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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

2017 Spring Outings


Public Outings

Member Outings

Docents at the Baylands 

Bay Camp is now open for registration

Public Outings

Cloud Appreciation — Look to the Skies

April 11 7—8:30pm Finley Community Center
A talk with Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Founder of the international Cloud Appreciation Society
$10 members/$15 public
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Learn to become a cloudspotter and enjoy the benefits of skygazing. Using stunning images from around the world, Gavin will show you how to read the sky and recognize distinctive cloud formations. Through this entertaining and revealing talk, you will experience the value of engaging with the sky and see why cloudspotting is the perfect antidote to the pressures of the digital world. Looking up will never be the same again!

Día del Niño — Day of the Child

April 29 1—5pm Larson Park
Family, Nature & Fun FREE
With La Luz Center, Sonoma Ecology Center and more!
Join us for an afternoon at the park dedicated to celebrating the children. There will be food, prizes, dancing, music and environmental educational activities. No pre-registration needed.
This event is one of 11 sites across the county celebrating Día del Niñ0 as part of the Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative. Visit to see all locations and activities. 


With Botanist Peter Warner
Peter Warner has done extensive botanical surveys on Sonoma Land Trust properties and the surrounding region. This spring, he is re-surveying the lands to see which new species may have revealed themselves post-fires. Join us on a walk for an up-close look at the amazing variety of spring wildflowers in bloom.

March 31 10am—2pm Sears Point Ranch by San Pablo Bay
Level 3
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April 8 1—5pm Live Oaks Ranch in Knights Valley
Level 2
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April 14 10am—2pm Glen Oaks Ranch in Sonoma Valley
Level 3
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Join us on a special hike with Shelly Spriggs of Sonoma County Regional Parks to visit the serpentine wildflowers at our former Tolay Creek Ranch in the southern part of the county.
April 21 9am—2pm Tolay Lake Regional Park
Level 4
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Pole Mountain Backcountry Hikes

10-mile thru-hikes up and over the mountain
April 28
Level 4+
This strenuous thru-hike climbs 1,000 feet up the north side of Pole Mountain and 9am–5pm down the south side with breathtaking ocean views, dropping into Russian Gulch before climbing back up to the top of the Jenner Headlands coastal prairie.
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May 19
Level 4+
This 10-mile hike is very rigorous and truly one-0f-a-kind on the Sonoma Coast.
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Member Outings

Fire Walks

For members only
Many people have asked us how our lands have fared post-fires. Take a walk on our fire-affected properties with Sonoma Land Trust stewardship managers and witness the spring regrowth with your own eyes.

April 7 Glen Oaks Ranch in Sonoma Valley — chaparral
10am—2pm With Tony Nelson
Level 3
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Tony has a background in fire management and the use of prescribed fires for ecological benefit. On this walk, we will see the various plant communities of the preserve in their post-fire state and learn about the role of fire in these types of vegetation.

April 15 Sears Point Ranch on San Pablo Bay — grasslands
10am—2pm With Julian Meisler
Level 3
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Last year’s wildfires entirely burned the grasslands on Cougar Mountain. Walk with Julian to see the post-fire wildflower blooms and learn about the work being done to restore this working ranchland.

April 22 Live Oaks Ranch in Knights Valley — oak woodlands
10am—2pm With Trevor George
Level 3
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The fall fires passed through the understory of the oak woodlands, leaving many of the trees intact. Trevor has spent time monitoring this land pre- and post-fire and will share his reflections and observations of this changed environment.

May 18 Glen Oaks Ranch in Sonoma Valley
10am—2pm With historian Arthur Dawson
Level 2
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The land in Sonoma Valley has a long history of fires passing through. Join historian and master storyteller Arthur Dawson for a walk on this land, see some of the effects of the recent fire and learn about some of the historic fires of which tales are told.

Docents at the Baylands

9am-3pm, Guided Bird Walks 9:30-11am
Level 1
Join our skilled docents the third Saturday of each month for a guided bird walk and opportunity to learn about the natural history of this growing tidal marsh ecosystem.
March 17
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April 21
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Level 1: Easy access on level ground
Level 2: Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less-developed trails
Level 3: Some inclines and/or no trails
Level 4: Steep routes with questionable trails and fearless hike leaders

Email us at 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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You will enjoy:

  • Access to diverse and beautiful properties
  • Educational and skill building opportunities
  • Great community
  • Annual Volunteer Celebration


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