Press Release

Child in the Wild is back – A Sonoma Land Trust event at Howarth Park

May 13, 2024

A free community event celebrating the future Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway Park.

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA — Sonoma Land Trust is hosting a free, family-friendly event on Sunday, June 2, in Howarth Park to bring the community together in celebration of the future planned Santa Rosa Southeast GreenwayChild in the Wild: Niños en la naturalezais open to the public and will take place from 12pm to 4pm at the Howarth Park lower lawn located at 630 Summerfield Avenue in Santa Rosa. The afternoon includes a schedule of activities for kids of all ages, from dance groups, bounce houses, hula hoops, face painting, nature activities, and more.

The afternoon includes performances from Danza Xantotl, Jeffrey Whitebear & The Wild Ones, the Redwood Empire Chinese Association Dragon Dancers, Sonoma County Pomo Dancers, and Megan Shoenbohm of Music Time with Megan.

Members of the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway will be available to update the community on the progress made on the development of a 47-acre urban greenway park and open space that will connect Howarth Park to nearby high-density urban neighborhoods.

Performance schedule:

12:00pm          Sonoma County Pomo Dancers

12:50pm          Jeffrey Whitebear & The Wild Ones

1:40pm            Redwood Empire Chinese Association Dragon Dancers

2:00pm            Grupo Flokloriko Quetzalen

2:45pm            Music Time with Megan

3:30pm            Danza Xantotl

Want to ride your bike to the event? There is a family bike ride from Doyle Park with Bikeable Santa Rosa! Meet at Doyle Park at 11:00am to decorate your bike helmets and ride next to the future Southeast Greenway path to Howarth Park.

Booths featuring kids’ activities:

  • Children’s Museum of Sonoma County
  • City of Santa Rosa Rec & Parks
  • Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway
  • Sonoma County Library
  • Community Equity Foundation
  • Redwood Empire Chinese Association
  • 4 C’s
  • Sonoma Water
  • Community Action Partnership
  • The Climate Center
  • Sonoma Land Trust

“This is a free and family-friendly event that celebrates the recent progress made on the creation of the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway Park,” says Ingrid Stearns, Sonoma Land Trust’s public programs manager. “We are thrilled that the City of Santa Rosa will become the new owners of the future parklands later this summer. We are honored to host such talented dancers and musicians and are thankful for the community’s support and participation as we build this park together.”

Sponsorship for this free event is being provided by Sonoma Land Trust, Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway, Community Action Partnership, 4 C’s, City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Library, Recology, Community Equity Foundation, The Climate Center, and Sonoma Water.

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