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Spring is in the Air! – a Plein Air Outing

May 20, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Join us for a morning of art in the outdoors! Placer Artists Tour and Placer Land Trust are partnering for this plein air painting, drawing, and photography outing. This is not a docent-led event, but there will be a Placer Land Trust Volunteer present to guide you to scenic places on the preserve, or to answer questions. You can stroll to Raccoon Creek or through the oak woodlands to sketch, paint, and photograph the beauty that catches your eye during a season of nature budding out after winter. Works from the event will be shared with the public at a specially organized show; location and date TBD.

About Taylor Ranch / Big Hill Preserves:
These preserves protect critical unfragmented oak woodlands in the Raccoon Creek and Bear River watersheds and are part of one of the last relatively “wild” areas in western Placer County. The trails on these preserves meander past spectacular rock formations, the gently flowing Raccoon Creek, and panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada foothills and Sacramento Valley. Learn more about this beautiful preserve here.

This is a free event; however, donations help make these activities possible! We suggest a donation of $10 per person or $25 for a family. You can donate during registration, and we’re happy to accept cash or a check at the event in an envelope with your name written on it.


  • You may only register yourself and members of your household. People outside of your household must register themselves.
  • The deadline to sign up is 5 pm on Wednesday before the event unless the event fills first.
  • Space is limited! Please only register if you will be attending so that you don’t take a spot away from someone else.
  • If you signed up and can no longer attend, please contact Elia by email.

Participants must sign a release of liability available here. Please print it and bring it with you on the day of the event. One form per household. Parent signature is required for children under 18.

This activity is a wilderness outing in a natural setting. PLT reserves the right to cancel an event in cases of extreme weather, bad air quality, rain, or other conditions beyond our control.

Directions to the Preserve will be emailed after registration. Check your spam folder if you do not receive the email within 15 minutes of registering.

Click here for more information and to register.


Big Hill Preserves
Big Hill Preserves
North Auburn, CA United States
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