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Glen Oaks Ranch Events

This 234-acre property, located in the Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen, was bequeathed to the Land Trust in 2001. In addition to exceptional wildlife habitat, the Ranch's Civil War-era stone house, stone walls and oak woodlands offer incredible scenic and historic value. The valley oaks are among the finest stands in the Sonoma Valley and provide a stunning reminder of early California.

Glen Oaks Ranch


Family-friendly Picnic Days

Bring your little ones and enjoy a picnic under the shade of the oak trees at our historic Glen Oaks Ranch. Enjoy free time to explore the trails and the creek, go on a Quest or participate in special activities that are engaging for the whole family! The ranch will be open from 9 to 1 — come anytime!

Open between 9am–1pm

Sunday, July 27, 9am–1pm
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Hands-on with Snakes, 10:30–11am
Look at and touch live snakes with Doug Hall! Watch a snake detach its jaws to eat an egg, listen to stories about these wild reptiles and learn what to do when encountering a snake in the wild.

Open Evenings for Members

Music in the Parlor returns to Glen Oaks on the fourth Friday of each month, beginning in August, along with History Days with Arthur Dawson on the second Fridays. Tour the historic mansion, enjoy a picnic supper or walk the trails before the activities begin!

Open between 5:30–9pm
Tours of the Mansion at 7pm
Special activities from 7:30–9pm

Friday, August 8, 7–9:30pm
The Stories of Secret Pasture
With Historian Arthur Dawson
On a remote mountainside high above Glen Oaks, Secret Pasture is a prominent place in local folklore. Local author and historian Arthur Dawson will trace the tale from the First Peoples and their conflicts with General Vallejo, to Mexican outlaw/ guerrilla fighter Joaquin Murrietta, to the struggles of homesteaders, catastrophic wildfires, and Secret Pasture’s eventual protection as Sonoma Land Trust’s very first preserve. What’s the next chapter? We’ll even take a peek into what the future may hold in store.
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Friday, August 22, 7–9:30pm
Music in the Parlor
Troubled Singer-Songwriter Jeff Falconer calls his approach "Loving Satire", because he has been, or is, guilty of all the human quirks he has fun with. Featuring finger-style guitar, soothing vocals, tunes both topical and personal, and questionable humor, Jeff aspires to leave audiences with their answers questioned, their horizons expanded, and some melodies they just can't stop humming. jefffalconer.com youtube: "Jaydub and Dino"
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Friday, September 12, 7:30–9pm
Women & Wine: The ‘Lady Winemakers’ of Early Glen Ellen
With Historian Arthur Dawson
Join local author and historian Arthur Dawson for an evening exploring the lives of women involved in the 19th century wine industry. These include Ellen Stuart, whom the town of Glen Ellen was named after, as well as Teresa Bell and Mary Ellen Pleasant. At a time when women couldn’t vote and rarely ran businesses, several of these women became famous as the “Three Lady Winemakers.” Presentation will feature excerpts from the recently rediscovered ‘Beltane Ranch Day Book’ a chronicle of life there in the 1890s.
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Friday, September 26, 7–9:30pm
Music in the Parlor
Outings Assistant and musician Corby Hines is a man of many talents. Here he shares his Beatles repertoire on guitar. Lyric sheets will be provided, and you are encouraged to find those harmonies and sing along!
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Friday, October 10, 7–9:30pm
Defending Diversity: Charles Stuart at the 1878 California Constitutional Convention
With Jim Shere, Executive Director of the Glen Ellen Historical Society
Charles Stuart was a successful and influential pioneer farmer and businessman in the Valley of the Moon — and a man of firm moral principles whose lone voice spoke eloquently in defense of the Chinese at the California Constitutional Convention of 1878-79.  We will explore the origins of his political beliefs, and their impact during the turbulent early years of statehood — and perhaps recognize some roots of the xenophobia that troubles immigration to this day.
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Friday, October 24, 7–9:30pm
Music in the Parlor
Sara Winge, Carlo Calabi, Martha Hawthorne and Bill Foss play old-time and classic country music with plenty of harmony singing. You might've heard this kind of music in the Southeast back in the first half of the 20th century, when friends and neighbors would gather in the living room to play traditional songs of heartbreak, hard times, and redemption.
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