Save Mount Diablo's free public hike series is returning soon for its second year.
The program, called "Discover Diablo" and sponsored by the Shell Martinez Refinery, offers guided family walks, hikes and property tours throughout the year.
There will be two events taking place every month throughout the year. The first one is the "Pine Canyon Family Hike," taking place on Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Interested hikers can meet at the Orchard Staging Area, 1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek.
"It is the goal of the 'Discover Diablo' program to build connections between people, Save Mount Diablo, and the land, helping communities develop a strong sense of place and a deepened appreciation for our collective backyard," said Ted Clement, executive director of Save Mount Diablo. "Most importantly, we want to cultivate a love of the land in participants -- so as to grow the land ethic and stewardship for our precious Mount Diablo area."
The events will all take place on a Save Mount Diablo property, which aren't usually open to the public, or on the land of collaborating agencies, like Mount Diablo State Park, East Bay Regional Park District and Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation lands. Part of the purpose of this series is to showcase to the public both Save Mount Diablo's current property holdings and those that the organization has helped to protect over the years.
"We are pleased to sponsor this opportunity for people to explore and discover the beauty of Mount Diablo, a wonderful natural resource in our own backyard, with experienced guides," said Ann Notarangelo, external relations manager for the Shell Martinez Refinery. "We hope that people will enjoy learning more about the diverse habitats and the striking vistas while spending time outside with their families and friends."
For a full list of year-round hikes, visit the Discover Diablo website.