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DISCOVER Glen Oaks Ranch — The Heart of the Sonoma Valley!

Enjoy creating connections with local, seasonal food and the land at Sonoma Land Trust’s historic Glen Oaks Ranch, located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor. Activities each day include a guided hike to the Sonoma Valley Overlook, a wildlife-camera photo slideshow, a tour of the historic mansion and guided nature-based activities for kids. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the picnic areas, open hiking trails and a self-guided Nature Quest.

Cost: $15 adults; $5 kids. Members receive $5 off all tickets.

Where the Wild Things Are
Sunday, July 26, Open from 9:30am—1:30pm; wildlife corridor slideshow at 11:30am

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Sonoma Land Trust has a grid of 50 wildlife cameras from Sonoma Mountain through Sonoma Valley up into the Mayacamas Mountains. Come see our best photos as project manager Tony Nelson narrates the story of the wildlife corridor that passes through this very place!

Gates open: 9:30am
Guided Hike from the meadow to the overlook: 10—11am
Guided kids’ nature activities: 10:30—11:30am
House tour: 11—11:30am
Wildlife corridor slideshow: 11:30am—12noon
Guided kids’ nature activities: 12:30—1:30pm
Gates close: 1:30pm

Storytelling and S’mores around the “Campfire”
Saturday, August 29, Open from 4–7:30pm; storytelling at 6pm

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Let’s roast marshmallows over the “campfire” and enjoy s’mores and wine as we listen to author, historian and storyteller Arthur Dawson recount some of our best local tales: how the world began on top of Sonoma Mountain, the days when sugar was worth its weight in gold, ghost dogs and buried swords. surviving the Great Fire of 1923, and more. Suitable for all ages.

4:30—5:30pm Guided hike
4:30—5:30pm Kids’ nature activities
5—5:30pm House tour
5:30—6pm Wildlife corridor slideshow
6—7:30pm Stories and s’mores

Apple Cider-Making with Slow Food
Sunday, September 13, Open from 9:30am—1:30pm; cider talk at 11:30am

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Join members of Slow Food to make cider using an old-fashioned apple press and learn about the community apple press project. We’ll use apples from your trees or ours. Bring jars if you’d like to take some cider home. For the adults, we’ll also have some local hard cider to taste.

10am—1pm Apple cider making
9:45—11:15am Guided hike
10:30—11:30am and 12:30—1:30pm Kids’ nature activities
11—11:30am and 12:30—1pm House tours
11:30am–noon Cider talk
12—12:30pm Wildlife corridor slideshow

All Things Pumpkin
Sunday, October 11, Open from 9:30am—1:30pm; pumpkin talk at 11:30am

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Celebrate the fall with pumpkin carving and a variety of foods made from pumpkins! Join Jane Van Susteren, plant biologist and pumpkin fanatic, for a foray into pumpkin traditions and recipes from around the world. Taste everything from pumpkin custard baked in its shell to Chilean pumpkin fry bread. Pumpkins are provided.

10am—1pm Pumpkin carving
9:45—11:15am Guided hike
10:30—11:30am and 12:30—1:30pm Kids’ nature activities
11—11:30am and 12:30—1pm House tours
11:30am—noon Pumpkin talk
12—12:30pm Wildlife corridor slideshow

Early Agricultural History and the Wildlife Corridor
Sunday, November 8, 10am–1pm
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Free to all
Local historian Arthur Dawson will delight us with stories of the ranch’s agricultural history: from its use as cattle range to its prominence in 19th-century viticulture to the devastating impact of phylloxera. Sonoma Land Trust staff will speak about efforts currently underway to preserve the wildlife corridor that passes through the area. Kids can join in the guided nature activities while adults participate in the discussions. Afterward, enjoy a BYO picnic lunch, take a stroll along the trails or tour the historic mansion.

10am—noon Presentations
10am—noon Kids’ nature activities
12—12:30pm House tour
Noon—1pm BYO picnic, self-guided walks

There is no cost for this event. The outing is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Ag and Open Space District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax, and supporters of Sonoma Land Trust.

Part of the Agricultural Heritage Series brought to you by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District & the Sonoma Resource Conservation District in partnership with the Sonoma Land Trust.

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.

For more information, contact hikes@sonomalandtrust.org or call (707) 526-6930 ext. 105


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