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Outings Styles

Explore

General naturalist hikes that provide an opportunity to enjoy the scenery on protected lands.

Discover

Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field.

Experience

Activities designed to increase observational skills and use of the senses in getting to know the landscape.

Level Ratings

  1. Mostly flat with well-maintained trails
  2. Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails
  3. Some steep inclines and/or no trails
  4. Steep routes with questionable trails and fearless hike leaders

 

On the Land Outings

Winter Outings 2017

All outings are free this season!

Public Outings

Winter Raptors Along the Bay
Sears Point Walk, Skaggs Island Walk
Explore Sears Point
Kayaking, Birding, Learning

Restoring a Floodplain at Live Oaks Ranch in Knights Valley

Members-Only Outings

Manzanita Blooms at Glen Oaks Ranch in Sonoma Valley
Visit With a Mountain Lion: A Special Tour of Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue

Members-Only Outings

Manzanita Blooms at Glen Oaks Ranch in Sonoma Valley
With Botanist Peter Warner
February 12 (Sunday) 1—4pm
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The hillsides at Glen Oaks Ranch support an abundance of manzanitas, which bloom in many different shades of pink during the early part of the year. Join botanist Peter Warner for a walk to see and learn more about these beauties!

Discover, Level 2
Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field. Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Visit With a Mountain Lion
A Special Tour of Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue Near Cotati
March 3 (Friday) 1—2:30pm or 3—4:30pm
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One of Sonoma Land Trust’s big projects is keeping the wildlife corridor that extends from Marin to Lake Berryessa open and functioning. Join us for a special tour of Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue for an in-person look at a young mountain lion named Nicole and other species that inhabit the corridor, and observe the work they do to rehabilitate and release native wild animals back into local ecosystems.

Discover, Level 2
Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field. Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

 

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Public Outings

Restoring a Floodplain at Live Oaks Ranch in Knights Valley
With Stewardship Project Manager Trevor George
February 25 (Saturday) 1—4pm
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Live Oaks Ranch contains the headwaters of Bidwell Creek, a tributary whose waters eventually reach the Russian River. Restoring upstream habitat keeps rivers and streams clean and healthy for the steelhead, salmon and other animals who depend upon their waters. Join Trevor George for an exploration of the creek and the floodplain, and of the riparian enhancement project currently underway.

Discover, Level 2
Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field. Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Winter Raptors Along the Bay

With Raptor Guide Larry Broderick

Sears Point Walk
February 11 (Saturday) 10—11:45AM or NOON—1:45PM
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Celebrate the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival and learn about the raptors and other birds inhabiting the area as we walk along the newly evolving tidal marsh.

Discover, Level 1
Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field. Mostly flat with well-maintained trails

Skaggs Island Walk
March 5 (Sunday) 10AM—2PM
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Join staff from the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and learn about the fascinating history of this former naval base, soon destined to be returned to marshland, as we explore the island in search of raptors.

Discover, Level 1
Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field. Mostly flat with well-maintained trails

Explore Sears Point

Kayaking
February 8 (Wednesday), 9AM—1PM
February 23 (Thursday), 9AM—1PM
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One of the best ways to experience the new tidal wetlands at Sears Point is by kayak! Join us for a paddle around the 1,000-acre restoration site and observe the marsh creation in action. You must provide your own kayak for this outing.

Explore, Level 4
General naturalist hikes that provide an opportunity to enjoy the scenery on protected lands. Steep routes with questionable trails and fearless hike leaders

Winter Bird Walks on San Pablo Bay
First and Third Saturdays, December through February
9:30—11AM
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Each year, hundreds of thousands of birds migrate to the San Francisco Bay estuary and stay for the winter. These include many species of shorebirds, including the willit, greater yellowlegs, long-billed curlew, least sandpiper, western sandpiper and dunlin, which are commonly seen at Sears Point at this time of year. Join Sonoma Land Trust’s docent bird guides for a walk along the tidal marshlands to observe these and many other bird species who utilize this rich habitat with its abundance of food. Open to seasoned birders and newcomers alike!

Discover, Level 1
Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field. Mostly flat with well-maintained trails

Tidal Marsh Interpretation
Every Saturday, 9AM—Noon
Sonoma Land Trust recently completed a project to restore nearly 1,000 acres of tidal marsh on San Pablo Bay, adjacent to another tidal marsh restoration project that we completed 20 years ago. These lands have become part of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and now include 4 miles of the San Francisco Bay Trail, an additional trail between the restored marshes, a non-motorized boat launch and interpretive signs stationed at various points along the way. It is now open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset.

Each Saturday morning throughout the year, volunteer docents are on hand to provide interpretation of the site, discuss its history and the restoration process, and answer questions. Come visit on Saturday mornings and take advantage of their enthusiasm and knowledge to gain an insightful experience at Sonoma County’s premier access to the bay!

Parking area on Reclamation Road just south of the Lakeville Hwy/Hwy 37 intersection.

 


Email us at outings@sonomalandtrust.org or call 707.526.6930 ext. 110 for more information.

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