Bufferlands Calendar of Events

2023 calendar of events & activities

Overview

Each year, the Bufferlands plays host to public tours and events that offer unique opportunities to get close to nature.

Here’s a list of upcoming events. 

Thursday,
January 26, 2023
Evening Talk: Winter and Wetlands Birds
Sunday,
February 5, 2023
Bufferlands Bird Walk
Saturday, 
March 11, 2023   
Signs of Spring       
Saturday, 
April 8, 2023
Birds and Blooms  
Saturday, 
May 20, 2023
Walk on the Wildside    
Saturday, 
June 3, 2023
Open Trail Day  
Thursday, 
June 8, 2023
Twilight on the Bufferlands   
Wednesday, 
July 12, 2023
Twilight on the Bufferlands   
Thursday, 
August 10, 2023
Twilight on the Bufferlands   
Tuesday, 
September 20, 2023
Twilight on the Bufferlands   
Saturday, 
October 7, 2023
Bufferlands History Tour
Saturday, 
October 14, 2023
Bufferlands Open Trail Day  
Saturday, 
November 4, 2023
Tones of Fall   
Saturday, 
December 9, 2023
Wetlands and Waterfowl    

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Bufferlands Bird Walk

We’ll plan to see a nice selection of birds found in the Sacramento area in winter. By visiting an area with grasslands, wetlands, and riparian forest, we can expect to find waterfowl and other water birds, raptors, wintering songbirds and, maybe, a few surprises. Expect to walk up to two miles on fairly even ground.

For reservations, please contact Chris Conard via email at conardc@sacsewer.com or alternately at (916) 876-9700

Event

Signs of Spring

Join us for a two-mile guided hike on mostly even ground (a mix of gravel, dirt, and short grass). We will observe basic COVID-19 precautions, which include gathering outdoors and caravanning (not carpooling) to the field. There will be access to a restroom. To attend, please RSVP to conardc@sacsewer.com in order to receive directions and details.

Event

Bufferlands Birds and Blooms Walk

Join biologists Bryan Young and Shawn Petrash along with our Bufferlands docent team for a guided hike through the grassland, wetland and riparian habitats of the 2,000+ acre open space preserve surrounding the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. It’s a great time of the year to identify a wide variety of plants that are in bloom and to see a number of the 245 different bird species that have been recorded on the property. 

If you would like to attend, please send an email to Bryan Young at youngb@sacsewer.com. Bryan will provide directions to a meet up location and can answer any questions that you have about the excursion. We have a new rally point that we are excited to utilize for this event. From the meeting location we will caravan to the trailhead. 

Be prepared for a cool morning but rapidly warming day. We plan to cover 1 to 2 miles of trails.  Binoculars and cameras are encouraged.  Please leave your pets at home. 

Event

Walk 0n The Wildside

This free event celebrates International Migratory Bird Day and highlights local efforts in wildlife conservation and protecting and restoring native Central Valley habitat. Visitors can the miles of trails, or enjoy tours of restored wetlands and oak forests on Regional San’s Bufferlands. Throughout the day, visitors can get up close and personal with wild animals, listen to some great folk music, and check out conservation exhibits.  

Highlights of the event:

  • Wild animal presentations by Wild Things, Inc., a non-profit wild animal rescue
  • Live folk music 
  • Children’s puppet show by Jason Adair 
  • Guided and self-guided tours of wetlands and riparian forests 
  • Wildlife viewing including one of the largest heron/egret rookeries in the County Conservation exhibitors
  • Children’s activity center, games and prizes hosted by local Girl Scouts
  • Food vendors
  • Event and Parking are FREE!

Wild animals will be on display and also within the hiking trails -  *No pets please*

Directions:

Take I-5 or Highway 99 south from Sacramento. Exit at Cosumnes River Blvd. Take Cosumnes River Blvd west to Freeport Blvd. Take Freeport Blvd south, past the golf course and the small town of Freeport. Turn left at signs opposite Cliff’s Marina (8651 River Rd, Sacramento, CA 95832). Follow signs to parking area

Event

Open Trail Day

If you missed our Wild Things Walk event, Open Trail Day is another great opportunity to explore some of the Bufferlands We will have several miles of trails open for you to hike at your own pace. Our biologists and docents will be out on the trails to help you find your way and to answer any nature-related questions. This is a great time to see our riparian forests with trees over 300 years old, oak woodlands, and seasonal wetlands, all in their spring beauty.  During this time of year, Swainson’s hawks are seen soaring in the sky, broods of ducklings and goslings are readily spotted in the wetlands.  

The event will begin at 7 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Event and parking are free. Please sign in at the check-in table and get your trail map. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle.  There will be no food vendors on-site, but feel free to pack a picnic or whatever trail snacks you think that you will need. 

Wild animals are within the hiking trails -  *No pets please*

Directions:

Take I-5 or Highway 99 south from Sacramento. Exit at Cosumnes River Blvd. Take Cosumnes River Blvd west to Freeport Blvd. Take Freeport Blvd south, past the golf course and the small town of Freeport. Turn left at signs opposite Cliff’s Marina (8651 River Rd, Sacramento, CA 95832). Follow signs to the parking area.

Event

Twilight on the Bufferlands

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore some of the Great Central Valley habitats at dusk on the Bufferlands. During the tour, participants may have a chance to see beavers, river otters, muskrats, raccoons, owls and more.

Please wear appropriate clothing for walking on trails and bring water and binoculars, if you have a pair. Space is limited. To confirm your reservation and meeting location, please email Twilight on the Bufferlands or alternatively, contact Roger Jones at (916) 875-9174

Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Twilight on the Bufferlands

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore some of the Great Central Valley habitats at dusk on the Bufferlands. During the tour, participants may have a chance to see beavers, river otters, muskrats, raccoons, owls and more.

Please wear appropriate clothing for walking on trails and bring water and binoculars, if you have a pair. Space is limited. To confirm your reservation and meeting location, please email Twilight on the Bufferlands or alternatively, contact Roger Jones at (916) 875-9174

Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Twilight on the Bufferlands

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore some of the Great Central Valley habitats at dusk on the Bufferlands. During the tour, participants may have a chance to see beavers, river otters, muskrats, raccoons, owls and more.

Please wear appropriate clothing for walking on trails and bring water and binoculars, if you have a pair. Space is limited. To confirm your reservation and meeting location, please email Twilight on the Bufferlands or alternatively, contact Roger Jones at (916) 875-9174

Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Twilight on the Bufferlands

Don’t miss the last opportunity of the year to explore some of the Great Central Valley habitats at dusk on the Bufferlands. During the tour, participants may have a chance to see some of our nocturnal animals, like beavers, river otters, muskrats, raccoons, owls and more. These animals are typically hiding during the day.

Please wear appropriate clothing for walking on trails and bring water and binoculars, if you have a pair. Space is limited. To confirm your reservation and meeting location, please email or alternatively, contact Roger Jones at (916) 875-9174

Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Bufferlands History Tour

Come hear a Powerpoint presentation about the history of the Bufferlands, from prehistoric times to present. The presentation will be within the small theater at the historic Nicolaus Dairy, located in the Bufferlands. Afterwards, we will take a short tour of the restored farmhouse and milk barns.

Limited seating. 2 sessions available.

Event

Bufferlands Open Trail Day

Open Trail Day is another great opportunity to explore some of the Bufferlands. We will have several miles of trails open for you to hike at your own pace. Our biologists and docents will be out on the trails to help you find your way and to answer any nature-related questions. This is a great time to see Fall colors as our forests begin to change from green to gold. The trails will span through riparian forests with trees over 300 years old, oak woodlands, and seasonal wetlands.  Many species of songbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds can be seen  this time of year,

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Event and parking are free. Please sign in at the check-in table and get your trail map. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle.  There will be no food vendors on-site, but feel free to pack a picnic or trail snacks.. 

Wild animals are within the hiking trails.  *No pets please*

Directions:

Take I-5 or Highway 99 south from Sacramento. Exit at Cosumnes River Blvd. Take Cosumnes River Blvd west to Freeport Blvd. Take Freeport Blvd south, past the golf course and the small town of Freeport. Turn left at signs opposite Cliff’s Marina (8651 River Rd, Sacramento, CA 95832). Follow signs to the parking area.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Tones of Fall

Come join Bufferlands Biologists on a 1-2 mile hike, as we pursue the sights and sounds of the fall season. During our walk, we hope to see and hear waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife. As we walk the trails, we can view the changes taking place within our riparian trees and wetland plants as they prepare for the cold and damp winter.

Please wear appropriate clothing for walking on trails and bring water and binoculars, if you have a pair. Space is limited. To confirm your reservation and meeting location, please email Tones of Fall,  or alternatively, contact Roger Jones at (916) 875-9174

Please note, we can only take reservations the week preceding the event.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Event

Wetlands and Waterfowl

Come join Bufferlands biologists, Roger Jones and Steve Scott, for an early morning 1-1/2-mile walk around some of our seasonal wetlands. We will talk about our roles as wetland managers as we look for waterfowl and other waterbirds that rely on these wet habitats.

Some of the walk will be in areas that are wet and muddy, so please dress accordingly. 

To register for the walk, please email Roger Jones (jonesro@sacsewer.com), or call 916-875-9174.

No Pets, Please! For all Bufferlands events, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

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