Steam, Sawdust, and Sustainable Forestry

  • Saturday, April 16, 2016
  • 9:30am  2:00pm

Visit the last fully steam-powered commercial lumber mill in the United States at Phillips Brothers Mill. Co-owner Gary Hendrix will share the treasures of this working historical mill which includes the saw mill, production shop, operating steam boilers, steam engines, and collection of 1920’s tractors. The day includes an optional short forest tour to observe the sustainable forestry practices of the mill. Afterwards, enjoy beer, wine and delicious snacks while listening to live local music.

Hosted by Mary Ennis-Applegate & Terry Applegate, Sandy & Dick Johnson, Gregg Werner, and Susan Whitaker

Tickets $35 per person. Limited to 35 guests.


Discover the New Ross Ranch Preserve

  • Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • 10:00am  1:00pm

Be one of the first to view the McConnell Foundation’s Ross Ranch Preserve while it’s being restored and before it becomes open to the public. With a stunning view of Mt. Lassen, beavers in the two large reservoirs, and nesting bald eagles, there’s much to see and enjoy. Learn about the steps taken to preserve this property that was once slated to become a housing development, as well as some of the wildlife, particularly the beavers, that are found in the area. Lunch included.

Hosted by the McConnell Foundation, Kathleen Gilman & David Short, Eleanor Rasmussen, and Michelle Maupin-Cornelius

Tickets $40 per person. Limited to 20 guests.


Ride the Ranch

  • Sunday, May 1, 2016
  • 9:00am  2:00pm

Take a horseback ride on the 5,000-acre Rickert Brothers Ranch near Bella Vista, a property that is protected by the Shasta Land Trust. Your ride on the ranch will be led by cowboy Ken Hartman. The Ranch includes upwards of 600 acres of vernal pools, three major creeks including Little Cow Creek, and sprawling expanses of blue oak woodlands. You and your horse will be crossing creeks on this trip. BYOH – bring your own horse and riding gear. Lunch included.

Hosted by John Stokes, Mary & Jim Rickert, and Ken & Robyne Hartman

Tickets $40 per person. Limited to 35 guests.


Explore Majestic Waterfalls

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016
  • 10:00am  2:00pm

Lace up your hiking boots and spend a beautiful spring day on the McCloud River. Follow the path bordering the river for breathtaking views of three spectacular waterfalls which tumble over basaltic lava flows. Gaze in wonder at the river through old-growth trees. You will be amazed by the sheer power of the river as it carves through the volcanic landscape. Making a stop at all three waterfalls (Lower, Middle, and Upper), you can get up-close with each waterfall and are sure to be impressed with the volume of falling water. Please be prepared for an easy to moderate 3.8-mile round trip hike and bring your own water. Lunch included.

Hosted by Karen Little, and Joyce & Rod Evans

Tickets $35 per person. Limited to 20 guests.


40,000 Queens

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • 10:00am  2:00pm

Tour a local family-owned commercial queen bee operation in Palo Cedro. Jackie Park-Burris will guide guests through the bee operation and its hives while discussing bee culture, diseases, threats to agriculture, and honey production. Enjoy lunch in a bee-inspired home filled with countless art pieces showcasing bees. Next, travel to a working bee field to observe employees working the hives, where you’ll have the chance to locate and capture queen bees. Participants must have no bee allergies or a fear of bees. Please no children, teenagers okay.

Hosted by Sandy DuBose and Jackie Park-Burris

Tickets $50 per person. Limited to 15 guests.


Brick Oven Pizza and Beer

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • 5:30pm  9:30pm

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.

Hosted by Mike Madden and Karen Coffey

Tickets $40 per person. Limited to 15 guests.


Parkville Cemetery Tour and BBQ

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016
  • 5:00pm  8:00pm

Spend a summer evening with friends learning fascinating stories about local events and enjoying a bar-b-que on the patio at the beautiful Fenwood Ranch. The Village of Parkville was founded in 1850 along Bear Creek, and much of the surrounding land remains almost the same as it was at that time. Cemetery caretakers will lead you on an entertaining tour of the small town cemetery shaded by giant oak trees. Your tour will focus on the pioneer stories of the people who first helped build our communities, including a buried Pony Express rider and the infamous Mrs. Dersch. The tour will also reveal several exciting stories only recently discovered. Beer and wine will be served with your meal.

Hosted by Mary & Jim Rickert, Sandy DuBose, and Belinda & Gary Sanda

Tickets $40 per person. Limited to 35 guests


A Summer Evening at the Theater

  • Thursday, June 9, 2016
  • 6:30pm  9:30pm

Join supporters of the Land Trust 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 Land Trust. This is a very special evening at the Riverfront Playhouse with an innovative production of a show by Nora and Delia Ephron. Love, Loss, and What I Wore is based on a best-selling book and the show became an international hit. Tickets for the show sold exclusively by the Land Trust. All food and drinks included in the ticket price.

Hosted by Belinda & Gary Sanda, Sue & Bill Keller, Marilyn & Terry Thomas, Kathy & Tim Hill, Diane & Bob Madgic, Alice Wilkinson & Tom O’Mara, Diane Hawthorne, Jenis Openshaw and Lang Dayton

Tickets $35 per person. Limited to 92 guests.


Great Shasta Rail Trail Excursion

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016
  • 9:00am  1:30pm

One of our latest conservation projects, the Great Shasta Rail Trail is a scenic multi-use 80-mile cinder trail system connecting McCloud and Burney. Hop on your bicycle for a morning ride with supporters and friends. Our route will showcase highlights of this spectacular trail and we will learn about recent and upcoming improvements from the Great Shasta Rail Trail Association. Riders can refuel with a potluck buffet and local craft beer and wine post-ride. Mountain bikes are suggested for this cinder trail.

Hosted by Chris Harvey, David Short, and Bob Madison

Tickets $35 per person. Limited to 30 guests.


Whiskeytown High Route Trail Hike

  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • 8:00am  2:00pm

Join the first organized hike of Whiskeytown’s High Route Trail through old-growth fir forest and deep into the woods in an area very few people have explored. The trek into the wilds will be Ranger-led by Park Superintendent, Jim Milestone. Beginning in a grove of trees dating back to 1620, the hike will proceed through the sub-alpine area, crossing creeks and forests with lush green plants and wildflowers. This strenous 8-mile round trip hike, climbs only 700 feet, but starts at a higher elevation and reaches up to 5,000 feet. Bring your own lunch and water; we will provide tasty snacks and special treats to add to the fun.

Hosted by Jim Milestone and Bob Madison

Tickets $30 per person. Limited to 30 guests.


Behind the Scenes at the McCloud River Preserve

  • Sunday, July 17, 2016
  • 8:30am  5:00pm

Get an exclusive look at The Nature Conservancy’s McCloud River Preserve. The McCloud River is one of California’s aquatic jewels. It has been a fisherman’s paradise ever since its original inhabitants, the Wintu Indians, speared and trapped salmon and steelhead as the fish made their seasonal journeys from the sea. Hike through the preserve and catch a glimpse into how The Nature Conservancy has preserved the natural area and improved the watershed. Don’t miss your chance to view this secluded property. Lunch included.

Hosted by Gregg Werner and Susan Whitaker

Tickets $50 per person. Limited to 30 guests.


Fall River Garden Party - Feature Event

  • Saturday, July 30, 2016
  • 2:00pm  9:00pm


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 upcoming efforts to protect the Fall River Valley. Join old friends and meet new ones at this glamorous house on the river.

Hosted by the Shasta Land Trust Board of Directors

Tickets $100 per person. Limited to 50 guests.


Prather Ranch Operations Tour

  • Saturday, August 13, 2016
  • 9:00am  1:30pm

Named the 2015 California Leopold Conservation Award winner, Prather Ranch has been recognized nationally for its progressive and sustainable ranching philosophy and the establishment of a superior branded beef product. Take a tour of their Macdoel ranch and hear the owners talk about the full operations that focus on the importance of low stress cattle handling, responsible stewardship of the land, and a desire to provide a stable and satisfying life for those who work on the ranch. The tour will give you a full look into the unique closed-herd operation of the ranch that grows its own hay, breeds its own cattle, and does its own slaughter and processing. BBQ lunch provided.

Hosted by Mary & Jim Rickert, Tammy & Richard Douse, and Sandy & Dick Johnson

Tickets $45 per person. Limited to 30 guests.


Full Moon Kayak Adventure

  • Thursday, August 18, 2016
  • 6:30pm  9:30pm

A full moon will guide you as you paddle along the serene waters of Whiskeytown Lake. Meet at Brandy Creek Marina where you will snack on appetizers while awaiting the sunset. As darkness falls, you can launch your kayak or canoe on the lake for a paddle amongst nighthawks and bats soaring over the lake surface. As it gets darker, we’ll paddle on to the western shore of the lake and await the full moonrise over the nearby mountains. Must provide your own kayak, paddle, flashlight/headlamp, and personal floatation device.

Hosted by Karen Little, Terri & Jay Thesken, and Joyce & Rod Evans

Tickets $35 per person. Limited to 20 guests.


Preserve the Local Harvest

  • Saturday, August 20, 2016
  • 9:30am  3:00pm

Want a unique, fun activity and a way to add some delicacies to your pantry? Aunt Bee’s Kitchen and Serendipity Farms present a pick and preserve event for you. In the morning you will pick fruit in the orchard on the bluff with views of Mt. Lassen, and then head to the teaching kitchen at the Redding School of the Arts for a 3-hour class where you will learn canning techniques. This class is for beginners, for people who want to learn new safety techniques, and for others who just want to enjoy a canning project with a fun group. Children 16+ are welcome with a guardian. Scones and beverages will be available as you are harvesting.

Hosted by Benita Moore, and Jaclyn & Joel Kwiatkowski

Tickets $60 per person. Limited to 18 guests.


Pika Exploration at Lassen Volcanic National Park

  • Friday, September 9, 2016
  • 8:00am  4:00pm

Take a fieldtrip to Lassen Volcanic National Park for an introduction to the American pika. Your guides, Terri and Jay Thesken, will lead you to two pika sites in hopes of catching a glimpse of these alpine members of the rabbit family. Learn about the measures the Park has implemented to assess the vulnerability of pikas to climate change and monitor pika population trends over time. Plenty of nature is packed into this trip! Expect level and fairly easy hiking to get to each site. Picnic lunches will be served at the Lake Helen picnic area.

Hosted by Terri & Jay Thesken and Judy & Dave Bush

Tickets $45 per person. Limited to 20 guests.


Oktoberfest in the Vineyards of Manton Valley

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016
  • 1:00pm  5:00pm

Enjoy yourself at this lively festival at the Cedar Crest Vineyards & Winery located in the foothills of Mt. Lassen above Battle Creek. The property features beautiful scenery and a park-like atmosphere with a large graceful lawn under the trees. You will be treated to a private gathering but still have full access to all the Oktoberfest music and festivities. You will enjoy wine, beer, appetizers and delicious apples from the ancient orchard just down the road at Apple Ridge Ranch.

Hosted by Mari Ennis-Applegate & Terry Applegate, and Karen Coffey

Tickets $45 per person. Limited to 30 guests.


Hands-on Truffle Making

  • Sunday, October 30, 2016
  • 2:00pm  5:00pm

Need a new holiday gift idea? Every year Pat Carlson and Marta McKenzie make thousands of truffles as holiday gifts and have mastered their production. Both are passionate chocolatiers and are eager to share the art of truffle making with you. With their expert guidance, spend an afternoon at Pat’s home in Palo Cedro learning how to make ganache and how to roll and dip the perfect chocolate truffles. You’ll be able to take home a box of four truffles and, of course, sample some of Pat and Marta’s creative truffle delicacies. If you love chocolate, you can’t miss this class! Enjoy snacks, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Hosted by Pat Carlson, Marta McKenzie, and Tammy Douse

Tickets $50 per person. Limited to 8 guests.


Tour a Craft Beer Pioneer

  • Friday, November 25, 2016
  • 11:30am  3:00pm

Nationally known as a craft beer pioneer, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company invites you to tour its Chico brewing facility. You’ll navigate the entire beer-making process and learn how the brewery leads the industry in sustainability practices. Gain insight into Sierra Nevada’s rich history and how they have responsibly grown to become the second largest craft brewery in the United States. After the tour, you will enjoy a guided beer tasting of new and limited release beers and mouth-watering appetizers made with ingredients from their on-site garden.

Hosted by Chris Harvey, Debra Townsend, and John Haynes

Tickets $60 per person. Limited to 20 guests.


Swedish Holiday Breakfast

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016
  • 9:00am  12:00pm

Tis the season! Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast from an old Swanson family recipe. Fare will include Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, potato sausage, and glogg. Enjoy the lighting ceremony, personal history and traditions, and a short video of the Swanson’s trip to visit Warren’s family in Sweden – set to ABBA music, of course!

Hosted by Tara & Warren Swanson

Tickets $35 per person. Limited to 16 guests.


Snowshoeing for Beginners

  • Saturday, January 7, 2017
  • 9:00am  3:00pm

Here’s your chance to learn how to snowshoe! This trip is perfect for those who want to learn how to snowshoe or who have recently began snowshoeing. Snowshoeing has become an increasingly popular winter pastime for folks living in and around Redding. Experienced snowshoer, Karen Coffey, will lead you on a trek around the 1.6-mile loop of Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Be sure to bring your own snowshoes and dress appropriately for the cool weather. You may rent snowshoes before arriving at the park at various sports stores in Redding and Chico. Lunch included.

Hosted by Karen Coffey and Debra Townsend

Tickets $35 per person. Limited to 18 guests.