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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

Spring Outings 2017

A Wildflower Snapshot of Sonoma County

Intro talk, Live Oaks Ranch, Laufenburg Ranch, Pole Mountain, Estero Ranch

Songbirds of Spring
Glen Oaks Ranch, Laufenburg Ranch

Nature Walks with Peter Leveque
White Rock, Jenner Headlands

Backcountry Adventures to Pole Mountain »

Explore Sears Point
Sears Point Upland Wildflowers

Take it Outside, California! »

Painting Iconic Landscapes »


A Wildflower Snapshot of Sonoma County

With Botanist Peter Warner

Did you know that Sonoma County is famous for its botanical richness — especially springtime wildflower displays? Join longtime botanist Peter Warner as we visit unique wildflower locations from the Mayacamas Mountains to San Pablo Bay to the Sonoma Coast. Learn about and become familiar with our basic wildflower groups as we meander through the meadows.

An Intro to Wildflowers — March 23 — SLT Office in Santa Rosa
7–9pm Level 1 | Wheelchair accessible | Free and open to the public.

Live Oaks Ranch — April 2— Mayacamas Mountains
1–5pm Level 2 | $15/$20 members/non-members

Laufenburg Ranch — April 9 — Knights Valley
1–5pm Level 2 | $15/$20 members/non-member

Pole Mountain — April 30 — Sonoma Coast
9am–4pm Level 4 | Free and open to the public*
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Estero Ranch — May 21 — Sonoma Coast
1–5pm Level 3 | Free, members only
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Songbirds of Spring

Springtime in Sonoma County brings an abundance of migratory songbirds, such as flycatchers, warblers and orioles, which can be found along the creek-sides and wooded areas of our protected lands. Learn how to identify birds by their songs and use your binoculars to get close-up views.

Glen Oaks Ranch — April 23 — Sonoma Valley
8–10:30am Level 2 | $10/$15 members/non-members
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Laufenburg Ranch — June 10 — Knights Valley
9am–noon Level 2 | $10/$15 members/non-members
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Nature Walks with Peter Leveque

Whether we come across a slug or a snake or a wildflower or a leaf bud, biologist Peter Leveque transforms an ordinary walk in nature into an ever-changing journey of discovery.

White Rock — April 21 — Geyserville
4–7pm Level 3 | Free, members only
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Jenner Headlands — May 12 — Sonoma Coast
1–6pm Level 4 | Free, members only
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Backcountry Adventures to Pole Mountain

Rigorous hikes for the well-seasoned hiker, these guided adventures into the backcountry of the mountainous Sonoma Coast cross through coastal prairie, redwood forests and oak woodlands, offering panoramic views from its highest peak.

Jenner Headlands out-and-back to Pole Mountain — Earth Day April 22
9am–6pm 15 miles/3,600-foot elevation gain | Free and open to the public*
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Little Black Mountain thru-hike to Jenner Headlands — June 11
9am–5pm 8 miles/2,000-foot elevation gain | Free and open to the public*

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* This spring’s outings to Pole Mountain are made possible through member support and through a partnership with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, whose work is funded by a Sonoma County voter-approved quarter-cent sales tax. The District permanently protects the diverse agricultural, natural resource and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations.

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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!

Sears Point Upland Wildflowers
Join in these docent-led walks into the uplands to explore the wildflower meadows and get a bird’s-eye view of the vast expanse of evolving tidal marshlands.
April 8
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April 22

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10am–1pm | Free and open to the public

Take it Outside, California!

Kayak the waters, bicycle the Bay Trail, view wildlife through a spotting scope All this and more is being offered at Sears Point in celebration of Take it Outside, California, an annual event to celebrate protected lands and get people outdoors.

Sears Point Ranch / Dickson Unit San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge — May 6
9am–3pm | Free and open to the public
10am and noon Kayak tours
10:30am–noon Bicycle tour
(you must provide your own bicycles and kayaks)
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Painting Iconic Landscapes

A Workshop with Marsha Connell
Learn how to convey the spirit of place and embody the rhythms and forms of the landscape in this plein-air painting workshop at legendary Laufenburg Ranch. Beginning and longtime artists alike can benefit from Marsha’s expertise and extensive history of teaching, which brings out the joy of the creative process.

Laufenburg Ranch — May 13
9:30am–2:30pm Level 1 | $60/$45 members/non-members
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Email us at outings@sonomalandtrust.org or call 707.526.6930 ext. 110 for more information.

For more unique opportunties to get on the land, check out our volunteer workdays.

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