Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Junior Conservationist: Stories in Nature 2019 series |

Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Junior Conservationist: Stories in Nature 2019 series


WHAT: Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Junior Conservationist: Stories in Nature Series

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

WHERE: Garden Bar Preserve, South Nevada County

DIRECTIONS: Garden Bar Preserve is located in South Nevada County on the Bear River and accessed through private property and several locked gates. Please meet 15 minutes early to fill out liability forms at the BYLT office, located at 12183 Auburn Road. From there, there will be a carpool to Garden Bar Preserve. Due to mud and stream crossings to get to the Preserve, high clearance vehicles are needed, all wheel drive preferred. Families will be back to the BYLT office by 1 p.m.

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation per family

INFO: Call 530-272-5994 or sign up at Space is limited. Please register in advance to secure your spot.

Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, and comfortable clothing. Please bring plenty of water and snacks and leave dogs at home.

This Mother’s Day weekend the Bear Yuba Land Trust offers a special Junior Conservationist: Stories in Nature Series at the exclusive natural area of Garden Bar Preserve.

Certified California Naturalists Steve Roddy and Linda Conklin will lead this unique, family-friendly nature outing that weaves plant and animal identification with the age-old art of storytelling. The hike is designed for youth, ages 5 to 12, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, and shares a different story that is adapted to the locale and season.

Garden Bar Preserve is part of the Land Trust’s extensive network of preserves, which also includes open space, forestry and agricultural easements. Spring is the best time to visit this gem with its rolling hills and oak woodlands, home to a working cattle ranch and Jim Gates’ famed Nevada County Free Range Beef. Located in the Southern reaches of Nevada County, Garden Bar includes blue oak woodlands, grasslands, over two miles of Bear River frontage and two miles of interior creeks, connecting a 9,000-acre conserved landscape on both sides of the Bear River.

The intact blue oak woodland addresses the stresses of climate change, reduces soil erosion and sustains water quality. It also provides habitat for a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic species. It is Bear Yuba Land Trust’s objective to improve and ensure the healthy functioning of these natural systems.

The land is not only beautiful and rich with biodiversity, but also serves as a link to our Gold Rush history with a section of the Emigrant Trail at the Garden Bar crossing on the Bear River. Early California pioneers once passed through this land on the Emigrant Trail enroute from treacherous passes in the Sierra Nevada mountain range into central regions of the state.

Source: Bear Yuba Land Trust

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