My Sycamore Canyon

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Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue

The Ameal Moore Nature Center staff and visitors were in for a real treat!  Dr. William K. Hayes with Loma Linda University joined us on a special event day to talk about snakes!  Dr. Hayes works with snakes at the…

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Fungi Fun!

The Ameal Moore Nature Center hosted UCR Graduate students Derreck and Sören as they talked to us about fungi!  Fungi is great and amazing- who knew???  They’re not just delicious and nutritious!  They’re also used for medicines, other species rely…

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Second Saturdays: Gray Fox

What does the fox say?  Well, nothing, really.  But we had a lot to say about him this past Second Saturdays event!  Visitors were welcomed into the center and heard all about our fantastic Mr. Gray Fox!  The activity of…

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Fossil Day!

National Fossil Day is in October and this year the nature center decided to celebrate with the rest of the nation by hosting our first Fossil Day.  In partnership with UCR’s Department of Earth Sciences and several paleontologists in Riverside,…

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Second Saturdays: The Real Death Eaters!

This Second Saturdays event we talked about decomposers, the REAL death eaters!  Decomposers are an important part of the world.  Without them, we’d have a lot of rotting matter to deal with.  Decomposers and scavengers include fungi, insects, birds, mammals,…

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Second Saturdays: Rock Rock Rockin’ Around the Canyon

This past Second Saturdays event was all about geology!  The day focused on rocks, what they’re made of, and why we love them!  Geology is a very important subject to us because the entire canyon is made up of Decomposed…

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The Canyon After Dark: Twilight Highlight

Most people know the meaning of the words diurnal and nocturnal, even if they aren’t familiar with the words themselves.  Humans tend to be diurnal.  That means we’re usually active during the day and sleep at night.  Animals that are…

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Second Saturdays: Estivation Activation

The hot summer weather causes us all to look for ways to stay cool.  Animals are no different!  When the weather gets too hot, reptiles and amphibians will estivate.  Estivation is similar to hibernation, only it’s done in the summer…

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Gotta Spot ’em All!

The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park is home to many animals, but recently, we’ve had a slew of new residents… the Pokemon! Have you noticed the world wide craze of Pokemon Go?  People everywhere are transforming from every day citizens into…

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The Canyon After Dark: Insect Rave

Our second Canyon After Dark event, the Insect Rave was a blast!  We had it all! Techno music, spin art, glow sticks, and of course, INSECTS!  UCR Entomology Department joined us for this fun night!  Visitors were invited into the park…

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