UPCOMING EVENT: Annual Wildlife Festival
Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017. Wagner Ranch Nature Area – 350 Camino Pablo, Orinda, CA

Come enjoy the beautiful historic ranch and 18-acre nature preserve, rarely open to the public.  Join a variety of activities for all ages, especially kids.  Featuring wildlife fun at the pond (red-legged frogs and our resident western pond turtle, Mr. T) plus animals in the garden (goats and beautiful parrots from the Contra Costa Avian Society).  Try out DIY gardening projects, hands-on nature arts and crafts, and Earth Day games. You’ll enjoy Native American music, drumming, and storytelling.  Join a rare docent tour of the meadows, woodland, ponds and streams, and the historic home site of Theodore Wagner, California’s first Surveyor General. Click for more details!

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“My days at Wagner Ranch were some of the most formative Wildlife Festival of my childhood.  The smell of the trees, the sound of the water, my hands in the dirt.  My experiences there gave me a sense of time and place that I could not have gained in the classroom.”

-Miriam Storch
Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Class of ’90

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Our Mission Statement
The Friends of the Wagner Ranch Nature Area support the conservation of the Nature Area as a natural environment and its preservation as an historical site, with the goal of enhancing environmental education programs for schools and the community.