Docent Walks

Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve sponsors free monthly guided walks focusing on the beauty and natural diversity of the Ranch. Forest Loop and Bluff trail walks, led by experienced docents, feature an opportunity to view and understand the rich and complex ecosystems of plants and animals that inhabit the Ranch. In addition to the Forest Loop and Bluff Trail walks, docents offer special interest walks that follow the seasonal and migratory changes that occur on the Ranch. Topics for the special interest walks include geology, birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and native cultures.

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Docent Walks start at one of the entrances listed above. Street parking is available at all entrances. Please do not block our neighbor's driveways or mailboxes.


Docent & Single Topic Walks

May 4
1:30-3:30
Docent - Annual Wildflower Bluff Walk

This walk, which follows our annual Wildflower Show, is your opportunity to experience this year's crop of wildflowers on the breathtaking Bluff Walk!

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May 18
10am - 12:30 pm
Docent - Seasonal wildflowers...food, medicine, or simply beautiful?

Join a naturalist guide as you take a slow and easy stroll along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve forest trails while searching for beautiful wildflowers, lichens, mosses, and an occasional curious Black Tail Deer!

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May 25
10am - 12pm
Docent - Dinner is Served: the Spring Arrival of Nutrients for the Ecosystem

Along our coastal shore, the upwelling of nutrient-rich water from the deep sea has arrived. This massive arrival of diatoms and plankton is the food source for new life along the shore - find out what creates this nutrient -rich environment and who benefits from it!

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Jun 8
10am - 12pm
Docent - Write a Haiku as You Immerse Yourself in Nature

Become a poet - learn to express your experience of walking in nature!

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Jun 22
10am - 12pm
Docent - The Geologic Past & Present of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

How did the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve come to be - learn about the changes that have taken place over the vastness of geological time, and the changes that we can anticipate will take place in the near future.

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Jul 6
10am - 12pm
Docent - Summer Sea Scenes

Summer on the Fiscalini Ranch Bluff is visibly beautiful - but what lies beneath your visual experience? Come learn about the Bluff Trail from an experienced naturalist with a wealth of information!

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Jul 20
10am - 12:30 pm
Docent - Watch & Listen - Our Forest Life Abounds!

The mushrooms are gone - what is thriving on a summer walk in the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve forest?

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Aug 10
10am - 12pm
Docent - Sea Jellies and Buckwheat

What has summer brought to the Bluff Trail? Learn all about the marine life - the sea jellies, leatherback sea turtles and - if your lucky - see the 30 foot blow of the humback whales! Then try to spot the late summer vegetation, sea-cliff buckwheat among them.

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Aug 24
10am - 12pm
Docent - "Forest Bathing" in the Fiscalini Ranch Forest

What is forest bathing? Come learn about this popular concept of natural experience from an experienced naturalist. Learn to soak in and mentatlly savor your time in the forest.

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