Events

Welcome to our events page!  Here you’ll find descriptions of our events listed on our calendar under the ‘About’ tab.  Here you’ll also be able to register for any events that will require a sign up.

EVENTS:

May 2017:

Guided Nature Hikes 
May 6, 2017 | 9-10am | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Family Friendly

Nature Hikes will be lead by nature center staff members every 1st Saturday of the month. The hike will start from the nature center and will begin at 9am unless otherwise indicated. Hikes are free and open to visitors (though please be aware that the hikes will go uphill). Hikes last for 1 hour.  Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen (and other sun protective gear if needed), and to bring water. If you would like to take pictures or use our free Nature Spotter app please feel free to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)!  Also, feel free to bring binoculars for any bird spotting.

Hikes subject to last minute cancellation due to weather.  Cancellations will be posted in the building, online at mysycamorecanyon.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Mysycamorecanyon

 

Science Chats: Native Bees
May 12, 2017 | 6-8pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Adults

Honey bees are important to pollination, but what about our own native bees?  Join us as we hear from Michelle Rivers, an Ecologist with a passion for our busy friends!

Science Chats is our newest program- a lecture series just for adults!  These informative talks with scientists and professionals in science related fields happen on select Friday evenings.  Join us, hear from scientists in the area, and find out how your life is regularly influenced by science! These events are for ages 16 and up.  Please leave the little ones at home.

 

Second Saturdays: Native Bees
May 13, 2017 | 11am-2pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Family Friendly

There are more than just honey bees in the world!  California has native bees that are important for pollination and our ecosystem!  Join us as we learn about our native bees, what they do and why they’re important!  This event is free and family friendly!

 

Citizen Science Initiative: Pollinator Projects
May 20, 2017 | All Day | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Family Friendly

The Ameal Moore Nature Center is a hub for Citizen Science!  We love helping citizens understand that they can help contribute to science and regularly help visitors join Citizen Science projects.  Sometimes it can be as easy as taking a picture!  Starting this year, we’re launching our C.S.I. (Citizen Science Initiative) days.  Every 3rd Saturday of the month, we’ll be specifically focusing on a Citizen Science Project and will be teaching visitors how they can get involved!  Join us and get your science on!

This month we’ll be focusing on pollinator related projects!

 

April 2017:

Guided Nature Hikes 
April 1, 2017 | 9-10am | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Family Friendly

Nature Hikes will be lead by nature center staff members every 1st Saturday of the month. The hike will start from the nature center and will begin at 9am unless otherwise indicated. Hikes are free and open to visitors (though please be aware that the hikes will go uphill). Hikes last for 1 hour.  Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen (and other sun protective gear if needed), and to bring water. If you would like to take pictures or use our free Nature Spotter app please feel free to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)!  Also, feel free to bring binoculars for any bird spotting.

Hikes subject to last minute cancellation due to weather.  Cancellations will be posted in the building, online at mysycamorecanyon.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Mysycamorecanyon

 

Junior Naturalist Spring Day Camp
April 3-7, 2017 | 7:30am-5:30pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | $150 (residents) $160 (non residents) | Ages 5-12

The Ameal Moore Nature Center will be hosting the IE Waterkeeper and their Junior Naturalist day camp for the week of spring break!  Campers will meet live animals, study skeletons and furs of local animals, investigate specimens under microscopes and create a personal animal track to take home.  Campers earn a Junior Naturalist certificate and badge, create a tracking guide, hike trails for animal tracks and document in their nature journal throughout the day.  Students must bring their own non perishable food, lunch and snacks will not be provided.  Cost is $150 per resident, $160 per non resident.  Ages are 5-12 (up to 6th grade).  The center will close to the general public on these days. Register online at RivReg.org

 

Nature Center Closure
April 6-7, 2017 | 9am-5pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | CLOSED

Due to the Junior Naturalist day camp during the week of April 3-7th, the nature center will be closed to the general public.  Restrooms and other nature center facilities will not be available on Thursday April 6th or Friday April 7th to visitors not participating in the camp.  Regular hours will resume Saturday, April 8th.  Thank you!

 

Second Saturdays: Arbor Day
April 8, 2017 | 11am-2pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Family Friendly

Trees don’t just provide us with shade and fruit- they’re also an important member of the ecosystem!  Trees provide food and shelter, but did you know they can clean the air and lower the temperature of a surrounding area?  That’s really great for us in Southern California!  Come learn about what trees do for us this Second Saturdays event as we celebrate Arbor Day!  This event is free and family friendly!

 

C.S.I.: Tree related projects!
April 15 | All day | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Family Friendly

The Ameal Moore Nature Center is a hub for Citizen Science!  We love helping citizens understand that they can help contribute to science and regularly help visitors join Citizen Science projects.  Sometimes it can be as easy as taking a picture!  Starting this year, we’re launching our C.S.I. (Citizen Science Initiative) days.  Every 3rd Saturday of the month, we’ll be specifically focusing on a Citizen Science Project and will be teaching visitors how they can get involved!  Join us and get your science on!

This month we’ll be focusing on tree related projects!

 

Nature Center Closure
April 16, 2017 | 9am-5pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | CLOSED

Due to the holiday, the nature center will be closed Sunday, April 16th.  We will resume our regular hours Thursday, April 20th. Thank you!

 

Science Chats: You Collect WHAT? (The Importance of Long-term Natural History Collections) 
April 21, 2017 | 6-8pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Adults

Entomology is the study of insects.  Our creepy crawly friends have a lot that they can teach us, but they don’t speak English very well.  Meet Ian Wright, Entomologist at UC Riverside and the scientist you want to know if you’re interested in hearing what insects can tell you!  Join us for this Science Chat while Ian shares the practice of specimen collection and the importance of long-term natural history collections.

Science Chats is our newest program- a lecture series just for adults!  These informative talks with scientists and professionals in science related fields happen on select Friday evenings.  Join us, hear from scientists in the area, and find out how your life is regularly influenced by science! These events are for ages 16 and up.  Please leave the little ones at home.

 

Nature Center Closure
April 29, 2017 | 9am-5pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | CLOSED

We’ll be closed on the last Saturday of the month, but join us at the downtown Riverside 3rd Annual Insect Fair!  We will resume our regular hours Sunday, April 30th. Thank you!

 

3rd Annual Riverside Insect Fair 
April 29 | 10am-4pm | Downtown Riverside | Free | Family Friendly

Join the us and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum downtown for this fun, free event hosted with the U.C. Riverside Entomology Graduate Student Association!  San Diego Zoo and the Bug Chef will be joining us as will insect themed vendors.  This is one event you don’t want to miss!  The fair is located on Mission Inn Ave. between Orange St. and Lime St.  The nature center will be closed on this day, but please join us at the fair!

 

March 2017:

Guided Nature Hikes 
March 4, 2017 | 9-10am | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

Nature Hikes will be lead by nature center staff members every 1st Saturday of the month. The hike will start from the nature center and will begin at 9am unless otherwise indicated. Hikes are free and open to visitors (though please be aware that the hikes will go uphill). Hikes last for 1 hour.  Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen (and other sun protective gear if needed), and to bring water. If you would like to take pictures or use our free Nature Spotter app please feel free to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)!  Also, feel free to bring binoculars for any bird spotting.

Hikes subject to last minute cancellation due to weather.  Cancellations will be posted in the building, online at mysycamorecanyon.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Mysycamorecanyon

 

Weed Warrior Day
March 4 | 9am-12pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

Join us as we pull invasive plant species at the park up!  Invasive species are damaging to our local area because they displace native plants!  We love our native plants for many reasons (including natural pest control, local pollinators use them, and they’re drought tolerant!) and want to help them out.  Conservationists will be with us to lead our day as they teach us about native and invasive species in the park and show us which ones to pull up under their supervision.

Suggested ages are 4 and up.  Please bring hats, work gloves, sun screen, water, good shoes, and snacks for yourself.  You can register electronically by Friday February 17th by noon at HERE.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Second Saturdays: Flower Lab!
March 11, 2017 | 11am-2pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet, but what makes it smell sweet to begin with?  How do flowers work and what makes them tick?  Flowers are important to our world- they’re vital to ensuring we have plants!  Join us this Second Saturdays as we have a Flower Lab to examine the different parts of flowers and learn about why they’re so important to us.   We’ll also be learning about the art of scientific drawing and will get to try our hand at it and watercolor!  This event is free and family friendly!

 

Science Chats: Something in the Water
March 24, 2017 | 6-8pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Adults only

The nature center is happy to announce its newest program for adults only, Science Chats!  These informative talks with scientists and professionals in science related fields happen on select Friday evenings.  These events are for ages 16 and up.  Please leave the little ones at home.

Ever wonder what could be lurking in your drinking water?  Riverside is supplied with ground water from local area wells in Bunker Hill, San Bernardino, and Riverside Basins.  But before it comes out of your tap, it’s tested by scientists like Janie Bernal to ensure it’s safe to drink.  Join us as Janie talks about the testing process and the bacteria she and others like her safeguard you from!

 

C.S.I.: eButterfly!
March 25 | All day | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

The Ameal Moore Nature Center is a hub for Citizen Science!  We love helping citizens understand that they can help contribute to science and regularly help visitors join Citizen Science projects.  Sometimes it can be as easy as taking a picture!  Starting this year, we’re launching our C.S.I. (Citizen Science Initiative) days.  Every 3rd Saturday of the month, we’ll be specifically focusing on a Citizen Science Project and will be teaching visitors how they can get involved!  Join us and get your science on!

This month we’ll be focusing on eButterfly.

 

February 2017:

Guided Nature Hikes 
February 4, 2017 | 9-10am | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

Nature Hikes will be lead by nature center staff members every 1st Saturday of the month. The hike will start from the nature center and will begin at 9am unless otherwise indicated. Hikes are free and open to visitors (though please be aware that the hikes will go uphill). Hikes last for 1 hour.  Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen (and other sun protective gear if needed), and to bring water. If you would like to take pictures or use our free Nature Spotter app please feel free to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)!  Also, feel free to bring binoculars for any bird spotting.

Hikes subject to last minute cancellation due to weather.  Cancellations will be posted in the building, online at mysycamorecanyon.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Mysycamorecanyon

 

Second Saturdays: Do That Birdy Boogie!
February 11, 2017 | 11am-2pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

Turns out, birds are pretty good dancers!  Who knew?!?!  Join us this Second Saturdays as we get down and boogie with the birds!  Bird courtship rituals often include songs and dancing!  Come in and learn a few steps with us as we dance the afternoon away and do that Birdy Boogie!  This event is free and family friendly.

Bird mating dance classes:
11:30am
1:30am

 

Science Chats: Riverside Coyotes: Friend or Foe?
February 17, 2017 | 6-8pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free |Adults only

The nature center is happy to announce its newest program for adults only, Science Chats!  These informative talks with scientists and professionals in science related fields happen on select Friday evenings.  These events are for ages 16 and up.  Please leave the little ones at home.

This month we welcome the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center and wildlife biologists to help us understand the issues surrounding the coyotes in Riverside.  Join us as we weigh in on the pros and cons of urban coyotes, coyote safety, and the various solutions to issues.

 

C.S.I.: Focus on the Backyard Bird Count
February 18 | All day | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

The Ameal Moore Nature Center is a hub for Citizen Science!  We love helping citizens understand that they can help contribute to science and regularly help visitors join Citizen Science projects.  Sometimes it can be as easy as taking a picture!  Starting this year, we’re launching our C.S.I. (Citizen Science Initiative) days.  Every 3rd Saturday of the month, we’ll be specifically focusing on a Citizen Science Project and will be teaching visitors how they can get involved!  Join us and get your science on!

This month we’ll be focusing on the Great Backyard Bird Count!  Grab your binoculars and start spotting!

 

Weed Warrior Day CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
February 18 | 9am-12pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

Join us as we pull invasive species at the park up!  Invasive species are damaging to our local area because they displace native plants!  We love our native plants for many reasons (including natural pest control, local pollinators use them, and they’re drought tolerant!) and want to help them out.  Conservationists will be with us to lead our day as they teach us about native and invasive species in the park and show us which ones to pull up.

Suggested ages are 4 and up.  Please bring hats, work gloves, sun screen, water, good shoes, and snacks for yourself.  You can register electronically by Friday February 17th by noon at HERE.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

January 2017:

NOTICE: Starting January 2017, the nature center will only be hosting guided hikes on the first Saturday of every month.  

Due to the holidays, the nature center will be closed on Sunday, January 1.

Guided Nature Hikes CANCELED due to rain and trail conditions
January 7, 2017 | 9-10am | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

Nature Hikes will be lead by nature center staff members every 1st Saturday of the month. The hike will start from the nature center and will begin at 9am unless otherwise indicated. Hikes are free and open to visitors (though please be aware that the hikes will go uphill). Hikes last for 1 hour.  Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen (and other sun protective gear if needed), and to bring water. If you would like to take pictures or use our free Nature Spotter app please feel free to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)!  Also, feel free to bring binoculars for any bird spotting.

Hikes subject to last minute cancellation due to weather.  Cancellations will be posted in the building, online at mysycamorecanyon.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Mysycamorecanyon

Second Saturdays: Skunks!
January 14, 2017 | 11am-2pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

Peeeeeeuuuu!  What’s that smell?!?!?! Uh-oh, there’s a skunk near by!   We bet you’ve never taken the time to get to know a skunk!  And with good reason- everything about them tells you to stay away!  But now here’s your chance to learn about them! Join us this Second Saturdays and learn about their natural defense strategies and why it’s a good idea to keep them farther than at arms length.  This event is free and family friendly.

 

What’s Bugging California? A Chat About Invasive Species with Dr. Mark Hoddle
January 21, 2017 | 11am-2pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

Have we been invaded? Have the invasives taken control??? Could they be in your backyard at this very moment? What IS an invasive, anyway? Come investigate for yourself at this fun and informative day at the nature center with special guest Dr. Mark Hoddle, UCR’s Biological Control Specialist and Principal Investigator.

 

C.S.I.: Focus on Stink Bugs!
January 21 | All day | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

The Ameal Moore Nature Center is a hub for Citizen Science!  We love helping citizens understand that they can help contribute to science and regularly help visitors join Citizen Science projects.  Sometimes it can be as easy as taking a picture!  Starting this year, we’re launching our C.S.I. (Citizen Science Initiative) days.  Every 3rd Saturday of the month, we’ll be specifically focusing on a Citizen Science Project and will be teaching visitors how they can get involved!  Join us and get your science on!

This month we’ll be focusing on Stink Bugs and the project ‘Seeking Out All Southern California Stink Bugs!’

 

Science Chats: Zika (everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask)
January 27, 2017 | 6-8pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free |Adults only

The nature center is happy to announce its newest program for adults only, Science Chats! These informative talks with scientists and professionals in science related fields happen on select Friday evenings.  These events are for ages 16 and up.  Please leave the little ones at home (no children’s activities will be provided).

This month we welcome Bill Van Dyke from the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District as he talks to us about the Zika virus.

December 2016:

Due to the holidays, there are several closures in December.

Guided Nature Hikes
December 3, 2016 | 9-10am | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

Nature Hikes will be lead by nature center staff members every 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. The hike will start from the nature center and will begin at 9am unless otherwise indicated. Hikes are free and open to visitors (though please be aware that the hikes will go uphill). Hikes last for 1 hour.  Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen (and other sun protective gear if needed), and to bring water. If you would like to take pictures or use our free Nature Spotter app please feel free to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)!  Also, feel free to bring binoculars for any bird spotting.

Hikes subject to last minute cancellation due to weather.  Cancellations will be posted in the building, online at mysycamorecanyon.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Mysycamorecanyon

 

Snakes! Mystery and Intrigue
December 3, 2016 | 11am-2pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

We love snakes! But we understand that they’re not for everyone.  But what is it about these reptiles that makes some people so uncomfortable? Join us as we learn about the mystery and intrigue of snakes from Dr. William K. Hayes with Loma Linda University’s Department of Earth and Biological Sciences.  Dr. Hayes will be bringing live snakes for us to see!  This event is free and family friendly.

 

Second Saturdays: Pinecones!
December 10, 2016 | 11am-2pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

What’s so great about a pinecone?  Well, a lot, actually.  They’re good for more than just holiday decoration.  Pine cones are at the heart of the reproductive process of evergreen trees!  Come and learn all about male and female pinecones this Second Saturdays!  This event is free and family friendly.

 

Guided Nature Hikes
December 17, 2016 | 9-10am | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free

Nature Hikes will be lead by nature center staff members every 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. The hike will start from the nature center and will begin at 9am unless otherwise indicated. Hikes are free and open to visitors (though please be aware that the hikes will go uphill). Hikes last for 1 hour.  Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen (and other sun protective gear if needed), and to bring water. If you would like to take pictures or use our free Nature Spotter app please feel free to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)!  Also, feel free to bring binoculars for any bird spotting.

Hikes subject to last minute cancellation due to weather.  Cancellations will be posted in the building, online at mysycamorecanyon.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Mysycamorecanyon

 

HOLIDAY CLOSURE
December 24-25, 2016 | All Day | Ameal Moore Nature Center
Due to the holidays, the nature center will be closed Christmas Eve (December 24th) and Christmas Day (December 25th).  We will resume our regular hours on Thursday the 29th.

 

HOLIDAY CLOSURE
December 31st-January 1, 2016 | All Day | Ameal Moore Nature Center
Due to the holidays, the nature center will be closed New Year’s Eve (December 31st) and New Year’s Day (January 1st).  We will resume our regular hours on Thursday January 5th.

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