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Tour Schedule

6:00 am – 8:30 am


There is no better time to experience the vibrant life of the wetlands than at dawn, and no better time to enjoy Sandhill Cranes as they begin their day with song and dance. Join a small and hearty group on this amazing photo tour. As the sun rises, you will experiment with high ISO’s, long shutter speeds and wide open apertures to capture images not obtainable at any other time. 

$35 per participant, tour limited to 12 people.

6:30 am – 12:00 pm


Come hiking with world renowned bird Dr. John Trochet, Field Ornithologist with U.C. Davis, through some of the most remote riparian areas of the Cosumnes River Preserve. Journey through a portion of the Preserve ordinarily closed to public visitation. You will see many of the jewels of the Preserve; the Tall Forrest, the Accidental Forrest, and more. With a little luck we should see and hear over 90 species of birds, and a variety of mammals; including deer, raccoon, river otter, beaver, and more.

Rain or shine, $35 per participant, tour is limited to 15 people.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Heritage Oaks Winery sits along an expansive stretch of the lower Mokelumne River. Because of the long-term commitment to conservation and the habitat, this property includes over 50 acres of wonderful riparian habitat. Begin at the winery, travel through the forest of the floodplain, and to the shores of the Mokelumne River. Expect to see many species of wintering birds. The raptor diversity at this location can be quite high and has included Cooper’s Hawk, Osprey, and Merlin. You will be led by native David Yee, who has been birding in this area for over 35 years! Lunch and wine awaits you at the end of the journey.

Rain or shine, $45 per participant, must be 21 or older, limited to 20 people.

9:00 am – 11:00 am


Take a guided tour through our Materials Recovery Facility. See what we do and how we do it. Each day we recover discarded natural resources destined for landfills, conserve natural resources, create new jobs, and reduce local carbon footprint. Our goal is to preserve our environment and build a better future for our community and the lands and waterways that surround it. Good for all ages. Kids’ activity will be included during your visit.

No fee, must pre-register with Galt Parks & Recreation, limited to 30 people.

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Crafternoon Needle Felt and Sip at the Barn

Join us at the Cosumnes River Preserve’s Barn for an entire outdoor experience. The barn is surrounded by wetlands for optimal bird viewing opportunities. Enjoy wine from our local Consumnes River Farm and appetizers.  Sit down and get comfy as you are about to bring out your inner artist! Beginners are welcome as each participant will be taught step by step by our Someday Studio to needle felt and before you know it, you will have your very own needle felt Pintail Duck!  The "tour" will take place at an open Barn, so please dress appropriately for being outdoors. 

$45 per participant, includes 2 glasses of wine and tacos, must be 21 or older, limited to 22 people.

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Join local expert birder Chris Conard, Natural Resource Specialist at the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District Bufferlands, alongside Barbara Daly, on Delta Heartbeat Tours as they explore the beautiful Delta. Barbara has been offering historical tours of the Delta for years. With stops at Staten Island, the Vietnamese Monastery, a stop in Walnut Grove for ice cream on the Sacramento River’s edge, and a tour of the old town of Locke, then through Isleton on the way back to the Chabolla Community Center, it’s sure to be the perfect afternoon!

$70 per participant, tour limited to 13 people. 

3:30 pm - sunset


Join Emily Wells, Staten Island Program Manager, as she discusses the management practices of Conservation Farms and Ranches. Watch the breathtaking sight of hundreds of cranes flying in to roost for the night. You will learn about the habitats of the cranes, why the Staten Island open wetland environment is preferred by these magnificent birds, and what we all can do to preserve their winter home.

$15 per participant, tour limited to 44 people. 


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