March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Posted: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

by David Pummill

Gray Lodge Wildlife AreaThere are so many opportunities for science learning outside of the classroom, this month’s issue of CCS is devoted to informal science education. Most of us conjure images of museums, zoos, aquariums or science centers when we hear informal science education. You don’t have to go to a building, however, for science learning to take place. The great outdoors can be a wonderful classroom!

Most of CSTA’s Region One is within a few hours drive to one of the Central Valley’s little known treasures, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. This wetland is located about 60 miles north of Sacramento. The wildlife area includes more than 9,000 acres and is located along the Pacific Flyway resulting in wide diversity of wildlife. In addition to the wetlands there’s also riparian woodland and a freshwater marsh. Wildlife is on display year-round, although fall and winter are most exciting as the migratory waterfowl fill the area.

Ninety-minute tours are available on the weekends (through February) and you don’t need reservations for groups with fewer than 12 people. As with most of the informal science education destinations highlighted in this issue of CCS, the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area has an informative website – see below for details about some of the information you can find on their site.

The website’s Seasonal Wildlife Viewing Guide and Birds of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area are very informative publications. In addition to this bird checklist you can find these: Amphibian/Fish/Reptiles List, Mammal List, and Vegetation/Habitat List.

Gray Lodge offers opportunities for photograph, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and car, walking, and bicycle routes. Educational tours and nature study programs are explained in the current Educational Brochure.

Contact Information:

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
3207 Rutherford Road
Gridley, CA 95948

Tours and Outreach: Naturalist Office
Phone: (530) 846-7505
Email: Lori.Dieter@wildlife.ca.gov 

Fees: A day use pass is required for a charge of $4.32 per person. However, this fee is waived for visitors less than 16 years of age, and a valid California hunting, trapping or fishing license will also get you a free day pass to Gray Lodge. The hours are sunrise to sunset.

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Written by David Pummill

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David Pummill is a retired California science teacher and CSTA’s Region 1 Director.

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