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  • Wetlands
  • Valley Oak
  • Egrets
  • Shorebirds
  • Dancing Cranes
  • Poppies
  • Sunset
  • Flooded Oak

Hiking

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.

Wildlife

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

Mar
23

Vernal Pool and Wildflower Hike at Howard Ranch

The 7-mile Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail is a hiker's paradise! The trail begins by winding around the north end of Rancho Seco Lake along willow scrub and riparian marsh habitat. As the trail leaves the waters edge, it travels up onto a flat terrace supporting a mosaic of vernal pools and grassland habitat.
Mar
31

Vernal Pool and Wildflower Hike at Howard Ranch

The 7-mile Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail is a hiker's paradise! The trail begins by winding around the north end of Rancho Seco Lake along willow scrub and riparian marsh habitat. As the trail leaves the waters edge, it travels up onto a flat terrace supporting a mosaic of vernal pools and grassland habitat.
Apr
06

Guided Nature Walk

No foolin'--April 1st will be the perfect time to get out and celebrate spring at the Preserve!  We invite you to join us on a stroll along the River Walk.
Apr
13

River Walk Birding Survey – Tour

Join well-known Audubon Society member, Jim Rowoth, as he ventures out on the Cosumnes River Preserve River Walk. The walk takes you through wetlands, riparian forest, grasslands, and to the Cosumnes River.
Apr
13

Vernal Pool and Wildflower Hike at Howard Ranch Trail

The 7-mile Rancho Seco Howard Ranch Trail is a hiker’s paradise! The trail begins by winding around the north end of Rancho Seco Lake along willow scrub and riparian marsh habitat. As the trail leaves the waters edge, it travels up onto a flat terrace supporting a mosaic of vernal pools and grassland habitat.

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