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July

Junior Rangers: Summer Survivors
Saturday, July 20
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

What do you do when the weather gets hot? The plants and animals in the park can't crank up the AC or get in line at the public pool so how do they manage? Join us to discover some of the tricks that the wild residents of Mount Diablo use to survive scorching hot days. We'll do an experiment, search for some of the park's summer survivors, and see if any of their strategies can help us stay cool ourselves.
This program for 7-12 year-olds meets at Rock City. There is a $10 per vehicle entry fee. Presented by California State Parks.

Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms
Wednesday, July 24
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join us in Mount Diablo State Park’s stunning Mitchell Canyon on an exploration for All That Begins with B and Beyond – birds, butterflies, blooms and more!  We'll hike for about 3 to 4 miles with little elevation gain and enjoy nature's beautiful display along the way. Bring water, snacks, and binoculars if you have them. The walk is about 3 miles with some elevation gain.
Reservations required. For reservations and information contact onesuperhiker@aol.com. Park entry fee: $6 per vehicle/$5 for seniors - exact change only or pay on the Yodel app. There is no fee for the program. Meets: in front of the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center (96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton). Presented by California State Parks.

Common Poorwill Evening Hike
Friday, July 26
7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

We'll start the evening at Mitchell Canyon listening for bird calls. As twilight approaches we plan to be in the upper portion of White Canyon looking for Bats flying low overhead. Next comes the sounds of the common poorwill and owls. The return walk in the dark may turn up some interesting wildlife! Bring flashlight, binoculars, liquids, and hiking poles if you use them. Please dress for the weather. Hike is about 3 + miles round trip, with some elevation gain. 
Reservations required. For reservations and information contact onesuperhiker@aol.com. Limited to 15 participants. Park entry fee: $6 per vehicle/$5 for seniors - exact change only or pay on the Yodel app. There is no fee for the program. Meets: in front of the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center (96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton). Presented by California State Parks.

Moth Night
Saturday, July 27
8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Partly because they fly at night when we usually aren't looking, moths aren't seen as often as their brightly colored relatives the butterflies, but did you know that worldwide there are about nine times more species of moths than butterflies?
Join us to help discover which amazing moths are part of Mount Diablo State Park's nightshift. We'll have lights set up to see what moths (and other nocturnal flyers) stop by. Photos of what we see will add to the community science data being collected during National Moth Week.
There will be observation areas near the parking lot so no hiking is required. Closed-toe shoes and a flashlight are recommended. Meets: Mitchell Canyon entrance. Park entry fee: $6 per vehicle/$5 for seniors - exact change only or pay on the Yodel app. There is no fee for the program. Presented by California State Parks.