Matt pointed out the native plant garden in front of the lodge and the riparian forest beyond, that has oaks, willows, California buckeyes, alders, firs, pines, and cottonwoods. Volunteers are gradually replacing invasive species such as eucalyptus and tree of heaven with native trees. During our visit, we saw a resident flock of wild turkeys, a kestrel, kite, and nests of Swainson’s and red-shouldered hawks.
For more information about Camp Pollock activities, visit www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org. It’s only minutes away from Boulevard Park by bike or car. You can rent the lodge, which accommodates 250, for special events or office retreats.