Get Outta Town

Did you know that over Wild & Scenic Weekend we have a variety of ways for you to get outside, on the trail, in the water or just get grounded? Take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the fest and downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley to get yourself outside. Check out all of the excursions we offer below. Some require registration or a fee to participate so be sure to read through the descriptions carefully.


EcoPaddle on the Yuba: 6th Annual River to Reel Community Conservation Paddle
Join Rivers for Change and SYRCL for a paddle day on the lower Yuba River. You will have an opportunity to view one of SYRCL’s innovative restoration projects, and view gold mining tailings (viewable from outer space) left over from hydraulic mining. It’s the perfect chance to get on the river and learn about the Yuba before enjoying a weekend of inspiring films at the festival. Generously sponsored by Alpacka Raft.



upper-and-lower-rock-lake-and-culbertson-lake-12-10-30-14Hirschman Pond Hike with Bear Yuba Land Trust
Sunday, January 15, 11am

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) for this three-mile Sunday morning stroll exploring Hirschman Trail and Pond. Located a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, this lovely trail tells the story of environmentally damaging Gold Rush hydraulic mining and how nature heals itself over time. The trail’s centerpiece is Hirschman’s Pond named after the pioneer miners and merchants, the Hirschman brothers. The first 0.4 mile is constructed to ADA standards, providing access for people of all mobility levels. At the pond, we’ll look for wildlife such as waterfowl, turtles and otter. Along the hike we’ll learn lore of the land and identify native plants found in the mixed conifer forest and meadows of this important public open space. Moderate difficulty.  Meet at the trailhead on Cement Hill Road; on the right just up from the intersection with Hwy 49. Learn more:; 272-5994 x 211


Yoga All Weekend!
A Place of Refuge: The Golden Mandala Donation Yoga Studio, 417 Broad Street, Suite B.  Offering Donation Based Yoga (All proceeds benefit SYRCL). Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9:00-10:15am and 3:00- 4:15pm. Mats and props are provided. Doors will be open to the community and film festival goers between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm as a place of refuge.