Walk on the Wildside

Bring the family and join Regional San’s Bufferlands staff for our annual Walk on the Wildside event, a celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

Walk on the Wildside highlights local efforts to protect and restore Central Valley habitats. This FREE family-oriented event includes hiking tours of local wetlands and forests, presentations, live animal shows by Wild Things, Inc. and Hawks, Honkers, and Hoots, music by Side-Wheeler String Band, children’s hands-on activities, informational exhibits, and more! (Get directions.)

Guided and self-guided tours are offered throughout the day. Explore a pristine valley oak riparian forest in search of migratory songbirds. Visit numerous wetland and riparian forest restoration projects. Take one of the Bufferlands guided tours and enjoy a unique opportunity to see a rare heron and egret rookery—one of only four in Sacramento County. This rookery contains more than 120 active nests of great blue herons, great egrets and double crested cormorants. Spotting scopes will be available for optimum viewing of these fascinating and beautiful birds.

Walk on the Wildside has grown to be one of Sacramento’s favorite outdoor environmental events, and both the event and parking are FREE! The fun activities are held at the beautiful Beach Lake Park, near the town of Freeport.

Program of Events

10:00 Music by Side-Wheeler String Band (Main Stage)

11:00 Wild Things! Animal Presentation (Main Stage)

11:30 Music by Side-Wheeler String Band  (Main Stage)

11:30 Guided hike to Stone Lakes (approx. 1-2 hrs., leaves from Info table)

12:00 Hawks, Honkers, & Hoots  (Main Stage)

1:00 Music by Side-Wheeler String Band (Main Stage)

1:30 Wild Things! Animal Presentation (Main Stage)

2:00 Puppet Show (puppet tent)

2:30 Music by Side-Wheeler String Band (Main Stage)

3:00 Puppet Show (puppet tent)

Shuttle bus for self-guided hikes through the Bufferlands leaves every 15 mins.

No Pets, Please!

Because various species of wildlife will be presented throughout the day, we respectfully request that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home.

Questions and Information

For more information, please contact Kevin Cassady at (916) 875-9196 or cassadyk@sacsewer.com.

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Map to Walk on the Wildside

Take I-5 or Highway 99 south of downtown Sacramento. Exit at Cosumnes River Blvd and drive west. At Freeport Boulevard, turn south. Continue 2 miles through the town of Freeport and past the golf course. Turn left at the event signs opposite of Cliff’s Marina. Continue until you reach Beach Lake Park.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Special thanks goes to all of our sponsors who help make this wonderful event possible:

Exhibitor Registration

2018 Exhibitor Registration Form [word]

2018 Exhibitor Registration Form [pdf]

(916) 875-9196