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Wildlife and Humanity at Glen Oaks Ranch

This series of activities is focused on our historically and naturally rich Glen Oaks Ranch. This preserve sits at the heart of a wildlife corridor pinchpoint. Join us in getting to know the land and its inhabitants as we track wildlife, harvest wild foods and journey into the past.

Evoking a Creative Response to Nature — A Writing Adventure with Dave Seter
August 20
(Saturday), 4−6pm (Preserve open until 8pm)
$20 members/$35 non-members/kids free
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Join writer Dave Seter in exploring the juncture of humans and landscape, nature and the built world. Taking inspiration from the creative work of John Muir, Mary Oliver and writers of the wild, we will learn techniques for making an impact with our words, spend time in the field observing nature and develop strategies for capturing our impressions on the page. Open to all ability levels.
Gates open: 3:30pm
Writing Workshop: 4—6pm

(optional) Guided hike to the overlook: 6—7:30pm
(optional) Wildlife corridor slideshow: 7:30—8pm
Gates close: 8:15pm

Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Reading the Landscape — Wildlife Tracks and Signs in the Heart of a Wildlife Corridor
With Meghan Walla-Murphy
September 11
(Sunday), 9am—noon (Preserve open until 2pm)
$20 members/$35 non-members/kids free
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The landscape can tell us so many things if we pause to learn its language. Join wildlife ecologist and tracker Meghan Walla-Murphy for a morning of developing pattern literacy and understanding the signs of nature, and leave with a sense of knowing your surroundings in a more intimate way.
Gates open: 8:45am
Workshop: 9am—12noon

(optional) Guided hike to the overlook: 12—2pm
(optional) House tour: 12:45—1:15pm
Gates close: 2pm

Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Wild Edible Plants — Fall Feasts in the Forest with Tamara Wilder
October 9
(Sunday), 10am—12:30pm (Preserve open until 2pm)
$20 members/$35 non-members/kids free
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Bay nuts, acorns, manzanita berries — the forest provides an abundance of wild foods. Explore the fall abundance with Tamara Wilder, and gain an introduction into how to harvest and process these gifts of nature.
Gates open: 9:30am
Workshop: 10am—12:30pm
(optional) Guided hike to the overlook: 12:30—2pm
(optional) Wildlife corridor slideshow: 1—1:30pm
(optional) House tour: 1:30—2pm
Gates close: 2:15pm

Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Winemaking in the Sonoma Valley — A History of Grape-growing, Innovative Women and Transformed Landscapes
November 12
(Saturday), 10am—1pm
Free and open to all
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Join Arthur Dawson and the Sonoma Resource Conservation District to discover the rich history of wine grapes in Sonoma Valley and the women who became leaders of the industry. Also enjoy stories of the past while visiting the historic mansion and vineyard at Glen Oaks Ranch.
Gates open: 9:30am
History with Arthur Dawson: 10am—12noon
(optional) House tour: 12—12:30pm
(optional) Wildlife corridor slideshow: 12:30—1pm
Gates close: 1:15pm

Level 1
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

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


About Glen Oaks Ranch

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. 114


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