For 16 years now, historian Nick Cataldo has been guiding groups of history buffs through the San Bernardino Valley, stopping at points of historical interest and telling the stories of each spot.

The rich heritage of San Bernardino makes for colorful stories, and Cataldo wants to tell them.

His one-day course, "Sojourn through the San Bernardino Valley: 1776 to the Present" is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The class, offered through Cal State San Bernardino's Office of Extended Education, will involve a vehicle caravan, some walking (no more than 1 mile, total), and visiting some of the area's many "historic sites. "

Those attending will be provided with an opportunity to explore some of the colorful historical points of the San Bernardino Valley and learn about the role the valley has played in Southern California for more than two centuries. Spanish explorers, American Indians, Mexican rancheros, Mormon colonists, missionary priests, citrus growers, the railroads, the military - and an occasional horse thief - are all part of the story.

"History is not boring because people are not boring," said Cataldo, who is also a special education teacher at Anderson School in San Bernardino, where he teaches students ages 12 to 22, who have severe mental and physical disabilities.

The class will start with a 7 a.m. no-host breakfast to discuss the day's events at Denny's on Palm Avenue, just south of Kendall Drive in San Bernardino. For those who want to skip breakfast, the class starts at 8 a.m.

The group will stop for lunch at the Rialto Historical Society Museum. Lunch will be served there for $5-$6, or you may bring a sack lunch.

Cost of the class is $83 for non-credit. There is an additional fee for one unit credit.

Those interested should call the office of Extended Education at 909-537-5976 for space availability.

Bring good walking shoes, a camera, water, notebook, pencil or pen, and clothing suitable for both warm and cold weather.