• Ducks Profile
  • Crane In Flight
  • Wetlands
  • Valley Oak
  • Egrets
  • Shorebirds
  • Dancing Cranes
  • Poppies
  • Sunset
  • Flooded Oak


Within the 50,000+ acres of the preserve, we have over 11 miles of pristine trail for you to hike. Some days you can walk for hours without spotting another human being, enjoying in your solitude the serene majesty of nature.


The preserve is home to more than 250 bird species, more than 40 fish species, and some 400+ plant species have been verified. Keep an eye out for Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes, Northern Pintail, Swainson’s Hawks, and Black-necked Stilts. Within the preserve you can see for yourself the rich variety of American wildlife.

Field Trips

We welcome group visits and school field trips, and have a training program and teaching materials available for schoolteachers — or you can take one of our volunteer-guided tours!

Upcoming Events


Nature Trail Guided Walk

Experienced volunteer naturalists will lead this early fall Guided Walk through the oak woodlands, explaining the plant and animal life that make the Preserve their home.

Tall Forest Bird Survey

Come join John Trochet, leader of this survey for more than two decades now, as we follow the bird-life of the preserve’s plum parcel through the seasons and across the years. Songbirds are beginning to show up in large numbers.

River Walk Bird Survey

The walk takes you through wetlands, riparian forest, grasslands, and to the Cosumnes River.

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