Free Hikes and Programs

Hiking

Monthly Naturalist Led Hikes

Once a month, Auburn State Recreation Area's  volunteer organization, the Canyon Keepers, lead hikes on the park's various trails. The hikes are free, and led by park docents who are experienced naturalists. These hikes are generally geared towards adults. If you want to explore the Auburn SRA's trails, check out the Canyon Keeper's hike calendar. For child friendly hikes, see our Family Hikes schedule.

Family Hikes

In the spring and fall, our rangers and docents lead family friendly hikes in different areas of the park. These hikes are usually short, and the terrain is fairly unchallenging. The hikes focus on flora, fauna, or the history of the canyon and usually last about an hour. See our schedule of Family Hikes for more information.

Junior Rangers and Junior Rangers Cubs

Junior Rangers is a free nature program for children ages 7-12. Junior Ranger Cubs is a program for children ages 4-6. Rangers and docents lead these programs in the spring and summer at the Auburn State Recreation Area Headquarters, Mammoth Bar OHV area, Upper Lake Clementine, and Mineral Bar Campground. The programs are fun, hands-on programs which help children appreciate the natural resources of Auburn SRA, and foster a desire to help protect them. Check out the Junior Ranger Program Schedule below. All programs are free, though regular day use fees may apply.  

Jr. Ranger & Cub Programs at Auburn SRA Headquarters - June 2014

Jr. Ranger Programs (7-12 year olds)
Meet from 8:45am to 10:30am
      Native Plants/Trees - Saturday June 7
      Outdoor Careers - Saturday June 14
      Turtles/River Safety - Saturday June 21
      Canyon Wildlife - Saturday 28
      Hiking Essentials - Saturday July 5



Cub Programs (4-6 year olds)
Meet at 9am to 10:15am
      Game Day/Bears - Saturday June 7
      Meet and Greet - Saturday June 14
      Turtles/River Safety - Saturday June 21
      Canyon Wildlife - Saturday June 28
      Nature Walk - Saturday July 5



These programs are free and will be held at the Auburn State Recreation Area Headquarters.
Address: 501 El Dorado Street, Auburn, CA 95603
Contact the Park Interpretive Specialist at (530)745-2202 for pre-registration or questions.
Schedule is subject to change without notice due to weather and/or volunteer availability.

Jr. Ranger Schedule - July 2014


Mammals:
  Explore mammals hands-on and learn how to identify them.
           Saturday July 5 and Sunday July 6 at 3pm

Food Chains/Web:  Who eats what for dinner?  Find out all about predators and prey.
             Saturday July 12 and Sunday July 13 at 3pm

Watershed/Litter Getter Program:  Explore the American River and how litter affects our watershed.
          Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20 at 3pm

Insects/Spiders:  Get an up-close view of insects and spiders.  Learn what makes them unique.
          Saturday July 26 and July 27 at 3pm

The program is free but a $10 Day Use fee is charged to enter Upper Lake Clementine.
Schedule is subject to change without notice due to weather and/or volunteer availability.

Ranger at Confluence

School Groups

If you have a school group that would like to visit the park and would like a program presented to your group, call the Auburn SRA office at 530-885-4527 for more information.