Field Trips

Tahoe treetop adventures zipline

Field Trips

Field Trip 1: Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park at Granlibakken

Wednesday August 7 from 1-5PM, Granlibakken Resort

The Tahoe City Treetop Park offers 97 tree platforms containing 27 zip lines and 60 bridges/events to accommodate participant ages 5+.

Additional park details

  • Beginner to advanced courses
  • Safety gear included. A full body harness and helmet will be supplied
  • Many trails for non-participating friends and family to watch
  • FAQ


  • 10 courses: 2 beginner, 6 intermediate, 2 advanced (minimum 49"/124 cm height requirement to do the Advanced course)
  • 97 tree platforms
  • 27 zip lines total ranging from 30' to 300' in length
  • 60 events/bridges, each one is unique

Cost: $65/person

Field Trip 2: The Tahoe Gal Emerald Bay Cruise

Wednesday August 7 from 12:30-4:30PM, Tahoe City

Relax with us as we cruise over the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe to the pristine Emerald Bay. Listen to our captain's live educational narration, which touches on historical and ecological issues of the Tahoe basin. Some of the spectacular sites on this tour include Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point, Rubicon Point, Fanette Island, Vikingsholm Castle and an occasional sighting of ospreys and bald eagles. Unwind and enjoy this Lake Tahoe Emerald Bay Cruise!

Transport from Granlibakken Resort provided. Lunch will be provided at Granlibakken—either a box lunch to bring or a sit-down meal prior to departure.

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Cost: $75/person

Post-Conference Trip: Clover Valley Ranch Wildlife & Wetlands Restoration

Camping Trip Friday August 9—Saturday August 10 (extension to Sunday August 11 possible)

Clover Valley Ranch collage

Just 1 hour drive north of Truckee, CA, on the north edge of the Sierra Valley, is a small multi-use valley where two landowner groups are taking innovative action to restore and promote beneficial uses of ranch land to benefit wildlife. WDA member and UC Davis faculty member Woutrina Smith is a part-owner of Clover Valley Ranch, and is leading the effort to increase wildlife habitat, implement sustainable grazing practices, restore wetlands, and conduct longitudinal research to demonstrate positive changes in the ecosystem over time.

Smith is inviting WDA Conference goers to her ranch for an overnight camping trip right after our conference, to demonstrate elements of this unique private-public enterprise. Visitors will sleep under the starry skies, go hiking to look for cinnamon bears browsing in the meadows, and listen for bald eagles flying overhead. Lake Davis and Frenchman’s Lake are nearby, and two creeks run through Clover Valley as the headwaters of the Feather River, which feeds the State Water Project.

We will depart for Clover Valley Ranch on the Friday afternoon August 9 right after the conference ends, and wrap up with organized activities by mid-day Saturday August 10.  For those who wish to linger, Smith will consider requests for second-night stays. Transportation to and from Tahoe City will be provided, as will a group dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, all outdoors in a camping setting. Ideally, participants will bring their own camping gear, though a certain amount of gear (e.g. tents, sleep pads) will be available to share.

Cost $150/person. Space is limited.