Upcoming Special Programs

Scorpion Hikes - Exclusive Mt. Diablo Hikes

Discover some of nature's hidden secrets as you search for scorpions under the glow of a black light.  As dusk begins to settle in, many of the Mt. Diablo's wild critters will be out and about, soaking up the last of the sun's rays, or just beginning their day to seek out food and survey their territory.  Our two-mile hike will begin from Mitchell Canyon Visitor's Center at Mt. Diablo State Park.  Bring a flashlight, hiking shoes, and water.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  $6 parking fee (exact change please) at the Mt. Diablo's Mitchell Canyon Visitor's Center near Clayton. 

Register now for Scorpion Hikes.

  • Class # 47624     Ages 6 & up   Saturday, June 9th, 7:45-9:45pm
  • Class # 47625     Ages 6 & up   Saturday, June 16th, 7:45-9:45pm
  • Class # 47626     Ages 6 & up   Saturday, June 23rd, 7:45-9:45pm
  • Class # 47632     Ages 6 & up   Saturday, June 30th, 7:45-9:45pm
  • Class # 47633     Ages 6 & up   Saturday, July 7th, 7:45-9:45pm

Stories Under the Oaks   *FREE*


Join master storyteller, Mrs. Rice, in a free story time adventure.  Let your children curl up on their favorite blanket under the old oaks and immerse themselves into a critter fantasy world.  Stories will be accompanied with meeting live story critters up close. 

  • Ages 2-6, Thursday, June 14th, 1-1:45pm
  • Ages 2-6, Thursday, July 5th, 1-1:45pm
  • Ages 2-6, Thursday, August 23rd, 1-1:45pm

Reptile Rally 


Saturday, July 28th
11am-3pm

*FREE*
Rosy Boa
Reptiles: Resilient, remarkable, and resplendent from the tip of their noses to the end of their tails. The Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society (BAARS) will be sharing their amazing array of reptiles. Come face-to-face with creatures that have endured the test of time, are scaly, and love to bask in the sun. Bring the family and slither into an exciting day of learning about snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises. Make it a family day, bring a picnic, and enjoy getting back into nature.

Flight to Freedom


'A Modern Masquerade'

Saturday, August 25th
6:30pm - 9pm

Ages 21 & up, $80/person
Great horned owl peering at you
"Choose a mask and wear it well, so your true identity, no one can tell..."  We invite you to join us for a Modern Masquerade as we celebrate our 21st annual Flight to Freedom!

Enjoy an evening of 'Masquerade Magic' filled with fine wine, beer, and an Italian-inspired meal, all while listening to music provided by our guest band 'Four and More'. 

For the highlight of our evening, witness the release of young owls raised through Sulphur Creek's wildlife rehabilitation program.  Take part in an exclusive behind-the-scenes wildlife hospital tour, live animal presentations, and silent auction.

Download a ticket order form and mail or drop it off to Sulphur Creek today to secure your spot!

Tarantula Hikes – Mt. Diablo


Discover Mt. Diablo’s Gentle Giants, the California Tarantula. These often maligned and feared spiders are completely harmless to man. Find out where they live, what they eat, how they survive, and why we only see them in the fall. Take a moderate slow 2 mile hike, (approximately two hours) looking for tarantulas and their burrows. you will also be introduced to some of the flora, fauna, and history of Mt Diablo State Park. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, a snack if needed, and dress for the weather. Hike starts at Mt. Diablo’s Mitchell Canyon Visitor’s Center near Clayton. Space is limited, and hike will proceed rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Additional cost: $6 parking at the Visitor’s Center, bring exact change. Map and directions will be emailed with your registration details. Cost: $15/person

  • Class # 49511   Ages 6 & up   Sunday, August 12, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Class # 49512   Ages 6 & up   Sunday, August 19, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Class # 49513   Ages 6 & up   Sunday, August 26, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Class # 49514   Ages 6 & up   Sunday, September 2, 4:30-6:30pm