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Join Cosumnes River Preserve docents on a guided hike along the River Walk Trail! This hike will take you back to the days when the Plains Miwok once inhabited the Cosumnes River’s surrounding landscape.
You’ll learn about the plants and animals they interacted with and the unique ways in which they utilized the land as a part of their everyday lives.
The route will cover approximately 3.5 miles, but participants that do not wish to walk that far may turn around at any time. This is a great family activity for all ages! This is an outdoor setting in nature, so please dress accordingly with sturdy shoes and layers. There is not potable water, so please bring all the water you’ll need for the hike. Binoculars encouraged!
COVID-19 Precautions: We have limited the number of participants to ensure guests can social distance. Bringing a facemask is encouraged in the event the group cannot social distance on areas of the trail.
Meet at 9:00 am on the Visitor Center deck.
Registration through EventBrite is required as space is limited.
Come to Cosumnes River Preserve (CRP) for a two-hour guided walk focusing on photographing the Preserve.
The first hour will be spent on creatively “seeing” Preserve photo opportunities, including using light, shape, texture, and color to artistically capture the Preserve. Topics include: direction of light, color vs monochrome, horizontal vs vertical, use of leading lines and depth of field in compositions. Camera functionality to be discussed include: use of histogram to confirm proper exposure and using aperture to change depth of field focus. Due to the wide variety of cameras, CRP guides cannot be expected to know how to make changes to camera setting, so participants should be familiar with their cameras and/or bring their camera manuals.
Tripods are encouraged, especially for morning, low-light conditions.
The second hour will be spent photographing the Preserve’s wintering waterfowl and include a discussion of the best camera settings for capturing moving and flying birds, using depth of field to reduce visual distractions, and the exposure complexities of photographing birds with both light and dark plumage.
Remember, this is Nature in winter, so please dress accordingly with sturdy shoes and layers. Gloves will be very helpful as cameras and tripods get cold. There is no potable water and participants must bring their own water.
There is a limit of 10 participants, who must register using the link below. Wearing a mask may be necessary if social distancing cannot be maintained during the walk or during photo reviews.