Lecture 5 All You Need to Know to Prepare for Emergencies

Thursday April 8, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

We all know we need to be prepared, but too often we put off planning for disasters until it is too late. Join us to learn about the most important steps that you can take to be more prepared for a disaster like the California wildfires or earthquakes. Our speaker, Doug Mosher, will focus on actions such as building your support network, receiving emergency notifications and creating an emergency plan. Photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.


Hike 5 Wait List Only: In-person Spring Wildflower Walk

Wednesday April 14, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join us for a leisurely walk at Rancho Canada Del Oro Open Space, known for its spectacular wildflower displays. This preserve is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We will follow a trail on serpentine soils and learn how the plants that grow here are specially adapted to this harsh environment. Furthermore, we will learn about the insects, such as the Bay Checkerspot butterfly, that are dependent on these plants. We end the walk with a social picnic lunch by a field of wildflowers. Image by Michael Hundt.

Level of Difficulty: : Easy
Number of Miles: : 2.5
Location: Morgan Hill, CA 95037


Hike 6 Virtual Exploration of Almaden Quicksilver History & Geology

Thursday April 15, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Take a journey out on the trails of Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Along the way, we will learn about the history of the park from the mid-1800's onward and geology that led to its importance in history from our tour leader, Michael Cox. He explored the mines as a teenager and became a geologist who was part of the team who cleaned up the park so it could be safely opened to the public. Image by Anne Ferguson.


Hike 7 Wait List Only: In-person Spring Wildflower Walk

Wednesday April 21, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join us for a leisurely walk at Rancho Canada Del Oro Open Space, known for its spectacular wildflower displays. This preserve is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We will follow a trail on serpentine soils and learn how the plants that grow here are specially adapted to this harsh environment. Furthermore, we will learn about the insects, such as the Bay Checkerspot butterfly, that are dependent on these plants. We end the walk with a social picnic lunch by a field of wildflowers. Image by Michael Hundt.

Number of Miles: : 2.5
Location: Morgan Hill, CA 95037


Lecture 6 Our Global Water Crisis

Thursday April 22, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

In this workshop, participants will learn about water as a global scarce, nonrenewable resource, the critical role it plays in the sustainability of our planet and the impending national water crisis with 45 states suffering water stress conditions. Americas clean water crisis goes far beyond Flint. According to the EPA, last year 30 million Americans lived in areas where water systems violated safety rules and the threats from growing populations, pollution and global warming will only make things worse. An understanding of the current global state of the water crisis will leave you with the awareness and sense of urgency that this issue deserves. This special program is hosted in partnership with Valley Water.Image by rony michaud from Pixabay.