Due to rapidly changing conditions and recommendations from local, state and federal agencies regarding COVID-19, we are postponing all community programs and activities through the end of April. Above all else, the health and safety of our community is our primary concern and we hope to help limit the spread of COVID-19 through these measures.

Stay tuned for some upcoming virtual tours and online presentations we are planning to roll out, as circumstances allow.

Speaker Series

Seaweed: Ecology, Use and Harvest

With Heidi Herrmann

Wednesday, May 6, 7−9pm
Sonoma Land Trust Conference Room

Join local farmer Heidi Herrmann for an illustrated presentation and demonstration on how to differentiate and use our coastal sea vegetables. We’ll also discuss seaweed ecology, harvest cycles, and the nutritional/health benefits of our local edible algae, such as nori, wakame, bladderwrack and kombu.

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.

April Member Outings

Wildflowers at Live Oaks Ranch

With Peter Warner

Sunday, April 5, 1−4pm
Live Oaks Ranch near Calistoga
Level: Moderate


Join botanist Peter Warner for a meander through the meadows at Live Oaks Ranch. We’ll look in-depth at the many wildflower species in bloom as we make our way along Bidwell Creek in the foothills of Mount St. Helena.

Scenic Hike to Pole Mountain

From Little Black Mountain Preserve

Saturday, April 18, 10am−4pm
Near Cazadero
Level: Strenuous


This 6-mile round-trip hike traverses the north side of Pole Mountain through our Little Black Mountain Preserve. Enjoy the many varieties of wildflowers as we hike to the highest peak on the Sonoma Coast.

Serpentine Wildflowers

With Peter Warner

Sunday, April 26, 1−4pm
Jenner Headlands on the Sonoma Coast
Level: Gentle


California’s native wildflowers are amazingly well preserved on these patches of serpentine soils, where their tolerance for low nutrients has given them an evolutionary advantage. Join us for an exploration of this miniature world of native wildflowers.

May Member Outings

Sunset Supper at White Rock Preserve

With Peter Leveque

Friday, May 8, 5−8pm
White Rock Preserve near Geyserville
Level: Moderate

Registration opens April 10

Join retired biology professor Peter Leveque for a nature walk across White Rock Preserve. Whether we come across a slug or a snake or a wildflower or a leaf bud, Peter transforms an ordinary walk in nature into an ever-changing journey of discovery. We’ll conclude the evening with a picnic supper on top of majestic White Rock and enjoy the scenic views.

Wildflowers at Little Black Mountain Preserve

With Peter Warner

Saturday, May 9, 10am−2pm
Near Cazadero
Level: Moderate

Registration opens April 10

The clear skies of spring present a spectacular time to get up to the higher elevations and look out across the landscape. Join botanist Peter Warner on a journey through a mixed conifer and hardwood forest, crossing a natural spring and some open meadows where spring wildflowers take advantage of the exposure to the sun. We will conclude the day with a hike up to the Lone Antler Overlook for views of Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo, Sonoma Mountain, Mt. St. Helena and beyond.

Nature Appreciation and Views

Pole Mountain Preserve

Saturday, May 30, 10am−2pm
On the Sonoma Coast
Level: Gentle

Registration opens April 10

This guided outing, designed for Sonoma Land Trust members of all abilities, will bring us directly up to the Pole Mountain property. No climbing required! On our journey, we will have plenty of time to see and bask in the magnificent views of late spring in Sonoma County and beyond. Bring a sketchbook, camera or binoculars and a picnic lunch to enjoy your time on the mountain.