Behind the Scenes at a Wildlife Hospital: In this presentation, visitors to Lindsay Wildlife Museum watch as hospital staff perform medical exams and treat injured, sick or orphaned baby animals, in a specially created exhibit area with a view into the treatment room, while staff narrates. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, through Labor Day. 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. Cost included in general admission. $6.50-$8.50. 925-627-2913, www.wildlife-museumorg.
Family Volunteer Day: Spend a day volunteering as a family making animal toys at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation. Participate in a tour and visit with a rescue animal. Bring blankets, sheets and towels to benefit the animals at ARF. All ages are welcome. 10:30 a.m.-noon June 28. 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Registration is required at www.givegrow.org.
It's A Bug's World!: Explore the world of bugs, their homes and foods in the garden. Listen to a few "buggy" stories then dig in dirt, collect insects, inspect them, and release ladybugs to help keep aphids under control. For young children and their families. Noon-1 p.m. June 28. Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Class is free however a $5 donation helps support education programs. www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org.
Common Poorwill Bird Walk in White Canyon: Listen for the sounds of the Common Poorwill and local owls during an easy, evening walk to Red Road. The return hike in the dark may also turn up some interesting wildlife. Wear hiking shoes; bring a flashlight, binoculars, liquids and snacks; dress in layers. Limited to 15 participants. 7-9 p.m. June 28. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Trailhead. $6 per vehicle; $5 for seniors. Reservations required. email@example.com.
Small Animal Adoptions: Guinea pigs, hamsters and rats will be available for adoption. Free pictures with new pets, coloring contest, discounts and more. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 29. Petco, 2005 Crow Canyon Place, San Ramon. www.petco.com.
"Home in the Desert": Children ages 2-5 explore animals who make their home in the desert through arts, crafts, activities and more. Nut-free refreshments provided. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. 10 a.m.-noon, June 30. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. $20. $10 members. $6 for each additional child. 925-627-2913, www.wildlife-museum.org.
Good Deed Dogs' Donation Drive for Service Dogs: Through June 29 donate at any Mattress Discounters store or online to help support training and making these highly skilled dogs available for those with disabilities. www.mattressdiscountersdogs.com.
"Mini" Bunny Bonanza Adoption Event: Rabbits from multiple rescue groups will be available for adoption from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 5, at the Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court. www.haywardanimals.org.
Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe: Presentation by Wendy Blakeley, conservationist, artist, and life coach on her more than 20 years of travel and conservation work in Africa. 6:30 p.m. July 2. San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery St., San Ramon. Free. 925-973-2850.
Pet Adopt-a-thon: The Oakland waterfront will welcome more than 350 adoptable animals looking for permanent homes as well as canine demonstrations, pet vendors, $10 microchip implants for dogs and activities for kids. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 19. Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland. Free. 510-645-9292, www.jacklondonsquare.com.
Native Bees and Native Plants-Pollination for the People!: An introduction to pollination ecology, the wild world of bees and pollinator-friendly gardening for those who want to learn more about these hardworking critters. Learn about the life cycles and biology of bees, different types of bees, the special relationship between bees and flowers, what can be done to support more bee and insect life in your garden and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 19. Institute of Urban Homesteading, 60th and Adeline streets, Oakland. $35-$65 sliding scale. 510-927-3252, http://iuhoakland.com.
Picnic with your Pooch: Enjoy a walk around the park, (the person who walks the most laps wins a special prize), play games; demonstrations, vendors, then picnic with your pooch courtesy of Contra Costa Humane Society and Rubios. A variety of dog food and bones will be provided. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 20. Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. $25. Children 12 and younger and dogs are free. All proceeds benefit CCHS animals and programs. 925-279-2247, ext. 306, www.cchumane.org.
Design Clinic-Urban Animals: Join others from the community to sip a glass of wine or tea and talk about the joys and concerns of keeping urban livestock. Instructors will be on hand to facilitate and answer questions on a wide variety of animals including chickens, goats, rabbits, turtles, squab and quail. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. July 22. Institute of Urban Homesteading, 60th and Adeline streets, Oakland. $5-20 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds. 510-927-3252, http://iuhoakland.com.
Terrific Tuesdays: Through a variety of activities and programs, children ages 2-5 learn about the natural sciences. Nut free snacks provided. Parent attendance required. Six-week and 12 week programs available. 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 2. Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. $15 for first child, $5 for each additional child. 925-947-6712, www.gardenshf.org.
Butterfly Walk: Join Sally Levinson, Garden volunteer propagator, docent and caterpillar lady on a search for butterflies. 3-4 p.m. Fourth Tuesdays monthly, through Oct. 28. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive. Free with garden admission. Space limited. Children welcome. Register by calling 510-643-2755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine Coon Cat Adoptions: Cat adoptions held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. first weekends monthly at Pet Food Express, 3868 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. www.mainecoonadoptions.com.
Animal Feeding at Ardenwood: Check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and learn the animals' favorite foods. 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. 510-544-2797, www.ebparks.org.
Xtreme Bugs Exhibit: Featuring more than 100 giant bugs, some that are animatronic, including a 15-foot-long Japanese hornet, a fluttering monarch butterfly, a ladybug, a line of marching ants, an orchid mantis, stink bugs, spiders, honeybees and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Sept. 1. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. $11-$17. UC Berkeley students and staff, and children three and younger are free. www.lawrencehallofscience.org, 510-642-5132.
Loma Vista Farm: Field trips and tours are available for schools, day cares, garden clubs, senior centers and other groups, Monday through Friday throughout the spring and summer. 707-556-8765, www.lomavistafarm.org.
Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish. 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org.
Delta Discoveries: Drop by Big Break Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in February and learn about the wonders of the Delta through arts and crafts activities. 69 Big Break Road, Oakley. 510-544-3050, email@example.com.
Women on Common Ground: Series of naturalist-led programs for women who love the outdoors but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying local parks. For a schedule of events, call 510-544-3243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animeals: The Valley Humane Society operates a pet food pantry that provides regular free meals for dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families. Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food are always accepted, even if opened or recently expired and can be dropped off during open hours at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Pet-related items such as litter, treats, and toys are also needed. Pet food distribution takes places through partnerships with local food banks: Pleasanton: Valley Bible Church, first Thursdays monthly, 7106 Johnson Drive. Livermore: Tri-Valley Haven, third Wednesdays monthly, 3663 Pacific Ave. http://valleyhumane.org/programs/animalsanimeals.
"See Spot Work": -- Odin, one of Mountain View's police dogs and his handler, Officer Hansen, will demonstrate how this hard working dog helps keep law and order. All Ages welcome. 11 a.m.-noon June 28. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St. Free. 650-903-6887.
Fishing in the City: Learn to fish clinics teach the basics of fishing to children and adolescents ages 5-15. Equipment and tackle are provided. There is no charge for the clinics but there may be a park entrance fee. Each adult may bring two children; a driver's license is required for a rod loan. For information, email email@example.com.
Dog Book Reading Club: Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Free. 408-262-2133, www.hssv.org.
Dog Day Mornings: Dogs romp and play off-leash in a supervised atmosphere every Saturday morning, (through Dec. 13) rain or shine. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations, have attended a basic obedience class and all dogs six months and older must be altered. Two sessions: 9:30-10:30 a.m. for dogs all shapes and sizes. 10:30-11:30 a.m. for small dogs only. Peninsula Humane Society,
12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. 650-340.-7022, ext. 184, www.bringfido.com/event/11508.
Pet Loss Support Group: Facilitated by experienced grief counselors. Meets 7 p.m. second Thursdays, monthly. Lantos Center of Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. 650-340-7022, ext. 344; firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORCAL Miniature Horse Show: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. June 21. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Chris Beck Area, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-225-4417, www.sonomacountyfair.com/events.php.
Second Chance for Pets Annual Auction Fundraiser: Silent and live auctions, wine and food, adoptable cats and dogs and live entertainment. All proceeds do directly to help pay for vet care, spay/neuter, rehabilitate and find homes for shelter animals. 1-5 p.m. June 29. Bell Lane Property, 1114 Bell Lane, Napa. $35. Free parking. 707-258-2278, https://wtf2014.eventbrite.com.
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue: Meet Muttville's senior dogs who are looking for a forever home. See available dogs at www.muttville.org. If interested in a specific dog, call ahead so that particular dog will be there to meet you. Noon-3 p.m. Saturdays, through June 28 and noon-3 p.m. Sundays, through June 29. Muttville Headquarters, 255 Alabama St. 415-272-4172.
Puppy Social: Let your puppy (six months or younger) blow off some steam while learning proper behaviors and socializing with other puppies. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays. K9 Scrub Club, 1734 Church St. Free. Advance registration required. 415-648-2582, http://k9scrubclub.com/pages/puppy-social.
Animal Loss Support Group: Meets 7-8:30 p.m. third Thursdays monthly. Santa Cruz SPCA Building, 2601 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz. Free. Reservations: 831-465-5000.
Woof to Woof Dog Extravaganza: This family friendly event offers a day of dog focused fun including parades, contests, dog vendors and dog demonstrations by local canine pros. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle. Dogs must be on leash. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7. Skylark Soccer Field, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. Free. 831-458-9766, www.santacruz.org/events/index.php?evtid=6769.
AROUND THE STATE
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Guided Wetlands Tours: A wildlife naturalist will lead a group (minimum of 18 people) through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Learn wildlife identification and behavior patterns, conservations efforts and more. The experience can be customized to include requested information, along a half-mile walking route. For information and scheduling, call 530-846-7505 or email email@example.com. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html.
Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.
MOBILE ADOPTION SITES
Animal Rescue Recon, Inc.
Contra Costa County Animal Services
Homeless Animals Response Program
Saturdays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, 4655 Century Plaza Blvd., Pittsburg; cats only.
Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Petsmart, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5879 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs only.
Sundays: Noon-3 p.m. Pet Food Express, Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch; dogs and cats.
Send animal related events to firstname.lastname@example.org.