Spending too much time indoors can cause human skin to emit an unearthly white glow that attracts amorous moths and forces the sun to don shades. Eliminate the need for solar sunglasses with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a season pass to the Sacramento Valley Conservancy (a $40 value).
As a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting open spaces, the Sacramento Valley Conservancy oversees 10,915 acres upon which man and beast can frolic together, 4,400 of which where these outings take place. Season-pass holders get a taste of rock-star treatment with all-access admission to hiking, mountain biking, and other nature excursions, as well as all events at Deer Creek Hills Preserve. Docents lead the journeys, sharing knowledge about the land and its resources and ensuring participants know what to do when they encounter forks and spoons in the trail. On scheduled group bike rides, cyclists trace old ranch roads, cattle paths, and breadcrumb trails through the preserve’s savannah grasslands, all the while keeping watch for colorful songbirds and mislaid lions.
During a summer sunset hike incorporating stargazing, trekkers watch the earth swallow the sun. Meanwhile, those with their own horses can saddle up for equestrian outings. Members also receive discounts on special events and educational sessions, a subscription to the Sacramento Valley Conservancy newsletter, and an easily wielded sense of righteousness. Patrons must pre-register for all outings and events.