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Truly Exotic Excursions

6 Day Babine “River of Grizzlies” Expedition for 2 people with Canadian Outback Rafting ~ Value $7,150 CAD ($5,500 US)

Babine River grizzlies

Spanning over 6 days, the Babine “River of Grizzlies” Rafting Expedition will take you deep into the wilderness of Northern British Columbia with extraordinary wildlife sightings including grizzly bears, eagles, salmon and more, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Coast Mountain Range. Visit one of the few remaining pristine and untouched areas of the world. Over 6 days you will experience the thrill of class IV whitewater rafting, encounter wildlife in the most natural setting, and rejuvenate yourself in a sacred headwaters river integral to the area’s native heritage.

Donated by: Canadian Outback Rafting


A day with “Redhawk” ~ Exclusive Lake Tahoe excursion for 4 ~ Value $1,000

Thanks to owners Lew and Debra Dobbins, Bear Yuba Land Trust is offering an exclusive Lake Tahoe Cruise in a meticulously restored, award winning, twenty-four-foot 1929 genre, Christ Craft triple cockpit wooden boat. An excursion on Lake Tahoe like none other!  Included in a grand day at Tahoe is a private tour of the Tahoe Maritime Museum and a gourmet lakeside picnic for four at the historic Stanley Dollar home on Chinquapin property near Dollar Point. Laura McKnight sold this property to the Dollar Steamship family and moved to the west shore to build Vikingsholm on Emerald Bay.  Stanley Dollar was a Gold Cup Unlimited hydroplane racer in Skip-a-Long and Tahoe was its home base.

This day will highlight Lake Tahoe History and give the winning bidders a glimpse of Tahoe’s heralded wooden boat culture that is alive-and-well thanks to The Northern California Chapter of The Antique and Classical Boat Society, Tahoe Yacht Club and their Concours D’Elegance boat show. Held early in August, it is the zenith of Classic Boat Shows in the United States and abroad.

As conditions allow, we will try to accommodate any cruise destination request. Winning bidder must be flexible as this outing has to coordinate the logistics required with weather and availability of all parties involved. The tour includes a video copy of Godfather II for viewing afterwards.

Donated by: Lew and Debra Dobbins, Trent Pridemore and Stanley Dollar Family


South African Photo Safari for 2 – Donated by Zulu Nyala Group ~ Value $5,950

This is a once in a lifetime experience for two at the Heritage Safari Lodge or Luxury Tent Camp in the Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve in South Africa! This unforgettable trip, in one of the richest wildlife conservation regions in Africa, includes six days and nights in luxury accommodations, three gourmet meals per day, and two game viewing activities per day guided by professional game rangers.

Experience the magic of Africa!

Donated by:  Zulu Nyala Group


Three-night getaway in Luxury North Tahoe Lakeside Chinquapin Condo ~Value $1,600

Tahoe Condo at ChinquapinEnjoy a three-night getaway on North Lake Tahoe between Tahoe City and Carnelian Bay, at a North Shore Luxury Condo – Chinquapin. This includes dinner for two at Crystal Bay Casino Steak and Lobster House. Condo sleeps two adults plus bunk beds for kids. Includes one-mile of private lakefront with hidden paths, six tennis courts, piers and secluded beaches. Explore Tahoe – hiking, bike riding, kayaking, birding, and more!

Excludes: Major holidays and summer season June 15 – Sept. 15.

Donated by:  Trent and Karen Pridemore & Crystal Bay Casino Steak House


Exclusive exhilarating outings

Sheepherding demonstration and 1/2 Lamb from Forever Farm, Kramer Ranch ~ Value $600

Enjoy an exclusive sheep herding demonstration on a BYLT Conservation Easement along Wolf Creek featuring Carol Kramer and her working dogs.  Learn how the lambs are raised on a very special local Forever Farm, Kramer Ranch!  The Kramer Ranch features an historic Nevada County barn that dates to the 1860s.  Farm visit will include sheep herding and tour of the historic barn.  A great family outing for kids of all ages!  Bring friends and family – no specific limit on participants.  Spring lamb season is a fun time on the farm!

Plus 1/2 butchered lamb – your choice of cuts packaged freezer ready – to serve at your own table.  Sheep are local grass fed raised on the farm just south of Grass Valley. Available Spring 2020. Donated by: Carol and Andy Kramer, The Kramer Ranch


Exclusive ride for you, your horse & 3 additional Riders around historic Robinson Forever Ranch plus 30lbs Beef to Serve at your table  ~ Value $750          

An exclusive equestrian tour of the 3,000-acre Robinson Ranch and BYLT Conservation Easement. Owned by the same family for over 150 years, the Robinson Ranch is one of 12 original ranches in Nevada County.  Some 200 calves and cows grace the sprawling grasslands and habit that also supports diverse wildlife species and native grasses.   Learn the history of the ranch and the family’s sustainable vision for the future.  Enjoy lunch or supper on the ranch with your ride!

30lbs of delectable packaged beef cuts including steaks, ribs, stew meat, roast and ground beef to serve at your own table.  Local grain fed, all-natural beef.  No hormones, no antibiotics.  Raised with tender loving care on the Robinson ranch in Penn Valley!

Donated by: Family of Neil Robinson


Wood duck banding with California Waterfowl Association ~ Value $400

You and up to 5 others will enjoy a morning or afternoon of banding Wood Ducks and counting eggs with a California Waterfowl Association (CWA) Biologist. You will meet at a CWA conserved property in the Sacramento Valley (Gridley/Colusa Area) and assist a CWA Biologist in banding Wood Duck hens nesting in Wood Duck boxes. California Waterfowl created the California Wood Duck Program in 1991 to increase both nest boxes and citizen involvement in the fate of wood ducks. Since then, more than 800,000 ducklings have hatched and leapt from these nest boxes. The California Wood Duck Program is the biggest citizen science effort of its kind and is partnered with UC Davis researchers who are doing innovative studies about wood duck nesting habits and social networks.

This event is available in May or June of 2020 and is perfect for family and kids. Group Size 4 – 6.

Donated by: California Waterfowl Association


Guided Fly-Fishing Excursion for 2 with Joe Byrne and Frank Rinella, Sierra Guide Service ~ Value $700

Joe Byrne fly fishingForever popular, this exclusive fly-fishing excursion with Joe Byrne and licensed guide Frank Rinella of Sierra Guide Service will not fail to impress. Joe and Frank will help you select a site in the beautiful Bear or Yuba watershed to match your skills and interest. Excursion includes instruction followed by an exhilarating half-day guided catch and release fishing experience. Lunch and gear provided.

Bring your own boots and waders (Depending on size may be provided).  Must have valid CA fishing license!

Donated by: Joe Byrne and Frank Rinella, Sierra Guide Service


Exclusive Bird Banding with Ornithologist Allison Nelson ~Value $650

Bird banding - phot by David RosenYour party of 4 will be awed by this exclusive, sunrise bird banding adventure with local ornithologist Allison Nelson. Allison, founder of Gold Country Avian Studies, established a bird banding station at Bennett Street Grasslands Preserve. Western Nevada County’s only ornithologist registered to conduct bird banding, Allison will demonstrate how birds are caught, documented and released in the unique meadow that is one of the last remaining Grass Valley grasslands for which our area is named.

A dream birding experience! Up close and personal!

Donated by: Gold Country Avian Studies 


Patio Barge for up to 10 people at Emerald Bay ~ Value $250

Enjoy a day cruise on Bullards Bar with friends and family. New Bullards Bar Reservoir has a certain unique beauty. It is located in the Tahoe National Forest and is considered to be one of the best kept secrets in California.

Available for up to 10 people, the 26’ Gregor Patio Pontoon Boats feature easy to use controls, spacious floorplans and a canopy. Perfect for a lazy Bullards Bar cruise, picnic or sightseeing adventure. Ideal for boating beginners.

Donated by: Emerald Cove Marina


Very Special Offerings

Exquisite Norfolk Island Pine wooden salad bowl handcrafted by Artist Mike Snegg ~ Value $800

An exquisite translucent Norfolk Pine salad bowl hand-carved by Mike Snegg can be yours! Measuring 14” across and 8” tall, the “natural markings” of the bowl are defined by the symmetrical ring of branches that are particular to this beautiful Norfolk Pine. Local artist, Mike Snegg is world renowned for his handcrafted wooden vessels. This beautiful salad bowl will be admired and treasured while you serve bountiful meals to friends and family.

A very similar Norfolk Island Pine bowl that Mike carved from Kauai and signed by President Carter sold for $32,500 at a benefit for the Carter Center in July 2018.

“Making bowls from trees is the discovery of that internal shape, which has grown in the wood for years waiting to see light. I find growth rings and activity that tell the story about the life and history of the forest and the tree itself. Working with this tough wood takes skill, strength, experience and an artist’s touch to achieve a razor-sharp natural edge – much less an entire vessel that’s so thin it has a dramatic, translucent glow.” Mike

Donated by:  Mike Snegg


And the list goes on …

2 round trip flight tickets – Southwest ($800 value) : Is the travel bug biting? scratch that itch by flying anywhere in the US and its territories before September 2020, NO BLACKOUT DATES!

2 Admission Tickets ($80) – San Diego Zoo or San Diego Safari Park: Get ready for a day full of family fun and education in beautiful San Diego! experience majestic wild animals up close and personal, learn unique facts about your favorite animals at a keeper chat, and be wowed by visiting a stage show or animal encounter. These tickets include a guided bus tour and tram rides!

Wine tasting and tour for 8 – Nevada City Winery ($100 value) : Grab some friends and experience a day in downtown nevada city, sipping on award winning wine and getting a behind the scenes look at nevada county’s oldest winery.

1 pass to Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan 2020 ($150 value)- SYRCL: Experience one of the most outstanding film festivals and get inspired by the award-winning films featuring stories about nature, adventure and conservation.

2 weekday nights stay for 2 and one month membership – Sierra Hot Springs ($225 value) : Enjoy this beautiful getaway to Sierra Hot springs. Soak in the tranquil waters, relax and unwind!

Certificate for 1 round of golf and cart for 2 people ($160) – Ridge Golf Course : Grab your best golf buddy and hit the course! You are sure to have a fun filled day out on this beautiful golf course in Auburn, CA.

$100 Certificate dinner for two- New Moon Café: get out for that long overdue date night at one of nevada city’s premier dining spots. enjoy fresh and fabulous food in a lovely downtown atmosphere!

October 20th, Michael Brown piano concert 2 tickets ($84 value) – In Concert Sierra : get swept away by the music of this award winning pianist. known for his creative programming mixing classics and originals, you will be sure to have a memorable night listening to and watching this talented composer.

KNOMO London Waterproof Laptop Backpack ($99 value) – Leslie Tenboer: grab this fully waterproof roll top backpack for all your activities! This beautiful and multi-functional backpack can fit all the items you need for whatever your day throws your way. whether it be a day at the office or a day out adventuring in nature.this backpack can handle it all!

1 Night Stay In Peppermill Tower & $100 Gift Card ($350 value)- Peppermill Reno: enjoy a weekend away at one of reno’s premier luxury resorts. Try your luck in the casino, soak up the sun and relax poolside, or indulge at one of the many fine dining options offered at the resort.

and even more!


Fund A Need ~ Invest in Litton Trail

“We are excited to announce that this year’s Fund-a-Need pledges will support improvements to our very first trail project, the Litton Trail,” says Seward. “Decades later, this trail has proven to be an amazing community asset that serves all ages and abilities in the heart of a busy live, work and play center.  Our vision is to provide accommodations and upgrades that meet the needs of the community well into the future.”

Litton Trail is a well-established trail through an informal urban greenbelt in the vicinity of the Sierra College campus in Grass Valley. The greenbelt is a blend of small forest reserves associated with a country club, irrigation canal, community college, high school, and retirement community in this area. The Litton trail ties them all together with lots of variety and interest.  Trails require ongoing care and maintenance.  On Litton Trail our summer interns have just completed enhancing the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation Memory Garden  with native pollinator plants.

Litton Trail Memorial / Pollinator Gardend

In addition, the City of Grass Valley has agreed to provide $30,000 of match funding for the revitalization of the Litton Trail. Thus each Fund A Need dollar will be doubled.