Free Hikes and Programs
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.
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 3-6. Rangers and docents lead these programs in the spring and summer at the Auburn Ranger Station, 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 apply.
Jr. Ranger July 2013 Schedule
Skulls: Check out the skulls of animals in the Auburn SRA.
Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7 at 3pm
Tree ID: Explore the woods and learn all about trees, leaves, and seeds.
Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14 at 3pm
Furs: Come and touch animal furs from the Auburn SRA.
Saturday July 20 and Sunday July 21 at 3pm
Insects/Spiders: Get an up-close view of insects and spiders.
Saturday July 27 and July 28 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.
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.
Ride the Divide
Once a month, the Auburn Folsom Trail Riders Action Coalition (FATRAC) lead beginning mountain bike riders in a ride of the Foresthill Divide Trail. The experienced mountain bike riders of FATRAC are knowledgeable about Auburn SRA trails, trail etiquette and safety. They lead these free rides to encourage mountain bike riding and responsible use of park lands. FATRAC also sponsors trail maintenance volunteer days in both Auburn and Folsom SRA. Click here for FATRAC's website and FATRAC's events schedule.
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.