Natural Sciences Day Trip | Cruise the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 8 am–4 pm
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 8:00am

Join the OMCA Natural Sciences Guild for an adventurous day aboard The River Dolphin as we explore the cultural and natural history of this critical area of the state.  The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to more than 750 animal and plant species, more than 500,000 people call it home, and it is a recreation and tourist destination as well. Why makes it so important? The Delta is the hub of state, federal, and local water systems, providing at least some of the water for two-thirds of Californians—an important topic in this drought year.

What was the area like when first occupied by Europeans, and what has happened in the 200-plus years since? What does the future of the area hold? These questions and more will be addressed by Captain Ronn Patterson and first mate Barbara Fitzgerald. We will witness firsthand the levees, wetland areas, bird-life, and people, all of whom try to coexist in the Delta.

We leave OMCA by bus for Antioch Marina where we board the boat. We will enter the San Joaquin River before crossing Three Mile Slough and enter the Sacramento River.  Then, it’s upstream to Rio Vista for lunch and a visit to the local museum where the docents—many of whom were born locally—love to share their family experiences on the river and farms. We depart Rio Vista and head downstream to the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, the two greatest rivers in the state of California.

Cost is $130 and includes transportation, tea & coffee, Rio Vista Museum entrance, and lunch.

For further information or to reserve a space, contact Marilyn at 510-531-0348 or RhodesRDH@aol.com.

Need more info? Contact naturalsciencesguild@museumca.org

For more information about OMCA Guilds, including how to join and a list of upcoming trips, visit museumca.org/travel-guilds