Back by popular demand, Warren and Tara Swanson will inspire the holiday spirit in you with the Swedish of fare. Enjoy traditional dishes of Swedish pancakes (from the Swanson’s family recipe), lingonberries, potato sausage, and glogg. Come hear personal history and traditions, the lighting ceremony and more set to the tunes of ABBA music.
Ride your horse with friends through oak woodlands and rolling hills, down to the Sacramento River. Fenwood is a working ranch that includes a rich diversity of habitats and wildlife and is beautiful in the fall. We will ride for a few hours and then gather for a delicious lunch on the patio overlooking the western sky.
Want to join in on the fun but do not have a horse of your own? Janis Hill from Dovehollowfarms.com will have a carriage pulled by Ace the horse to take riders out to the Parkville Cemetery.
Bring the kids - every tickets gets 2 kids in free!
The Clear Creek Restoration Program has brought a number of conservation successes to our region, including improved stream flows, large scale habitat resoration, and removal of fish barriers. Fish species have responded already, with a four-fold increase in fall Chinook salmon. Learn about this successful restoration effort and the many collaborators and projects that have helped to re-establish threatened species in our own backyard. We will take you on a tour of a habitat and stream restoration on Clear Creek with Western Shasta RCD and US Fish and Wildlife Service staff who will describe the goals and outcomes of the project and answer your questions. You will visit the salmon viewing area at Seltzer Gorge and enjoy a lunch along the river.
You wont want to miss fermenting 101: Kombucha and Kimchi. Kombucha is a fizzy tea beverage that has been around for centuries but only recently has become one of the latest health trends. This workshop will be interactive with several flavors of kombucha to taste. As an added bonus Benita Moore will also be teaching guest how to make one of the world's healthiest foods, Kimchi. Loaded with vitamins A, B and C, Kimchi is spicy pickled cabbage. It can be used in everything from soups to pancakes, mixed with scrambled eggs, and can also make a great pizza and burger topping. After the workshop participants will be gifted a starter kit and starter culture to begin making their own Kombucha and Kimchi at home. Expect healthy snacks to be served.
Fish are passing into this section of Clover Creek for the first time in 100 years! This project removed a barrier built in the 1920's, opening 10 miles of habitat to Chinok Salmon and other migrating fish. At the same time, valuable upgrades were made for providing water to local ranchers. Many people and agencies in our community collaborated to make this project a success and you will have a chance to meet some of them and hear their stories about the science and outcomes for fish and ranchers. You and your friends and family will enjoy an elegant dinner under the trees, with local beer and wine, white table cloths and all! We hope you bring your kids – this is definitely a family-friendly event.
The historic Camden House was built at the beginning of the California Gold Rush. Spend the day with docent Judy Bush and park staff on a special tour of the Camden House. Your group will also see the sights and hear about the Tower House Hotel, sawmill and covered bridge that give a glimpse into life in early Shasta County history. Take a journey back to 1850 as you learn stories of friendship, love and wealth that span three generations. The day will include a walk to visit grave sites and the El Dorado Mine. Lunch will be served alongside Clear Creek, where Charles Camden mined for gold.
Want a unique, fun activity and a way to add some delicacies to your pantry? Aunt Bee's Kitchen offers this hands-on event for preserving local foods. This class is for beginners, for people who want to enjoy a canning project with a fun group, and for people who want to learn new safety techniques. You will participate in a 3-hour session, learning two or three recipes using local fruit in season. You will get a hands-on experience with a small group of people in the teaching kitchen at the Redding School of the Arts. Children 16+ are welcome with a guardian.
Larry & Bonnie Boisclair have created a Monarch butterfly program that reflects their passion for conservation and their love of the land and wildlife of Shasta County. The Bosclair's will give you a special tour of their Bella Vista property, share the challenges faced by Monarchs worldwide, and show you their process for creating habitat, hatching caterpillars, and releasing butterflies. Last year they released 1,200 Monarchs! A summer dinner will be served and you will have an opportunity to enjoy an evening on this beautiful ranch that is dedicated to conserving local wildlife.
Buckminster Fuller, a philosopher, mathematician, engineer, historian, and poet, is known for popularizing the geodesic dome in architectural projects. Geodesic homes remain popular today. Your hosts built their own home and would love to tell you more about it - how this unique architectural structure is modeled after nature and how it benefits energy conservation, and more. Spend a lovely afternoon with old and new friends alike in this gracious home. You will also enjoy a private wine tasting from Burnsini Vineyards, served by co-owners Tom & Joy Burnham.
Join us for a summer evening at the theater. Before the show, enjoy a wonderful appetizer spread served with local craft beer or wine and have a chance to meet and socialize with new and long-time supporters of the Shasta Land Trust. This is a very special evening at the Riverfront Playhouse with an innovative production of Charlie’s Aunt. We are sure to have a great time together at this show - it is a farce that broke all historic records for plays of any kind in its original London run, and has been loved and revived continually since.
Join us for a guided tour of 600 acres of restored riparian habitat that is part of a larger effort to preserve the forests and grasslands that line the Sacramento River and protect California’s precious resources. Riparian forests protect the state’s water supply, salmon populations, and provide flood control. In 1988, as little as 2 percent of these forests remained. The Nature Conservancy joined numerous partners to spark creative conservation approaches that have reversed this trend, restoring wildlife habitat and making more space available for public use. You will learn how this local project protects people in Hamilton City, while at the same time creating an important wildlife corridor. Enjoy lunch with the group, overlooking the Sacramento River.
Back by popular demand! Enjoy Mike Madden’s famous flatbread sourdough pizza in a spectacular setting in Mountain Gate. The deck of this beautiful hillside home offers views of the sunset glow on Mt. Lassen and the eastern mountains. You will learn about brick ovens; Mike built this one himself. Pair your delicious pizza with locally crafted beer and wine, and settle in for a spring evening with friends. After sunset you will sit on the deck with friends and watch an outdoor movie.
Take a walk through the Lillian Nelson Nature Preserve and learn about rocks and fossils in Shasta County. Visit any of the display tables, talk with geological experts and learn more about the history written in the rocks. Enjoy a light lunch on the preserve afterward.
On this horseback riding adventure you will explore the beautiful scenery of a family-owned ranch protected by the Shasta Land Trust. Cow Creek Ranch is a working ranch located in the oak woodlands of the eastern foothills of Shasta County. You will have a chance to explore this unique property filled with blue oak and black oak woodlands, riparian corridors along it's many creeks, ponderosa pine stands, springs and ponds. Enjoy coffee and snacks during the pre-ride introduction. After the ride, you will enjoy rancher prepared smoked pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, and homemade beans, made in a custom smokehouse on the property!
Jay & Terri Thesken will lead a spring wildflower walk at Hog Lake in the Sacramento River Bend Recreation Area north of Red Bluff. Expect to see vernal pool plants and a brilliant display of associated annual wildflowers in this volcanic area. Depending on how far people want to hike, we can range anywhere from 1 mile to 5 miles. Hiking will be level, but on somewhat rocky surfaces, at about 500-600’ elevation. At noon, Dave & Judy Bush will provide us with a scrumptious picnic lunch close to the shores of Hog Lake.
You're in the perfect setting and the lighting is just right, but all you have is your smart phone. Don't let the moment pass. Learn how to use your iPhone like a pro to capture the people and places of your life. Mari & Terry Applegate will introduce camera settings, adjustments and give you hints and advice to enhance your camera's features as well as editing apps so you can create attractive pictures. You'll spend the afternoon at the Lillian Nelson Nature Preserve taking photos, then return to the Applegate's for an editing session. Enjoy a casual dinner on the patio surrounded by prints of favorite photos from the afternoon.
Join us for a very special limited access outing into the Sutter Buttes, a ten-mile wide circle of volcanic peaks, dramatically isolated in the center of the Sacramento Valley. The state park ranger will guide us through the Peace Valley area where you will learn about the unique geological and Native American history. You will also enjoy the flowers on this hike due to the spring rains that cause the dry buttes hillsides to turn into a verdant, colorful, wildflower garden. The three-mile hike is on level ground with some moderate climbing.
Enjoy a springtime mountain bike ride on the beautiful Fenwood Ranch, the Shasta Land Trust's first protected property. More than 100 species of wildlife have been observed on the property and in the spring wildflowers are everywhere. You will ride with friends on ranch roads and animal trails and find breathtaking views of the Sacramento River. Following your ride, a delicious barbecue lunch will be served on the patio.
Join us for a beautiful spring walk and learn more about local conservation. You will get an introduction to Oregon Gulch and learn more about the future of Redding's open spaces from Kim Niemer, Director of Community Services. The City of Redding manages recreation development and natural area conservation across 83 square miles, and this is the newest preserve. David Ledger led the effort to conserve this area and he will lead us on a hike. You will enjoy a delicious lunch with a spectacular view. In addition, while you gaze out at a spectacular view, you will enjoy a wonderful lunch courtesy of Moonstone Bistro!