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Day of the Child / Día Del Niño
Saturday, April 29

Day of the Child

On Saturday, April 29, the Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative, of which Sonoma Land Trust is a member, is hosting its 2nd annual Día Del Niño event. Twelve different locations around Sonoma County will be hosting free family-friendly activities from 11am−3pm. Sonoma Land Trust will be joining La Luz Center, Sonoma Ecology Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley for a fun celebration at Maxwell Farms Regional Park in Sonoma. The events of the day will conclude with a free bilingual Spanish/English concert by Zun Zun at the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center from 4−5:30pm. Visit sonomacountyee.org to learn about the various locations and activities being offered.

Changes to our board of directors

Sonoma Land Trust is welcoming three new board members:

Marie Andel Scott Hafner
Marie Andel (left) is chief administrative officer at CSAA Insurance Group and is a champion of the company’s volunteer and diversity programs. She has been honored by The San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business.

Scott Hafner (right) is a managing partner of Hafner Vineyard. With experience at Louis M. Martini Winery and The Sharper Image, he took Hafner wines into the marketplace in 1984. He was previously a trustee of Connecticut College and is a leader in community service.

Simon Blattner Fred Reid
After a long career in the printing, paper and fine arts industries, Simon Blattner (left) currently serves on the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation board, is Director Emeritus of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, advises the Sonoma Valley Fund, and is founder and chair of the La Luz Center Microloan Fund.

We’re also bidding farewell to Fred Reid (right), an aviation executive who left the board last month after nearly four years. Fred will continue to be an active member of our West County advisory council. Thank you for your service, Fred!

On the search for salamanders

Photo by Erica Rhyne-Christensen

Land acquisition program manager Ariel Patashnik recently helped conduct a California tiger salamander (CTS) larval survey, part of a Sonoma County Water Agency study to track salamander abundance! Endangered due to habitat fragmentation and loss, this special amphibian still thrives in vernal pools on the Santa Rosa Plain. Ariel and other volunteers donned chest waders (the pools are too deep for mere hip waders!) to count CTS larvae — and lots of Pacific tree frogs. “It was fun, muddy and thrilling to find the little guys when they appeared,” says Ariel.

A youth workday at Glen Oaks Ranch

Assistant stewardship project manager Jen Stanfield welcomed high school students from Summerfield Waldorf School to Glen Oaks Ranch in early April. The group trimmed shrubs, sanded outdoor furniture and removed a decrepit stretch of pasture fencing. Many thanks to the students and chaperones for helping us spruce up the property.

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Celebrating Mary Hafner’s legacy

Mary HafnerMary Hafner, one of our most steadfast supporters and a Land Trust board member for 16 years, passed away on March 20. Her long service on our board had a profound, positive impact on our culture and mission. Our gratitude, like her influence, is unending, and she will be dearly missed.

Read Mary’s obituary

Take it Outside, California!
May 6, 9am−3pm, at Sears Point

Forest Conference
Kayak the waters, bicycle the Bay Trail, view wildlife through a spotting scope. Please join us in the California Council of Land Trust’s annual celebration of people enjoying protected lands.

More info

Bicycle at Skaggs Island

On May 20, the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge is offering a rare opportunity to tour Skaggs Island, a former top secret naval communications site soon to become tidal marsh, by bicycle. The tour includes a 7-mile loop with a few short optional trails.


New Sonoma County Wildlife Corridor video

Enjoy this one-minute video produced by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, funders of our work to protect the wildlife corridor.

Watch here

We’re hiring

If the prospect of working with a warm and welcoming group of passionate, talented people excites you, we’re looking to add a few people to our team, specifically an event planner, Bay Camp director and Bay Camp counselor/consejero de Bay Camp. We’ll also be posting a membership manager position soon.

See job listings

Spring newsletter

Spring newsletter
Read about changes at Stuart Creek Run, our many ways of getting out on the land, protecting old-growth redwoods, and more.


Time to register for the forest conference

Join us at the Santa Rosa Junior College for the North Coast Forest Conservation Conference June 7–9! Reserve your spot in the conference and at the dinner featuring popular speaker Kat Anderson, author of Tending the Wild.

Reserve your spot

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