Every season the Trails Club calendar adds more events, and this season is no exception.
This year, in cooperation with the Truckee Donner Land Trust, we’ll be offering a sneak peak of Carpenter Valley, Tahoe Donner’s neighbor to the north, before it officially opens to the public.
And, of course, all our regular events return. The River Walk and Weed Walk continue as annual traditions. Starting in July we’ll be hosting volunteer trail work days on the third Saturday of every month. And we’ll host another invasive weed pull.
In addition, the schedule below includes one annual event that, though not organized by the Trails Club, should be of special interest to Trails Club members. This is the Truckee River Day volunteer extravaganza scheduled this year for October 15.
More detailed information will follow, but for now we wanted to let you know what’s on the schedule, and we hope you’ll add a least a few of these events to your calendar.
One Hour Invasive Weed Workshop & Thistle Pull (NEW!)
July 8, 10 A.M. – 11 A.M.
Is that thistle a friendly native or a nasty invasive? Would you like to know the easy way to rid your yard of that awful bull thistle? Do you know how to report the musk thistle you saw while walking your dog? If you’d like to learn all this and more, then grab your favorite weeding tool (and some thick gloves), and join the Trails Club for our annual thistle workshop and weed pull atop the ski hill. Please RSVP by emailing TDTrails@gmail.com.
Volunteer Trail Work Days
July 15, August 19, September 16, 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Do you love Tahoe Donner’s trails? Then join in and volunteer to help make them even better. Hosted by the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails Club and the Trails Department, Tahoe Donner’s Volunteer Trail Days feature fun, family friendly projects that are open to a range of physical abilities. No experience is necessary, and we encourage everyone to get involved.
Carpenter Valley Sneak Peak Guided Hike (NEW!)
July 23, 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails club on a guided hike in the magnificent Lower Carpenter Valley. Just over the ridge from Tahoe Donner’s Crabtree Canyon, but long hidden from view, Carpenter Valley offers grand scenery, lush meadows carpeted by wildflowers, and the chance to see wildlife in their natural environs. This hike will feature commentary by a Nature Conservancy ecologist (and Tahoe Donner member) who worked on the acquisition with the Land Trust. It will also highlight the tremendous recreational opportunities that the Tahoe Donner community will enjoy once Carpenter Valley is fully open to the public. For now, however, the only way to visit this extraordinary place is through docent led hikes like this one exclusively for Tahoe Donner members and their guests. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.
Invasive Weed Walk With The Weed Warriors
August 5, 10 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Are noxious weeds invading your neighborhood? Find out by joining the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails and the Watershed Council’s Weed Warriors for an educational invasive weed walk here in Tahoe Donner. You will visit a variety of infestations across the association, focusing particularly on the noxious weeds you’re most likely to find infesting your yards. To RSVP (required), please email TDTrails@gmail.com.
River Walk With The Watershed Council
September 2, 10 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Would you like to learn more about the Truckee River Watershed? Then join the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails and the Truckee River Watershed Council for an informational River Walk. You’ll learn about our watershed, the work the Watershed Council is doing elsewhere to restore and protect it, and how we can further that work here in Tahoe Donner, starting right in our own yards. To RSVP (required), please email TDTrails@gmail.com.
Truckee River Day
October 15, various times
Spend the day restoring and protecting the Truckee River watershed. Organized by the Truckee River Watershed Council, this annual event offers volunteer opportunities at sites all across the region, including right here in Tahoe Donner. Previous projects have included meadow restoration, seed and sapling planting, mulching, erosion control efforts, and invasive weed surveys. After the day’s work, celebrate with other volunteers at the River Fair. Pre-registration opens in September. For more information, visit TruckeeRiverWC.org.