horse Classic with Ed Scofield. Meet the horses and their handlers during a behind-the-scenes tour of the barns, while they prepare for the event.

Cost: $25 members, $30 nonmembers.

Level: Easy

Sept. 22

Sun Schemes – A Passive Solar Architecture Tour with David Wright, AIA, 9 a.m.-noon

Wright will discuss the history of solar design and the latest techniques and information, and show how you can streamline your energy efficiency and lower costs through effective home design. Several innovative local solar homes are featured.

Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers.

Level: Easy

Sun Schemes – A Passive Solar Architecture Tour with David Wright, AIA, 9 a.m.-noon

Wright will discuss the history of solar design and the latest techniques and information, and show how you can streamline your energy efficiency and lower costs through effective home design. Several innovative local solar homes are featured.

Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers.

Level: Easy

Sept. 28

Chalk Bluff Preserve, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Experience this historic mining district with geologist David Lawler. See rare geological formations, hanging fern gardens and ancient petrified forests.

Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers.

Level: Moderate with some steep walking.

Chalk Bluff Preserve, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Experience this historic mining district with geologist David Lawler. See rare geological formations, hanging fern gardens and ancient petrified forests.

Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers.

Level: Moderate with some steep walking.

Oct. 5

Martis Valley – 3,000 Years of Human Use, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Visit an ancient Martis Culture rock shelter with environmental historian David Beesley. Beneath the shelter roof blackened by campfires burning 3,000 years ago, discover how the human uses of this area and the consequences have changed.

Cost: $20 members, $25 nonmembers.

Level: Moderate

Martis Valley – 3,000 Years of Human Use, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Visit an ancient Martis Culture rock shelter with environmental historian David Beesley. Beneath the shelter roof blackened by campfires burning 3,000 years ago, discover how the human uses of this area and the consequences have changed.

Cost: $20 members, $25 nonmembers.

Level: Moderate

Oct. 12

Star Trekking at the Linden Lea Ranch, 5-10 p.m.

Visit the Linda Lea Ranch, newly protected by an agricultural conservation easement. Ranch owners Bill and Anna have extended their hospitality for an evening featuring a barbecue dinner and wine.

Cost: $45 one member or $80 per member couple, $55 nonmembers, or $100 nonmember couple.

Level: Easy

Star Trekking at the Linden Lea Ranch, 5-10 p.m.

Visit the Linda Lea Ranch, newly protected by an agricultural conservation easement. Ranch owners Bill and Anna have extended their hospitality for an evening featuring a barbecue dinner and wine.

Cost: $45 one member or $80 per member couple, $55 nonmembers, or $100 nonmember couple

Level: Easy

Oct. 19

Adam Ryan, Mathis Pond and Peardale Sanctuary Members Tour, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join NCLT Executive Director Cheryl Belcher for private tours of three Land Trust preserves. The Adam Ryan Preserve has heritage oaks and is excellent birding habitat. It also connects to large spring-fed Mathis Pond,a way station for migrating waterfowl. The tour concludes at Peardale Bird Sanctuary, a 27-acre preserve with a rich mixture of riparian and upland forest habitats, seasonal wetlands and wildflower meadows.

Cost: Free to members.

Level: Easy

Adam Ryan, Mathis Pond and Peardale Sanctuary Members Tour, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join NCLT Executive Director Cheryl Belcher for private tours of three Land Trust preserves. The Adam Ryan Preserve has heritage oaks and is excellent birding habitat. It also connects to large spring-fed Mathis Pond,a way station for migrating waterfowl. The tour concludes at Peardale Bird Sanctuary, a 27-acre preserve with a rich mixture of riparian and upland forest habitats, seasonal wetlands and wildflower meadows.

Cost: Free to members.

Level: Easy

Oct. 26

Downieville to Sierra City – An Intimate History of Shady Flat, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A tour with Katie Green begins at the Downieville Museum and then proceeds to the historic and endangered Gold Rush town of Shady Flat. Includes other such landmarks near Downieville, like China Flat and Loganville, and learn about the pioneer families that settled on the North Fork Yuba River. The trek will conclude with a tour of the Kentucky Mine Museum.

Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers.

Level: Easy

Downieville to Sierra City – An Intimate History of Shady Flat, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A tour with Katie Green begins at the Downieville Museum and then proceeds to the historic and endangered Gold Rush town of Shady Flat. Includes other such landmarks near Downieville, like China Flat and Loganville, and learn about the pioneer families that settled on the North Fork Yuba River. The trek will conclude with a tour of the Kentucky Mine Museum.

Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers.

Level: Easy

Nov. 10

Sutter Buttes – Ridge Top Trek, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Take an intimate look at the smallest mountain range in California. In cooperation with the Middle Mountain Foundation, learn about the rangeland and crags of the buttes.

Cost: $35 members, $40 nonmembers.

Level: Moderate four-mile walk

Sutter Buttes – Ridge Top Trek, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Take an intimate look at the smallest mountain range in California. In cooperation with the Middle Mountain Foundation, learn about the rangeland and crags of the buttes.

Cost: $35 members, $40 nonmembers.

Level: Moderate four-mile walk

Nov. 10

Sutter Buttes – The Brockman Challenge, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

A hike in Brockman Canyon is a six-mile, steep ascent between tall ridge tops. Includes a 1,000-foot elevation gain.

Cost: $35 members, $40 nonmembers.

Level: Strenuous

Sutter Buttes – The Brockman Challenge, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

A hike in Brockman Canyon is a six-mile, steep ascent between tall ridge tops. Includes a 1,000-foot elevation gain.

Cost: $35 members, $40 nonmembers.

Level: Strenuous

Dec. 1

Winter Birding at Gray Lodge, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join local bird expert Ted Beedy in one of California’s premier winter birding locations. With the Sutter Buttes as a backdrop, see thousands of wintering birds and perhaps up to 100 bird species. Trek takes place rain or shine.

Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers.

Level: Easy


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