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: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Woodpecker Preserve, Nevada City

DIRECTIONS: Banner Lava Cap Rd, to Mayflower Drive, to Butterfly Drive. Then, left on Woodpecker Way. Trailhead is on the left with a small sign saying Cascade Canal Access. Plenty of parking along Woodpecker Way.

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. 

Bear Yuba Land Trust and Certified California Naturalists Steve Roddy and Linda Conklin are hosting Junior Conservationist: Stories in Nature Series every second Saturday of the month, according to a release.

These family-friendly nature outings weave plant and animal identification with storytelling. Each 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.

The trust’s next hike, on Saturday, is “Stories of Brer Rabbit on Woodpecker Preserve” and will focus on the native plants and animals in the region. The hike will be 1.5 miles with frequent stops to accommodate hands-on learning and storytelling.

“Storytelling connects us to a 100,000-year old tradition; it’s basic to the human experience,” said Roddy. “Nature provides the perfect setting to enjoy this experience.”

Studies show kids who play outdoors are healthier, do better in school, have better social skills, a better self-image and lead more fulfilling lives. When kids spend time outside, they begin to foster a wonder of nature and a feeling of personal responsibility to help conserve the environment.

The woodland of The Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve is the setting for this hike. Located in the Banner Mountain neighborhood, the preserve is named for the woodpeckers in the area such as pileated, downy, hairy and red-breasted sap suckers.

The preserve is part of Bear Yuba Land Trust’s network of preserves, which also includes open space, forestry and agricultural easements. The preserve is located on land formerly owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management. First purchased and donated by a group called Saving Special Places, the trust acquired the property in 1999.

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Source: Bear Yuba Land Trust

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