Welcome to the 14th year of wildways!
The Wildways series of fundraising events connects people and places, offers education and unique experiences and is a fun way to contribute to the preservation of significant lands in far northern California.
Hosted by volunteers, all proceeds from ticket sales support Shasta Land Trust’s mission to conserve local land.
The upcoming 2017 Wildways events series will feature a diverse array of new adventures and old favorites. Come enjoy exclusive access on several of our protected properties, as well as expanses of open space, interesting local businesses, beautiful private residences, and other secret spots, all while supporting local land conservation!
Since 2003, volunteers have hosted Shasta Land Trust supporters at over 275 events! The success of the Wildways program has helped us permanently protect 24,000 acres of working agricultural lands, water and wildlife habitat, recreation, and scenic beauty in our community.
The Wildways program would not be possible without our generous landowners, volunteers, hosts, and the many supporters who attend these events. We hope to see you at one or more of these exciting events [Listed below].
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 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.
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.
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.
Fish are passing into this section of Clover Creek for the first time in 100 years! You will have an opportunity to see the new fish ladders and learn what made this conservation success possible. Join us as we are introduced to the project by the landowner and agency partners. Take this opportunity to bring young people out to see conservation in action - and for a hay ride on the property, lunch in the Buckeye grove, and if weather permits - s'mores around a campfire.
Kick off the afternoon with a neighborhood walk led by Mike Grifantini, a local historian. Learn about Michael Dittmar, a Redding journalist, who was instrumental in the formation of Lassen Park. After the walking tour of the Behrens-Eaton House and the two cottages adjacent to the home you will enjoy an afternoon tea with a variety of desserts and beverages. Original photos of Lassen Peak (by Benjamin Franklin Loomis) will be on display.
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. A barbecue will be served after the ride.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kombucha is a fizzy tea beverage that's one of the latest health trends. It's also been around for centuries. Learn the art of kombucha making and its many health benefits in this two hour workshop. The workshop will be interactive with several flavors of kombucha to taste. Participants will learn how to make kombucha and will take home a starter kit and starter culture so you can begin making your own. Healthy snacks will be served.
Experience peaceful beauty and a lively outdoor garden party at the Shasta Land Trust’s protected property, Whispering Oaks, on the Fall River. The Fall River is the largest of California's spring creeks, fed by several icy aquifers coming from Mount Shasta. Enjoy riverside lawn games and laid back elegance at this luxury river retreat as we pamper you with delicious food, beer from Fall River Brewing Company, and local wine. You will enjoy live music while you mix and mingle with local experts to talk about the valley's extensive natural resources. You will also learn about Shasta Land Trust’s efforts to protect the Fall River Valley. Join old friends and meet new ones at this glamorous house on the river.
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.
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.
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.
Join birding enthusiasts Terry & Mari Applegate to build and decorate your own birdhouse. Is there anything nicer than watching a family of birds flying in and out of a birdhouse and feeding in your backyard? Learn about local birds that may find their way to your birdhouse as well as ways to attract specific birds to your home. End the afternoon with a casual dinner on the patio. This is sure to be fun for adults and children ages eight and older.
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.
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.
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.