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].
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.
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.
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.