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NATURE - Hikes - Talks - Stewardship
 

by Vesta Copestakes

Sonoma County Integrated Parks Plan (SCIPP) ~ The Sonoma County Integrated Park Plan (SCIPP) is a strategic plan that establishes a vision to guide the ongoing and future work of the Regional Parks system. The vision outlined by the plan seeks to align Sonoma County’s parks and open spaces with local and regional economic, environmental, and community initiatives, while strengthening the mission of Sonoma County Regional Parks. More info such as maps and recommendations are found at www.parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov.  Support and encourage the use and development of our park land!

By Date:

Mar 11 ~ Arbor Day Tree Planting Party - The Arbor Day event is part of our Park-A-Month volunteer program, in which a different park each month is spruced up by neighborhood and community volunteers. Families are welcome. Refreshments will be provided, and Arbor Day attendees will have the opportunity to win a tree seedling and other special gifts in the prize giveaway. All trees and tools will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes as it will most likely be muddy outside. This is a rain or shine event -- trees like the rain! 9-12p - Juillard Park 227 Santa Rosa Ave. SR - Contact: Elaine Gutsch 707-543-3279 egutsch@srcity.org -srcity.volunteerhub.com/Events/Event/Summary.aspx?EventID=3640734 

Mar 11 - Public Hike Public Hike at Pepperwood Preserve- Join us for fun, exercise, and learning! Explore Pepperwoods forests and grasslands as you learn about animals, plants, natural history, and ecological management of our 3,200 acre preserve. This is a moderate to strenuous hike of 3-4 miles. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch to enjoy on the hike. FREE, with registration 9am - please arrive 10-15 min early for parking. Dwight Center at Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa http://pepperwoodpublichikes.brownpapertickets.com

Mar 11 & Mar 18 - Bohemia Ecological Preserve Hike Docent Training - Come be a part of the vibrant community of volunteers who share this amazing property! Hike Docents are instrumental in providing public access opportunities and creating a vibrant People Powered Preserve. Hike Docents will, after a thorough training process, take on the duties of leading hikes scheduled for the public at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve. The first training date is scheduled for Saturday, March 11 9 -2p.  This will be the first in a series of trainings designed to prepare volunteers to lead hikes at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve. Space is limited, registration required. First 2 days of training FREE, subsequent enrichment courses $20 each, scholarships available.  6773 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental landpaths.org/eventdetails

Mar 18 ~ Family Walk at Pepperwood Preserve - Join our experienced trail leaders for these fun and informative walks designed specifically for families with kids. We will explore Pepperwoods unique habitats and stop frequently to touch, discover, play games, and learn about the many amazing plants and animals that call them home. Backpacks are welcome, but no strollers please. All are welcome to stay and picnic after the walk. This will be a moderate walk of 1.5 miles at a slow pace. Hablamos Español! FREE, with registration 10am - please arrive 10-15 min early for parking. Dwight Center at Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa pepperwoodfamilywalks.brownpapertickets.com

Mar 25 ~ Making Paper from Junk Mail - Join Bay Area artist Lessa Bouchard to learn how to make paper from your own recycled junk mail and natural materials. Spend the morning shredding your unwanted insurance and credit card offers and learn the diverse ways people make paper across the globe! Then we will head outside to collect materials from our preserve as ingredients for making our own paper to take home. All materials will be provided and final products will be shipped to participants after the class. Lessa is a Children’s Fine Art Instructor with the Palo Alto Art Center and artist-in-residence at the Cubberly Art Center. $5 min donation, 10a - please arrive 10-15 min early for parking. Dwight Center at Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa papermaking.brownpapertickets.com 

Mar 25 ~ Saturday  Solar Viewing 11am - 3pm Specially filtered telescopes allow safe observation of our favorite star – our Sun. Solar viewing is FREE.   Public Star Party 6:00pm Observatory's 3 main telescopes plus additional telescopes are open for viewing. Ongoing presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions. Please arrive before 11 PM to assure that we stay open for you! Admission to RFO Star Parties is $3.00 per adult (18 and older), under 18 FREE State Park Admission is $8.00 per car Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 2605 Adobe Canyon Road Kenwood, CA

Apr 2 – 30  ~ Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve Wildflower Walks  - Join Sonoma Ecology Center naturalists for one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in all of Sonoma County.  This outing is a beginning-level walk over gently sloped land, through grassland, generally not on trails, so footing can be uneven. The walk crosses a few small creek channels, which sometimes have shallow water with stepping stones. Walks will go on in light rain, but heavy rains will cancel the walk. FREE, starting at 9a. Walks fill to capacity on a first-come, first-served basis every year, early registration is encouraged!  Directions and day-of-contact information will be emailed upon registration.Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve, Grove Street, Sonoma. Contact Holland Gistelli at 707 996-0712 ext. 108, or holland@sonomaecologycenter.orgsonomaopenspace.org/locations/van-hoosear-wildlife-preserve/

  • April 2: 9a -12p
  • April 8: 9a -12p
  • April 12: 9a -11a
  • April 22: Family Friendly Earth Day Walk 9 - 11a
  • April 26: 9a - 12p
  • April 30: 9a - 11a

Apr 7 ~  Animal Encounters: Get Up Close and Personal with Wildlife! - Get close to wildlife like never before during this unique presentation by wildlife educator Bonnie Cromwell. You’ll learn about many fascinating mammals and reptiles, how they are adapted to their environment, and how you can help protect wildlife closer to home. A local Sonoma County resident, Bonnie has been educating children and the public about the wonders of wildlife for over 40 years. Her company, Classroom Safari, brings live animals to Bay Area classrooms. Children are welcome! $10 suggested donation, students FREE, no reservations necessary. 7p Dwight Center at Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa pepperwoodpreserve.org

Apr 22 ~ Hike to Lake Ilsanjo - Celebrate Earth Day! Join Volunteer Hike Leader Chad Carlson on a trail route to Lake Ilsanjo at Trione-Annadel State Park for a picnic lunch, stoping along the way to pick up litter and share ways of  reducing our everyday impact. Families are encouraged! Route includes approximately 500-foot elevation gain over about 5 miles of varied trails. Includes a one-hour lunch break at Lake Ilsanjo. Bring a picnic lunch! Heavy rain cancels. Fee-free hike. $7 day-use fee per car for park entrance. No advance reservations needed. 9a - 1p, approximately. Dogs are not allowed.  Meet at Warren P Richardson Parking Lot (end of Channel Drive), Trione-Annadel State Park, 6201 Channel Drive, Santa Rosa. parks.ca.gov/  

California State Parks  

Whale Watching Begings a Bodega Head - 3799 Westshore RdBodega Bay,

The Whale Watch Public Education Program was started in 1986 by our Whale Mother, Bea Brunn, as a response to the public's growing concern and awareness of the fragile relationship with the dwindling population of remaining whales.

The whales begin their journey at their summer feeding grounds off Arctic waters of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, to their winter calving lagoons off Baja California, Mexico, traveling south along the coast. They return after breeding or with their young via the same route, usually closer to shore with the mothers on the outside and the calves closer inland for protection.

State Parks Volunteer Docents  are stationed at Bodega Head on weekends from January   through Mother's Day weekend in May. Potential docents are required to attend one of the three General Orientation Sessions, as well as the Whale Watch Docent Training. For more information, contact Sarah Angulo via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 5#.

Apr 22 ~ Hike to Lake Ilsanjo - Celebrate Earth Day! Join Volunteer Hike Leader Chad Carlson on a trail route to Lake Ilsanjo at Trione-Annadel State Park for a picnic lunch, stoping along the way to pick up litter and share ways of  reducing our everyday impact. Families are encouraged! Route includes approximately 500-foot elevation gain over about 5 miles of varied trails. Includes a one-hour lunch break at Lake Ilsanjo. Bring a picnic lunch! Heavy rain cancels. Fee-free hike. $7 day-use fee per car for park entrance. No advance reservations needed. 9a - 1p, approximately. Dogs are not allowed.  Meet at Warren P Richardson Parking Lot (end of Channel Drive), Trione-Annadel State Park, 6201 Channel Drive, Santa Rosa. parks.ca.gov/

Sonoma County Regional Parks
parksstg.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Activities/Calendar.aspx

New Spring Activities Guide Features Hikes, Outings and Events Activities Guide Available!  Highlighting Regional Parks' 50th Anniversary, the first ever spring activities guide is now available and features new hikes, outings and special events. Available as a free download at sonomacountyparks.org, the free guide brings together information for nearly 100 activities in March, April and May, many of them offered for the first time. Activites for families with young children, adults, new hikers, dog owners and golden anniversary activites to celebrate Regional Parks 50th anniversary. All events FREE! Printed copies are available at Regional Parks’ Santa Rosa office at 2300 County Center Drive and at staffed entries to Spring Lake, Doran Beach and Ragle Ranch parks. All activities are also listed by date on Regional Parks’ web calendar parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Activities/Calendar.as

Mar 1 ~ Sunrise Seekers - Rise and shine with an invigorating, fast-paced hike on the first Wednesday of each month. We'll hike 5 miles through rolling grasslands and majestic oaks up to an outlook for 360-degree views at sunrise. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a headlamp or flashlight as we will start before dawn. Free - Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.  This month at Helen Putnam Regional Park - 411 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma - For more information, call (707) 565-3080. 

Mar 2 ~ Settle Down at Sun Down - Busy week? Feeling tense? Come unwind and immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a unique park experience with park interpretive staff and guests that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and grounded. Join us for a series focusing on outdoor wellness and relaxation exercises like meditation walks, journaling, stretching, and deep breathing at twilight. Free 5:30-7p - Coastal Prarier Trail, Bodega Bay Community Center - 2255 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay -707-565-7888

Mar 9 ~ Settle Down at Sun Down - Busy week? Feeling tense? Come unwind and immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a unique park experience with park interpretive staff and guests that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and grounded. Join us for a series focusing on outdoor wellness and relaxation exercises like meditation walks, journaling, stretching, and deep breathing at twilight. Free 5:30-7p - Ragle Ranch Regional Park 500 Ragle Rd, Sebastopol 707-565-7888

Mar 16 ~ Settle Down at Sun Down - Busy week? Feeling tense? Come unwind and immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a unique park experience with park interpretive staff and guests that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and grounded. Join us for a series focusing on outdoor wellness and relaxation exercises like meditation walks, journaling, stretching, and deep breathing at twilight. Free 5:30-7p - River Front Regional Park  7821 Eastside Rd, Healdsburg 707-565-7888

Mar 22 ~ Spring Equinox Celebration - Celebrate the beginning of spring at the Environmental. We will revel in the blooming of wildflowers, birthing of baby animals and the 50th anniversary of Regional Parks. Hike to frog pond to find newt eggs, create spring crafts, and help us track plant species for a citizen science project. Violetti Road entrance. Spring Lake 393 Violetti Rd. Santa Rosa Free. 1p Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. 707-539-2865 
parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/_templates_parks/EventDetail.aspx?id=2147530341

Mar 29 ~ Winging it Wednesday - We'll be "Winging It" the last Wednesday of each month, exploring Sonoma County's birding parklands along wheelchair accessible routes. The walk lasts 2 hours, moves at an easy pace, interactive and fun for all ages. If you cannot stay the entire time, you may return to the starting location at your convenience. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours. Carpooling is encouraged. Heavy rain cancels. Free 8:30a Riverfront Regional Park 7821 Eastside Rd. Healdsburg 

Mar 30 ~ Settle Down at Sun Down - Busy week? Feeling tense? Come unwind and immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a unique park experience with park interpretive staff and guests that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and grounded. Join us for a series focusing on outdoor wellness and relaxation exercises like meditation walks, journaling, stretching, and deep breathing at twilight. Free 5:30-7p - FootHill Regional Park 1351 Arata Ln, Windsor 707-565-788

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods ~ Volunteer, learn, or teach! Register at www.stewardscr.org or 707-869-9177. Email: stewards@stewardscr.org.  All events $20 unless noted otherwise. (See the 2017 PDF full year: stewardscr.org/cms/images/2017_OTS_brochure.pdf)  (2nd Wednesday of the Month) – Trail Crew at Armstrong Redwoods – Meet at the Maintenance center

Mar 11 ~ Drawing from Nature: Botanical Art Seminar
Mar 12 ~ Tidepool Program Volunteer Training (Classroom) Free - 1:30 - 4:30 AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office)  Advice the Public on how ot safely navigate the intertidal zone and model respect for fragile intertidal resources. 
Mar 17 ~ Project Learning Tree Workshop - 9-4p AR Volunteer Center  ( Stewards Office) Project Learning Tree is an award winning environmental education program designed for teachers, non-formal educators, parents and community leaders working with youth from pre-school to grade 12. Call for more info
Mar 18 ~ Wildflower Hike in Austin Creek  - $16- $209a-5p Carpool from Stewards Office - Discover Austin Creek's marvelous plant and animal sanctuaries of seldom seen beauty and delight. Floral expert, Peter Warner will highlight the beauty of meadering creekside and coastal trails, and provide opportunities to observe and appreciate abundant flowering plants that brighten Austin Creek. This is a moderate to strenuos hike. 
Mar 25 ~ Forest Therapy Walk - $16 - $20 - 10a-1p Pomo Canyon Campground- Embark on a relaxing, guided stroll through Pomo Canyon. Explore ways to support overall well being through interntional sesory immersion in nature. For Adults only 
Mar 27 ~ Tidepool Program Vounteer Training (Field Visit) 4-7p North Salmon Creek (Miwok)

Apr 1 ~ Learning Together, Teaching One Another (Teaching Resource Day) Free 9-4p AR Volunteer Center Stewards Office 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville
Apr 2 ~ Exploring the Intertidal Zone Field Seminar $16 - $20 9-3p Shell Beach Hwy 1 Jenner
Apr 15 ~ Tracking: Seeing Patterns on a Landscape $16 - $20 9-3p Bodega Dunes Campground 3095 Hwy 1 Bodega
Apr 16 ~ Easter Sunday Kids Low Tide Colorful “Critter” Hunt -  An unforgettable experience. Kids will search the tidepools for colorful critters full of magic and delight. We will also have the Steward Ship on display, host a traditional colored egg hunt, and have a craft table where kids can color and learn about Spring (e.g. baby animal season) Pre-registration recommended $10 per Family 8:30-11a Campbell Cove - Westshore Rd. Bodega Bay
Apr 23 ~ The Wonders of East Austin Creek for Intrepid Hikers $16-$20 9-4p Carpool from Stewards office 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville
Apr 29 ~ Dia Del Niño/Day of the Child/Family Day Armstrong Redwoods State Park - 
We will offer bilingual nature activities, guided walks, food, music, horse and carriage rides ($5), and shuttle service. Free 11-3p - 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville  SNR picnic area

May 13 ~ Introduction to the Coastal Prairie $16 - $20 8-11a Jenner Visitor Center 10439 Hwy 1 Jenner
May 20 ~ Birding on the Sonoma Coast $16-$20 1-4p AR Volunteer Center 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville
May 20 ~ Wildlife Viewing by Kayak $16-$20 9-12:30p AR Volunteer Center 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville
May 20 ~ Seal Watch Volunteer Training Free 1-4p Jenner Visitor Center 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville & Goat Rock State Beach Hwy 1 Jenner
May 21 ~ Cultural History of the Lower Russian River $16-$20 1-4p AR Volunteer Center 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville

UC California Naturalist Certification Course

UC California Naturalist Certification Course
Fee: $475.95 members, $594.95 non-members (includes tuition & certificate, handbook is $34.95 extra) 
Classroom dates:Tuesday, February 14, 21 & 28, Tuesday, March 7, 14, & 28, Tuesday, April 4 & 11, Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office)
Field Trip dates: Sunday, February 12 & Sunday, April 2, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Locations TBD
Campout: Saturday - Sunday, March 11 - 12, Bodega Dunes Campground
Instructors: David Berman (Sonoma County Water Agency), Meghan Walla-Murphy (Ecological Consultant), Guest lecturers TBA
This 40+ hour course combines classroom and field experiences. Discussion topics include geology, water, weather, soils, plants, forests, wildlife, interpretation, environmental issues, and citizen science. Students commit to weekly homework assignments and complete a capstone project of their choosing.
Sign up for California Naturalist through our E-Store under Special Programs.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park ~ www.sugarloafpark.org/event. FREE unless specified. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. $8 parking fee.

Saturdays ~ Harvest Market ~ Veggies and fruits come straight from our garden. Also have local, organic olive oil, lavender and beautiful bouquets of flowers. 9a-noon. Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7thg St East, Sonoma.
Volunteer News ~ New Book by Park Steward Inga Aksamit ~ Park Steward and Backpacking instructor Inga just published a book about her trip along the John Muir Trail with her husband Steve.   5 stars on amazon!  "An honest account of a woman’s trek on the John Muir Trail is captured in this lively trail journal. Celebrate her joy as the beauty of the High Sierra in California is slowly revealed, feel the comradery of trail friends she meets along the way and sympathize with her when all she wants is for the trail to end."   Purchase here!  
Feb 25 ~   Brunch on Bald Mountain 
Mar 18  ~ Intro to Backpacking Class - Join local author and backpacking instructor Inga Aksamit for a three-hour classroom session going over introductory information in the first hour and looking at examples of state-of-the-art backpacking gear in the next hour. The instructors will bring a fully packed backpack, then unpack it so you can see what’s in it. No actual hiking in this instructional session. The goal of the class is to introduce participants to modern backpacking techniques and equipment, which have generally reduced the expected weight that must be carried to enjoy a wilderness experience. $10, 10a  
Apr 22 ~ 75 Volunteers needed at Sugarloaf on Earth Day ~ 8-12p     Trail repair. Install 20-25 water bars in 3 locations on upper Brushy Peaks trail and one location on lower Brushy Peaks Trail. Currently water on the trail causes erosion and sedimentation and makes the trail difficult to use in wet weather. The Project will require hiking 2 miles to the Upper Brushy Peaks Work Site. Some workers will be shuttled.      Bald Mt. Road repair. Some areas of the road have eroded and are in need of fill. Road is in danger of becoming impassible, limiting access to back area of park for park staff and visitors.  Volunteers will fill in eroded road areas with gravel and compact with vibra plates. Registration opens on Feb 20 - Sign up here: http://www.calparks.org/help/earth-day/

Robert Ferguson Observatory 

Mar 25 ~ Saturday  Solar Viewing 11am - 3pm Specially filtered telescopes allow safe observation of our favorite star – our Sun. Solar viewing is FREE.   Public Star Party 6:00pm Observatory's 3 main telescopes plus additional telescopes are open for viewing. Ongoing presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions. Please arrive before 11 PM to assure that we stay open for you! Admission to RFO Star Parties is $3.00 per adult (18 and older), under 18 FREE State Park Admission is $8.00 per car Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 2605 Adobe Canyon Road Kenwood, CA

Pepperwood Preserve ~ Pepperwood's 3,200 acre preserve serves as a refuge for over 900 species of plants and animals. We are a San Francisco Bay Area leader in ecosystem-climate research, producing critical science to help guide our region's natural resource management and conservation planning. Pepperwood offers environmental education opportunities for all ages.
2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa, 707-591-9310 x204 pepperwoodpreserve.org. Event Line: 707-524-9318. FREE of charge unless otherwise 

Mar 4 ~ The Incredible World of Plants - $5 suggested min donation
Mar 4 ~ Volunteer Workday
Mar 11 ~ Public Hike
Mar  18 ~ Family Walk
Mar 25 ~ Making Paper from Junk Mail
Mar 2 ~ Illustrating Wildflowers in Colored Pencil
Mar 23~JUST FOR MEMBERS - State of Pepperwood Address 
Apr 7 ~
Animal Encounters: Get Up Close and Personal with Wildlife! $10 suggested donation

View all upcoming classes and events

Laguna de Santa Rosa ~ 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa. www.lagunafoundation.org To see more events from the Laguna Foundation visit their website by clicking here.

Mar 3 ~ Garden Volunteer Day - 9a 
Mar 4 ~ Drawing Green Leaves and Stems, colored pencil workshop with Nina Antze 
Mar 9 ~ Raptors of the Laguna talk with Larry Broderick 
Mar 11 ~ Raptors of the Laguna walk with Larry Broderick 
Mar 16 ~ An Evening with Clint and Lucy McKay 
Mar 23 - 25 ~ Rare Pond Species Workshop with Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez 
Mar 26, Apr 23, May 21 ~ Spring Birding in the Laguna series with Lisa Hug 
Apr 20 ~ Geology talk with Dr. Jane Nielson 
Apr 29 ~ Day of the Child, special Open House and activities 
May 6 ~ Writing the Watershed, workshop with Elizabeth Herron,
May 19 ~ Spring Fling in the Wilds of the Laguna, hike and picnic with Denise Cadman, 

Landpaths ~ 618 4th St #217, Santa Rosa ~ LandPaths.org ~ outings@landpaths.org ~ Pre-registration required, FREE unless specified. Prergestration may be required. 707-544-7284 (press 1)

Feb 22 ~ Workday at the Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve 9a - 1p
Feb 25 ~ Riddell Ecological Preserve Bilingual Work Day 1- 2p
Feb 25 ~ Modini Mayacamas Preserve Permit Orientation and Ethnobotany hike Free 10a - 2p 
Feb 25 ~ Watershed Hike at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve 10a-2p Free 
Feb 26 ~ Yoga + Garden at Rancho Mark West.  10- 12:30p. Rancho Mark West
Feb 26 ~ Dogbane Cordage & Stewardship 12:30 – 3:30p. Dogbane Preserve
Mar 3 ~ Workday at Riddell Preserve - City Corporation Yard, 550 Westside Rd. Healdsbrug 9-1p 
Mar 3 ~ Stewardship Workday - Fitch Mountain Ecological Preserve. 9 - 1p. 
Mar 4 ~ Trail Stewardship Day - Rancho Mark West, 1 - 4p.
Mar 11 ~ Hike Docent Training - Bohemia Ecological Preserve March 11th and March 18th 9a - 2p 
Mar 11 ~ Workday Fitch Mountain Preserve Villa Entrance 908 Chanticleer Way 9-1p
Mar 11 & Mar 18 - Bohemia Ecological Preserve Hike Docent Training - First 2 days of training FREE, subsequent enrichment course $20 each, scholarships available 9 - 2p landpaths.org/eventdetails
Mar 16 ~ Workday at Riddell Preserve  City Corporation Yard, 550 Westside Rd. Healdsbrug 9-1p
Mar 17 ~ Workday Bohemia Ecological Preserve City Corp. Yard, 550 Westside Rd. Healdsburg 9a - 1p
Mar 22 ~ Stewardship Workday at the Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve 499 Arabian Way Healdsburg Free 9-1p  City Corporation Yard, 550 Westside Rd. Healdsbrug 9-1p 
Mar 26 ­~ Yoga + Garden at Rancho Mark West.  10- 12:30p. Rancho Mark West
April 8 ~ Azalea Occidentalis Hike. 10- 2p. Bohemia Ecological Preserve
April 9 ~ Encountering the Myster - A different kind of day walk at Bohemia 9a-3p $25  

Madrone Audubon ~ The Board meets at 7PM the first Wednesday of the month at 55 Ridgway Ave, Ste. A, Santa Rosa, in the Environmental Center. INFO: (707) 546-7492 madroneaudubon.org for more details.
Mar 4 ~ Ellis Creek, Ellis Creek Water recycling Facility 8:30a - 12Noon,  Ellis Creek always has an assortment of waterbirds and marshland species, with frequent flyovers over hawks and falcons. From Highway 101 in Petaluma, go East on 116 (Lakeville Highway), and right on Pine View Way, then left on Cypress Drive. Go to the end of the road and through the gate. We will meet in the parking lot, near the bathroom. More Info:  Gordon Beebe, gdbeebe@earthlink.net, 583-3115. 
Mar 15 ~ Bodega Bay - Cypress Day Use Area in Doran County Park 8:30A - 2:30p $7.  To meet the group, take Doran Park Road from Hwy. 1 at the southern end of Bodega Bay harbor, then enter Doran County Park (a Sonoma County park permit or $7 entrance fee is required). Continue 0.5 miles past the park entrance to the parking lot of the Cypress Day Use Area on the left side of the road. After birding the Doran Park area, the group will search the harbor and adjacent seas and woodlands for birds. Weather permitting, the group will eat a picnic lunch on the west side of the harbor.  More Info: Tom McCuller, t.sisyphus@comcast.net, 707-546-1812

Modini Mayacamas Preserves ~ The Modini Mayacamas Preserves are located 8 miles northeast of Healdsburg on Pine Flat Rd, 4 miles above Hwy 128 and the Alexander Valley. Pre-registration for events is appreciated. More info can be found at MeetUp page: www.meetup.com/Friends-of-the-Modini-Mayacamas/

First Fridays -  9am - 2pm:  Birds and Botany(recurs on first Fridays) ~ MEETS AT SCHOOLHOUSE FLAT, 30 minutes up Pine Flat Rd from Jimtown. Hike led by Patrick Woodworth - Birder & ACR Volunteer, and Dave Self, ACR Resource Ecologist. We'll quietly bird by ear and sight around Pine Flat and up Redhill, then after lunch, we'll focus on botany, considering the seasonal uses of plants as food, cover, and insect habitat.Check the Meetup page the night before in case we reschedule due to weather.
Information Resources & Volunteers of the Modini Mayacamas –by David Self, ACR Resource Ecologist

 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Mar 1 - Apr 5, 2017 - Docents Needed at Quarryhill Botanical Garden - Quarryhill is a 25-acre woodland botanical garden nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, featuring over 25,000 wild-origin plants in a naturalistic setting. It is not only a modern-day ark of rare and beautiful plants, but a place where education and conservation are at the heart of their mission and run as deep as the tranquil ponds and seasonal waterfalls that flow through. If you want to volunteer, but are afraid you don’t know enough about plants, don’t worry! You don’t need to have a botanical or horticultural background to be a docent. They will teach you everything you need to know. Training will be held on 6 Wednesdays, March 1st – April 5th, from 9:00-noon. To sign up, call Eva Corbin at 707.996.6027 or email her at ecorbin@quarryhillbg.org.

We're looking for folks with skills, energy and expertise to help maintain trails, lead hikes, develop and offer other education programs for the Preserves or the Conservation Center, maintain the native garden, collect seeds and grow plants for restoration, and photograph plants and animals. spore clusters (sori) under a fern leaf; Contact: Dave Self, ACR Resource Ecologist: david.self@egret.org, 707.431.8184 ext. 503

Redwood Region Ornithological Society For location and other information contact Bill Doyle @ shortbill@comcast.net   www.rros.org

Sonoma Garden Park ~ 19996 7th St East, Sonoma.
Sat ~ Harvest Market, 9a-12p
Sat ~ Tour the Garden 11a 

REI Santa Rosa Outings and Events 2715 Santa Rosa Ave. Santa Rosa 707-540-9025
Feb 28 ~ Rock Climbing Basics 7P - 8:30PM FREE  Join REI for an introductory class in rock climbing. Participants will leave with an understanding of the different types of climbing, what gear is necessary and the basics on how to get started. Note: this is an informational class - not an "on-the-wall" climbing session.  Register Here  
Mar 7 ~ Bike Maintenance Basics - Level 1 7P-8:30PM  FREE Routine bike maintenance keeps you riding smoothly and prolongs the life of your bike. Join us for this introductory class to help you take care of your bike!  Register Here  
Mar 14 ~ Discover California's Trans-Sierra Route 7P-8:30PM FREE  Come learn about the inspiring trans-Sierra adventure, a week-long 75-mile journey across remote sections of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to the summit of Mt. Whitney (14,505 feet).  Register Here  
Mar 18 ~ Garage Sale 10A-3PM, FREE  Get out your membership card so you can access rock bottom prices on used gear and clothing! Not a member? Join today to take advantage of these bargains. 
Mar 21 ~ Backpacking Basics 7P - 8:30PM  FREE REI will take the mystery out of Backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation, and gear. Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear.  More details here 

More REI Santa Rosa Events can by found here


Winter Bird Walks on San Pablo Bay with the Sonoma Land Trust 

First and Third Saturdays, December through February, 9:30—11am, Free Join Sonoma Land Trust’s docent bird guides for a walk along the tidal marshlands to observe an abundance of bird species who utilize this rich habitat. Open to seasoned birders and newcomers alike!

WALKING IN SONOMA COUNTY...MOSTLY ~ sign up for Lynn Millar’s BLOG to find out where she’s walkig and when. backtowalking.wordpress.com/about/ These walks start at 10am. We are usually done between 11:30 and noon

WORK DAYS:  STEWARDSHIP ~ Lend a hand to help support and maintain our local parks! Without help from you, many parks wouldn't exist!
2nd Wednesday ~ Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods ~ alternating sites: Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, and Austin Creek State Recreation Area www.stewardscr.org
4th Wednesday ~ Sonoma Coast State Park Willow Creek. www.stewardscr.org

Ongoing CREEK & RIVER Cleanups

Prince Memorial Greenway (ages 5 to adult)
10:00 am - noon. Meet at Olive Park. On the first Saturday of every month help take care of restored Santa Rosa Creek flowing through the heart of downtown. The Greenway provides a home for river otter, kingfishers, egrets, and steelhead trout as well as parks, public art, and recreation along the six mile creek trail. Clean-up supplies provided. www.firstsaturdaycleanup.org.
Park-A-Month Volunteer Program (family friendly)  9:00 am - noon, rain or shine. 2nd Saturday of the month from March to October. Discover a new park every month. The Park-A-Month Volunteer Program offers fun, family-friendly events where residents can make a difference in their parks. www.srcity.org/parkamonth 
Riverkeeper Park  Wednesdays, 9a-Noon. Volunteers needed to help build the educational park which will teach others about fish ecology, the role of flooding, water conservation, water quality and environmental education. Main tasks will be planting, weeding, mulching, watering plants and more. No experience necessary. 16132 Main St, Guerneville. 707-433-1958 or email info@russianriverkeeper.org. www.russianriverkeeper.org 
Laguna Stewards   Saturdays, 9:00 am - noon. Volunteers assist in willow sprigging, exotic plant removal, native plant and tree planting, trails construction and maintenance, and restoration project monitoring. Little or no experience or knowledge is needed, training is provided. Only heavy rain cancels. Snacks are on us, but do bring gloves, water, and a friend!  No RSVP required. For locations contact Brent Reed, Restoration Projects Manager. 707-527-9277 ext 101. brent@lagunafoundation.org http://www.lagunadesantarosa.org/news_volunteer.shtml

Laguna de Santa Rosa Volunteer Day ~ First Fridays of the Month starting 9:00am - Noon at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, Help maintain and enhance the Laguna Environmental Center's "outdoor classroom." Activities include planting, weeding, spreading wood chips, and general site cleanup. We are also looking for several people with gardening experience to serve as team leaders on scheduled work days. The native plant landscape includes wildflowers, grasses, sedges, trees, forbes and herbaceous plants. There are 14 heritage fruit trees around the historic farmhouse as well as a small vegetable garden to represent the period the farmhouse was constructed. The site also includes beautiful views, spots to have a picnic, a living willow tunnel in the Children's Playscape, a bridge over a swale, a pond with wetland plants (plus Western Pond Turtles and a pair of Mallards!), and an observation deck. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly (reply to this email). Heavy rain cancels. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring a personal water bottle, sunscreen and gloves. No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn about native plants. Training and tools will be provided, plus abundant and hearty snacks.  Hope to see you soon! Maggie Hart, Outreach Coordinator (707) 527.9277 x.100 maggiehart@lagunafoundation.org
Guerneville, Monday at 4 pm - 6 pm Help clean up Riverkeeper Park, The Footbridge and Downtown Guerneville, Gloves, Pickers and Brooms will be there. For more info or to talk trash call Chris at 707-322-8304. chris@cleanriveralliance.com
Adopt-A-Beach® The Coastal Commission runs a year-round cleanup program called Adopt-A-Beach®. Help us keep the California coast debris-free all year long.  http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/aab1.html
Schoolyard Cleanups  Want your students to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day but can’t get them out on a field trip to a beach or local waterway? Want to show them that environmentally responsible behavior can begin at their school and in their own neighborhood? You can organize a Schoolyard Cleanup and accomplish all of these goals.www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/schoolyard/

EXTRA INFO  Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are the state's only grassroots conservation delivery system that identifies local conservation problems and guides solutions on a voluntary basis. From the dust bowl crisis to addressing climate change today, the RCD is your on the ground resource. There are 96 RCDs throughout California - each covering a different geographic territory. The Sonoma RCD covers 919,000 acres, or over 85% of Sonoma County, and includes the Russian River, Petaluma River, Sonoma Creek, Stemple Creek, and Gualala River Watersheds. See the maps of our district.In a wonderful illustration of our mission, "A State of Harmony depicts the shared land ethic behind the important protection and stewardship work being done by RCDs and Land Trusts in California. Check it out!

READER SUGGESTION Take a walk, bring a bag and gloves or pick-up tool. Every tie you see trash, pick it up and take it with you. Parking lots are especially messy, so when you park at a beach or recreation area parking lot, bring out your bag and spend 10 minutes cleaning up. Taking the kids to a playground? While they are on the swings, pick up trash. Keep a small rake in your car, a dust pan and broom. Give yourself something to do while they play. They will learn by your example.