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Date(s) - 11/07/2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Duchess Mine Chaparral
Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.
Parrotts Ferry Bridge Parking Area on Calaveras County Side

Where would you want to hike on a cool November morning? California’s distinctive Chaparral ecosystem is a great place to start! Hike through a “forest of shrubs” and learn about this fire- and drought-adapted plant community. This is a strenuous 3½ mile hike to a top section of the Table Mountain formation. Please bring water and wear sturdy hiking boots. We will meet at the parking lot on the Calaveras County side of the Parrotts Ferry Bridge at 10 a.m.

If This Rock Could Talk
Sunday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.
Table Mountain

Join us on a hike though time and discover the geologic wonders of Table Mountain. Learn where this lava flow originated and the processes that occurred to create such a beautiful landmark. This is a challenging
3-mile hike with a ¼-mile series of steep, rocky switchbacks that leads to the top for grand views of New Melones Lake. We will meet at the corner of Shell and Rawhide Roads at 10 a.m.

The Stars Over New Melones Lake
Saturday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m.
New Melones Lake Visitor Center

Come out and view fall’s constellations. We will set up telescopes for visitors to view the moon and all the stars. If it is overcast, we will have a PowerPoint presentation about the night sky. Please dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

Giving Thanks to Nature
Saturday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.
Tuttletown Recreation Area

Work off some of those extra Thanksgiving calories with a hike around Heron Point trail in Tuttletown Recreation Area. Autumn is transitioning to winter and another calendar year is ending, but the rewards to be found in nature remain constant. Join us on this leisurely 3-mile hike around Heron Point and experience all that nature has to offer. We will meet at the Tuttletown Entrance Station at 10 a.m. and then caravan down to the Heron Point trailhead. Participants will be issued a parking pass for the duration of the event.

Mark Twain’s Trials, Tales and Trails
Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.
New Melones Visitor Center

Step back in time to experience Mark Twain’s past while we follow the Sierra Railroad’s tracks that traversed though the winding foothills from Angels Camp to Jamestown. This is an easy 2½-mile hike. We will meet at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and then caravan to the Stevenot Bridge.

Melones Branch of the Sierra Railway
Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.
Peoria Wildlife Management Area

Traverse the historic route of the Melones Branch of the Sierra Railway and discover how the Melones Dam was built! This is a moderate 4-mile roundtrip hike. We will meet at the Peoria Wildlife Equestrian Staging Area on Peoria Flat Road at 10 a.m.

People of the Past
Sunday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m.
Glory Hole Recreation Area

New Melones Lake has been home to many different people over the centuries. Come and explore along the Angels Creek trail and find the evidence of People of the Past. This is a moderate 3-mile hike. We will meet at the Glory Hole Entrance Station at 10 a.m. and then caravan down to the Angels Creek trailhead. Participants will be issued a parking pass for the duration of the event.

French Flat Frisbee Golf
Saturday, Dec. 26, 10 a.m.
French Flat

Put down all those new electrical toys and come outside to explore your public lands with a fun game of Frisbee golf! Rangers will set a course filled with clues about the natural and cultural history of New Melones Lake. Hit the targets, gain the clues and answer the questions to win a prize! This will be a 9-hole course set in the rambling oak woodlands of French Flat. Participants will be walking through tall grass, so long pants are recommended. Please bring your own Frisbee if you have one. We will meet at the corner of Shell and Rawhide Roads at 10 a.m. and caravan to French Flat for a great game of golf!

If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact Park Ranger Hilary Maxworthy at 209-536-9094 ext. 221 or email hmaxworthy@usbr.gov a minimum of 14 days in advance.

Ranger-led hikes tie into the Department of the Interior’s Let’s Move Outside initiative (www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside), which was created to encourage children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities, which abound in every city, town and community. And where better for the public to enjoy the great outdoors than at a Reclamation facility like New Melones?

The New Melones Visitor Center and Museum is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information on activities, directions, pet restrictions or other questions, please call 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the New Melones Lake website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html.

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