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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

Outdoor Adventures with
Sonoma Land Trust

Redwoods, Estuaries, Wildlife and more!

2018 Fall Outings

All fall outings are free

Public Outings
Member Outings

Special Presentation

What Happens When the Bar Closes? — The Sandbar, That Is
September 6, 7–8:30pm — Public Talk at Sonoma Land Trust, Level 1
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September 15, 10am–2pm Russian River Estuary Walk — Members Only, Level 3

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Many estuaries are characterized by intermittent closure, which is when a sandbar closes the mouth and separates a coastal lagoon from the ocean. In the basin behind the sand barrier, water levels may rise or fall and water quality extremes typically develop. Professor John Largier of Bodega Marine Lab will talk about the Estero Americano and other estuaries as he shares his research with us. This presentation will be followed by an in-person exploration of the Russian River estuary.

Public Outings

Guided Bird Walks
Sears Point
3rd Saturdays 9:30–11:30am Level 2

September 15
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October 13
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November 17
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Fall is the season when millions of migrating birds start returning to the bay. Join our skilled docents on this walk through the wetlands and see this habitat come alive!

Celebrate Bay Day!

Bay Day is an official holiday that unites Bay Area communities to celebrate the bay, its people and wildlife.

Bay Trail Walk
San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge Dickson Unit
October 6, 12noon-1pm, Level 1

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Join Laura Thompson of the San Francisco Bay Trail Project for this hour-long guided walk, which will illuminate how a site once slated for a casino became home to a landscape-scale restoration project that now hosts an important segment of the 500-mile San Francisco Bay Trail. In addition to the trail, we will discuss how staff at Sonoma Land Trust, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited and many other organizations approached restoring 1,000 acres of diked baylands in use as hayfields.

Bay Day! — Kayak Tours
Sears Point October 6, Level 4

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Come celebrate Bay Day with us at the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, site of Sonoma Land Trust’s 1,000-acre tidal marsh restoration currently underway. Join one of our experienced kayak guides for a paddle around the marsh. Bring your own kayak or use one of ours! Be sure to reserve your space for the trip.

Redwood Ecology
Jenner Headlands
October 7, 10am–2pm Level 3

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Celebrate Save the Redwoods League’s Centennial anniversary with a hike into the redwood forests of the Jenner Headlands. We will look at some of the remaining old-growth trees and admire their structures, which provide habitat for so much life.

Hike to Pole Mountain
Round-trip from Little Black Mountain
October 14 10am–4pm Level 4

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Sonoma Land Trust’s Pole Mountain Preserve is opening to the public this fall! You’ll be able to hike up through the Jenner Headlands on your own anytime, but if you’re not ready to tackle the 15-mile round-trip, join us on this 6-mile hike up through our Little Black Mountain Preserve, which is open by guided access only.

Raptors with Larry Broderick
Estero Americano
October 28, 10am–2pm, Level 2

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Skaggs Island
November 4, 10am–2pm, Level 1

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Let’s look to the fall skies with raptor enthusiast and California Certified Naturalist Larry Broderick! Larry’s love for the birds is contagious and he narrates what is happening in the skies with the intensity of a sports commentator. Come away with skills to easily identify the raptors flying overhead during the fall migration.

Member Outings

Estuary Walk
Jenner Headlands
September 15, 10am–2pm

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This members-only walk with Professor Largier of Bodega Marine Lab follows his September 6 presentation on estuaries. We will go up onto the Jenner Headlands for a bird’s-eye view of the Russian River estuary and then take a walk along the water’s edge.

Fall Hawk Migration
Jenner Headlands
October 20, 10am–2pm, Level 3

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West County Hawk Watch has been out on the Jenner Hawk Overlook for nearly 10 years counting hawks flying through on their migration. Join Hawk Watch founder Larry Broderick for a guided walk and experience the thrill of observing these birds of prey ride on the winds.

Serpentine Landscapes
Bohemia Conservation Easement
October 21, 10am–3pm Level 4

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Take a walk with geologist Glenn Melosh and explore an area of the conservation region known as the Occidental Serpentines. We will set off on foot for an up-close look at the serpentinite rocks, the Sargent Cypress trees and a waterfall.

Recreation and Wildlife — How Can We Get Along?
Glen Oaks Ranch
November 3, 10am–2pm Level 3

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Join Sonoma Valley program manager Tony Nelson for a review of our recent Sonoma Valley study on recreational impacts to wildlife. We will walk the trails through this preserve in the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor as we contemplate how to coexist with healthy wildlife populations.

The Many Lives of Laufenburg Ranch
Knights Valley
November 11, 10am–2pm Level 2

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With historian Arthur Dawson, come explore the rich human stories and ecological history of this unique property with spectacular views of Knights Valley and Mount St. Helena. We'll visit a prehistoric archeological site, 130-year-old barn, turn-of-the-20th-century homestead where Charlie Laufenburg spent his life, and consider environmental cycles and people's changing relationships with the land.


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.

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Volunteer with Sonoma Land Trust
You will enjoy:

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


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