2018 Gala Live Auction Items

Truly Exotic Excursions

6 Day Babine “River of Grizzlies” Expedition for 2 people
with Canadian Outback Rafting ~ Value $6,800

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.Rafting on the Babine River

Babine River grizzlies

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!


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.


Exclusive exhilarating outings

Custom Horseback & Wild Plant Foraging Tour for up to 6 riders
Murphy Ranch Adventure ~ Value $1,200

Wild plant foraging on horsebackIncludes guided horse ride for riders of all levels, wild plant identification and a cold beverage foraged from the land. Available for up to 6 riders.

See the Yuba River canyon and the peaks of Donner Summit, while riding through wildflower meadows. Learn to identify seasonal wild plants used traditionally for food and visit a meadow home to indigenous inhabitants for the past 7,000 years. The horses are sweet companions and guides for any level of rider. This trip ends with sips of a cold native plant beverage, overlooking the mountains.

Living Wild by Alicia Funk

All participants receive a Living Wild 3rd edition book, signed by the author and tips on easy recipes for each season.

After your ride, kayak, paddle board and relax on a sandy beach and swimming hole in your private Yuba River retreat.

Donner Summit

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!


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!


Weekend Party Barge for up to 20 people on Englebright Lake
Value $600

Weekend Party Barge on Englebright LakeTime to play on beautiful Englebright Lake with all your peeps! Bid on this party barge good for up to 20 people Friday evening through Sunday evening at Skippers Cove Marina.

The party barge measures 10 feet x 20 feet with cooktop, propane barbeque, ice chest, picnic table, sink, top deck partial sun shade and half bath. Fuel not included. Requires security deposit.


Very Special Offerings

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

Mike Snegg Transluscent Norfolk Pine BowlAn exquisite translucent Norfolk Pine bowl hand-carved by Mike Snegg can be yours! Measuring 14” across and 5” deep, the “natural edge” of the bowl is 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.

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

Includes display lamp.


Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald Private event or performance ~ Value $1,000

Host a private event / party with exclusive performance by Modern folk musicians Paul Kamm (Achilles Wheel) and Eleanore MacDonald, in your home or other venue. A blend of contemporary and traditional styles, their music is graced by exquisite harmony, compelling songwriting, deceptively simple arrangements and intricate guitar work… all embraced by great heart. They’ve been applauded throughout the US as well as overseas for the lyrical content of their songs and vocal blend…a haunting style which weaves unique harmonies into a rich tapestry of guitar work and storytelling.

A concert with Paul and Eleanore is a night to remember…the depth and beauty of their lyrical and harmonic mastery is filled with color, their songwriting is stimulating, inspirational, magical, folky yet somehow all smoky jazzy and faraway places too, and it might make you want to get up and move…their powerful lyrical imagery and haunting and moving harmony always in honor of their folk roots.

Date dependent on performers schedule; weeknight preferred.  For private event only.  Please no ticketed events.

Includes a CD for endless enjoyment.

Visit for information visit Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald‘s website.


Fund A Need ~ Invest in YOUTH

Today’s children are our best hope for the planet’s future. Together, let’s make it bright!

Studies show that kids who play outdoors are healthier, do better in school, have better social skills, a better self-image and lead more fulfilling lives. When kids spend time outside, they begin to foster a wonder of nature and a feeling of personal responsibility to help conserve the environment. Did you know that YOU can invest in the lives of young people when you donate to BYLT’s Youth Appeal and help us reach a goal of $15,000. Your donationwill be used to purchase supplies for nature tool kits, produce educational content and provide guided outdoor experiences for future stewards of our trails and preserves. BYLT’s Youth Program includes outdoor learning and leadership opportunities like BioBlitz Youth FieldTrip SeriesJunior Conservationists: Stories in NatureHike Like a Girl, Internship Opportunities, andOutdoor Classroom Nature Education with participating schools on protected preserves and easements. 

YOU can make a difference in a child’s life.  Give a child the gift of Nature.