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April 28, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
2605 Adobe Canyon Rd
Kenwood, CA 95452

Community scientists John Hibbard and Alex Weishaar lead this easy-to-moderate 2-mile butterfly walk as part of 2023’s City Nature Challenge. We will encourage butterfly and bug photography; cameras, binoculars, hand lenses, and field guides are recommended. Stop by the greenhouse (across from the White Barn) between 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. prior to the walk for everything butterfly-related. Meet at the White Barn for the walk.

Participants of any level of experience can help find, photograph, and/or identify life in the park. Smartphones with the iNaturalist app will be our main tool, but those lacking phones are also welcome to participate. If you haven’t used iNaturalist, or haven’t made an observation for a while, this is your chance – just make sure to load the iNaturalist app on your phone before you arrive. Alternatively, you can join our iNaturalist Introduction & BioBlitz with Dr. Dan on Friday, 4/28, prior to attending this event. Meet at the White Barn. Bring water, a full battery on your mobile device (or alternatively, a camera), and layers. Parking fees apply; rain cancels the event.

City Nature Challenge runs from April 28th to May 1st, 2023. It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people. Learn more about City Nature Challenge or view the Sugarloaf Project here!

This event is part of the Challenge along with other events scheduled from 4/28-5/1.

Ease of access: the White Barn parking area has one van-designated parking spot and multiple regular parking spots that can easily be used by accessible vans. There is an accessible porta-potty a few feet from the van-designated parking spot. The Creekside Nature Trail is Sugarloaf’s ADA-compliant trail although not in its entirety. The hike will venture on the part of the Creekside Nature Trail that is not ADA-compliant: a single-track footpath with a few feet of elevation, across a narrow, fixed beam bridge to Hillside Trail. From this junction, the group may hike up Hillside, a rocky, steep fire road to the old boy scout camp, or down the rocky, steep hill to the Rattlesnake Creek crossing and continue into the campground.

For more events at Sugarloaf, visit our calendar of events.