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Outings Styles


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


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


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

Fall 2017




Bay Day 2017
Saturday, October 7, 9:30am–3pm
Bird Walk 9:30am–11am
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Bay Trail Walk 11am–3pm
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Join Sonoma Land Trust for a morning of birdwatching and/or a walk along the Eliot section of the Bay Trail. The Eliot Trail walk will feature the audio tour that visitors can download to their mobile device—now available in both Spanish and English. This area is the site of a recent 1,000-acre tidal marsh restoration project and is now home to the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This event is part of the Bay Day events around the bay. Learn more at www.BayDay.org.

Apple-pressing and Farm Tour at Laufenburg Ranch
Saturday, September 16, 10AM–2PM

Explore, Level 1
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Come experience the rustic beauty of the historic farmstead in the Knights Valley. We will be pressing apples into cider and touring farmer Ken Orchard’s fall vegetable crop and fruit orchards nestled alongside Bidwell creek. Take the opportunity to wander the trails and enjoy the peace of nature on your own. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy!

Sing-along in Nature at Glen Oaks Ranch
Sunday, October 1, 1–5PM

Explore, Level 1
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Give voice to the bounty of the fall! Join local singers for a family-friendly sing-along at historic Glen Oaks Ranch. The preserve will be open for you to tour the stone house, enjoy a picnic and explore the trails through the oak woodlands along Stuart Creek.

Intro to Nature Photography at Live Oaks Ranch
Thursday, October 26, 4–7PM

Discover, Level 2
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Experience and capture the tranquil beauty of the Mayacamas Mountains as the light fades into sunset. Tucked into the basin at the headwaters of Bidwell Creek, you will learn about composition and camera settings as we experiment with nature as our subject.

Pole Mountain Backcountry Hikes
Sunday, September 24, 9AM–5PM

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Sunday, October 29, 9AM–5PM
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Explore, Level 4
Hike up and over Pole Mountain from our Little Black Mountain Preserve on the north side of the mountain to the Jenner Headlands Preserve on the south side. This 10-mile thru-hike traverses a variety of habitats from mixed-conifers and hardwoods to oak savanna and redwood forests and ends at the coastal prairie. All the insiders know that fall is the best time to be on the coast … the views ought to be spectacular!

Raptors and Waterfowl at Estero Americano Preserve
Saturday, November 4

Discover, Level 2
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The Estero Americano Preserve features rare coastal prairie with panoramic views of the estuary and surrounding hills — perfect habitat for a variety of high-flying raptors, long-legged shorebirds and graceful waterfowl who call this landscape home. If we’re lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of the rare white pelicans, or perhaps the river otters, who frequent this area.

Shorebirds Along San Pablo Bay
Saturdays: Sept. 2 and 23, Oct. 7 and 28

Explore, Level 1
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Autumn is the time when bird activity starts to pick up on the San Pablo Bay shoreline. Join our enthusiastic and skilled docents for a walk along the marsh lands and discover the beauty that awaits. Designed for nature lovers of any ability.

A Geology Transect of Sonoma County
Now in its 3rd year, this 4-day intensive with geologist Glenn Melosh provides both an overview and a close-up look at the varied geology that makes up the land we call Sonoma County. This year, we will also be joined by geologist Tom Cochrane, whose research about the Sonoma Coast over many years led to the recent publication of his book, “Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.” Join us for just the introductory lecture or become a member of Sonoma Land Trust and join us on the field trips, too!

Intro to Sonoma County Geology
At the Sonoma Land Trust Office

Free and open to the public
Thursday, September 7, 7–9PM
Discover, Level 1, wheelchair accessible.


Geology Field Trip Series
Members only, free. Must attend all three field trips plus introductory lecture (above).
Sonoma Coast, Friday, September 8, 10AM–4PM
Discover, Level 3

The Cedars, Saturday, September 9, 9:30AM–4:30PM
Discover, Level 4
Volcanics of Mt. St. Helena, Sunday, September 10, 10AM–4PM
Discover, Level 4

Fall Hawk Migration at Jenner Headlands Preserve
Saturday, October 14, 10AM–2PM

Discover, Level 2
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Long a home to the Jenner Hawk Watch, the Jenner Hawk Overlook is the spot to view the fall migration of raptors as they soar along the hillside updrafts along the Sonoma Coast. For several years, volunteers have come out each fall to record the appearance of these birds of prey. Organizer of the Hawk Watch, our enthusiastic Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick will introduce you to bird spotting and identification on location. Get ready to be infused with his knowledge and love of our fine feathered friends!

A History of the Sonoma Coast from atop Pole Mountain
Sunday, October 15, 10AM–2PM

Discover, Level 2
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Join historian Arthur Dawson and Terriann Tomlin, a descendent of the historic ranching families that lived on what became Ft. Ross State Park, for a walk atop Pole Mountain and explore how the “edge effect” influences people, cultures and the natural world.


Explore Sears Point

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. The parking area is on Reclamation Road just south of the Hwy 37/Lakeville Hwy intersection.

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!


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

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