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Outdoor Adventures Led by Rangers

RangerRangers help groups make new discoveries. Sometimes the tiny things are fascinating.

Weekend Programs
Each weekend and on some weekday evening the rangers offer programs for the public. You can:

  • go on a ranger-led hike in search of birds, insects or animal tracks.
  • gather around a crackling campfire to sing songs or listen to stories.
  • look into the night at the twinkling stars and pick out the constellations.
  • discover where the people who lived here first, the Ohlone, found food, tools and medicine.

These are just a few of the topics to choose from during the year.

There is no charge for the programs, but there is a $5 parking fee at Sycamore Grove and Veterans Park. Donations are also requested to support the program.

Each month’s programs are listed in the open space newsletter Valley Wilds which is available by download and is also available by e-mail. Click here to send your contact information to the Nature/Open Space department.

Programs for Youth

  • rangerA participant dresses as an owl to illustrate its features.

    Junior RangersIf you are between ages 9 to 13, you can join the wild times. Each winter and spring we spend Saturdays in the park hiking, playing games, wading into the pond and learning about our natural world. Meets twice a month and includes two overnight camp outs. Check the "Outdoor Recreation" pages of the Fall or Winter/Spring LARPD Classes and Programs Brochure to learn more.

  • Summer Nature Camp – Join camp staff and rangers for summer adventure. Nature exploration, games and crafts are all part of the fun. Camps are available for ages 4 to 15. For information on registration and session dates, check the summer edition of LARPD Classes and Programs brochure.

  • Hoot Owl – Join a ranger to explore the park after the sun goes down and discover how nocturnal animals find their way in the dark. This program is priced for groups of up to 20. For more information, please visit the Hoot Owl page.

Ranger-led trips

Nature ProgramsParticipants view elephant
seals at Año Nuevo.

Join a ranger on a trip to explore beyond Livermore. See the elephant seals at Año Nuevo, majestic monarch butterflies by the thousand at Natural Bridges State Beach, migrating hawks at the Marin Headlands or put on a backpack and sleep under the stars. These are just some of the possibilities. Check the "Outdoor Recreation" pages of the latest LARPD Classes and Programs Brochure to see what adventures await you.

Other Outdoor adventures
In addition to programs offered by the ranger staff, you can try activities offered by our contractors and outdoor recreation staff.

Kayak
Learn kayaking skills in classes held at nearby Lake Del Valle, or enjoy scenic natural areas on day trips to other Bay Area kayaking spots. Check the current LARPD Classes and Programs Brochure for upcoming opportunities.