Member Outings

Member outings registration begins on the 10th of each month for the following month’s member outings. The speaker series is open to both members and the public, and registration opens at the start of the season.

February Member Outings


Forest Bathing

Sunday, February 2, 10am−1pm
Live Oaks Ranch near Calistoga
Level: Gentle

Forest bathing, a practice developed in Japan, has gained popularity in the West in recent years, with many extolling its health benefits. Join Caitlin Williams, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, for a gentle walk in the forest and experience its effects for yourself. This gentle, non-sloping walk is approximately 1 mile.


Raptors at Skaggs Island

Sunday, February 16, 10am−2pm
Skaggs Island on San Pablo Bay
Level: Gentle

Join Certified California Naturalist and founder of West County Hawk Watch, Larry Broderick, for a driving tour of Skaggs Island to seek raptors in the skies. Learn how to identify the different types of birds of prey, characteristics to look for and where to look. We will drive to various locations on the island and go for a short walk around the edges of this former naval base.


Kayaking at Sears Point

Sunday, February 23, 10am−2pm
Sears Point Baylands
Level: Strenuous

One of the best ways to experience the new tidal wetlands at Sears Point is by kayak! Join Corby Hines for a paddle around the 1,000-acre restoration site and observe the marsh creation in action. Kayaks will be provided, or bring your own!

March Member Outings


Glen Oaks Ranch Historical Ecology

Sunday, March 1, 1−4pm
Glen Oaks Ranch near Glen Ellen
Level: Moderate

Resiliency is a hallmark of Glen Oaks Ranch. Join historical ecologist Arthur Dawson to discover its rich history, from Ellen Stuart, who lost her husband and went on to become an early female leader in the wine industry, to the cycles of wildfire and recovery the land has experienced over the last 150 years. We'll explore the trails, the stone mansion and other historic structures, and consider how humans and natural communities survive devastation and find ways to move on.


Laufenburg Ranch History Tour

Saturday, March 14, 1−4pm
Laufenburg Ranch near Calistoga
Level: Moderate

Explore Laufenburg Ranch's rich human stories and ecological history with historian Arthur Dawson while enjoying spectacular views of Mount St. Helena. We'll visit a 130-year-old barn and the turn-of-the-20th Century homestead where Charlie Laufenburg spend his life, and consider environmental cycles and people's changing relationships with the land. We will hike about 2 miles with 300 feet of elevation gain.


Wildflowers at Sears Point

Sunday, March 29, 10am−1pm
Sears Point Uplands
Level: Moderate

The uplands of Sears Point Ranch overlooking San Pablo Bay are resplendent with a variety of flower blossoms each spring. Join Gerald Tomboc of the California Native Plant Society for a walk into the uplands to explore the wildflower meadows and get a bird's-eye view of the vast expanse of evolving tidal marshlands. We will hike 1.5 miles with 400 feet of elevation gain.

Winter Speaker Series


Raptors in the Skies

Thursday, January 23, 7−9pm
Sonoma Land Trust Conference Room

Join Larry Broderick for this educational and engaging presentation in Santa Rosa to get some expert tips on raptor identification and behavior before heading out into the field. Founder of West County Hawk Watch, Larry Broderick is a raptor expert who has been leading hikes for Sonoma Land Trust for over a decade.


Ecological Connectivity and Restoration in Art and Science: The Work of Obi Kauffman

Tuesday, February 11, 6pm Welcome Reception, 7pm Talk
$10 Talk only / $20 Talk and Reception
Finley Community Center Auditorium in Santa Rosa

Obi Kauffman, best-selling author of "The California Field Atlas", brings his work to the Sonoma County community for an exclusive presentation that includes an introduction to his newest book, "The State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource." He integrates his background as an artist and a trained mathematician into his own brand of storytelling, what he calls "systems stories," melding analysis and aesthetics through nature writing and watercolor paintings to present a new vision for the conservation of California.


An Ecological Perspective of Sonoma County Wildfires

Wednesday, March 11, 7−9pm
Sonoma Land Trust Conference Room

The restorative effects of burning were long recognized and promoted by California's indigenous cultures, which actively shaped much of California's living landscapes through prescriptive burning over thousands of years. Join botanist Peter Warner as he provides a brief survey of some of the benefits brought by recent Sonoma County fires, in particular, the renaissance of wildflowers and other vegetation attributed to burning. In celebration of these living testimonies to life's resiliency, we may yet re-learn and apply the lessons from ages past.

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