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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

2016 Winter Outings

Come join us on the land for a winter adventure! All events are open on a first-come, first-served basis. All winter outings are free and open to the public, except where noted.

San Pablo Bay Ecology — A Presentation by Peter Baye
February 10 (Wednesday), 7–9pm

SF Bay Flyway Festival: Sears Point Tidal Marsh Open Day
February 21 (Sunday), 9am–2pm

Winter Raptors by the Bay: Walks With Larry Broderick
February 13 (Saturday), 10am—1pm, Tolay Creek Ranch
February 27 (Saturday), 10am—1pm, Skaggs Island
March 12 (Saturday), 10am—1pm, Sears Point Uplands

Kayak the Tidal Marsh at Sears Point (members only)
February 11 (Thursday), 9:30am—1:30pm
March 10 (Thursday), 9:30am—1:30pm

Pozzi Ranch and Sonoma Wool Company in Valley Ford (members only)
March 20 (Sunday), 1—4pm

40th Anniversary Field Trips!

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we will be offering three special trips each season spanning the breadth of our work from some of our earliest projects to some of our biggest hallmark properties. Open to members only. Cost $60/trip or $225 for all three.

Sonoma Valley: SLT Origins and the Wildlife Corridor
Oak Hill Farm, Stuart Creek Run, Secret Pasture
February 20 (Saturday), 9am—4:30pm

Mayacamas and Knights Valley: The County’s Rocky Eastern Edge
Nefertierra, Laufenburg Ranch, Live Oaks Ranch
March 5 (Saturday), 9am—4:30pm

Sonoma Mountain: An Ecological and Historical Exploration
Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation and others!
March 19 (Saturday), 1—7:30pm


40th Anniversary Field Trips!

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we will be offering three special trips each season spanning the breadth of our work from some of our earliest projects to some of our biggest hallmark properties. Meet the people behind the conservation and visit natural places not often seen!

For members only. Cost: $60. Trips include transportation and meals.
Special package: $225 for all three trips in a season. Includes 40th Anniversary water bottle.

Sonoma Valley: SLT Origins and the Wildlife Corridor
Oak Hill Farm, Stuart Creek Run, Secret Pasture
February 20 (Saturday), 9am—4:30pm
Featuring Anne Teller, Tony Nelson, John McCaull and Jen Stanfield

Register Online $60
Register Online $225

We begin our 40th Anniversary field trip series with a visit to Oak Hill Farm, a Sonoma Land Trust conservation easement property owned by Anne Teller, widow of the late Otto Teller, one of the original founders of Sonoma Land Trust. We will learn about the wildlife corridor that runs through Sonoma Valley as we tour the area and visit SLT-owned Stuart Creek Run and Secret Pasture, one of SLT’s first properties, which was donated by Otto Teller in 1979.

Level 3
Some steep inclines and/or no trails

Mayacamas and Knights Valley: The County’s Rocky Eastern Edge
Nefertierra, Laufenburg Ranch, Live Oaks Ranch
March 5 (Saturday), 9am—4:30pm
Featuring Susan Manuel Smith, Bob Neale and Reta Lockert
Register Online $60
Register Online
$225

The second trip in our 40th Anniversary series begins with a visit to Nefertierra, SLT’s first conservation easement dating back to 1979. Susan Manuel Smith, who has lovingly cared for the land all these years, will show us around and introduce us to some of the 300 species of native plants she has identified. We will then continue on to Laufenburg Ranch and Live Oaks Ranch, properties that were bequeathed to SLT by Charlie Laufenburg in 1988 and Marie Rogers in 2010, respectively. Learn these properties’ histories, experience their beauty and be inspired by the foresight and generosity of these donors.

Level 3
Some steep inclines and/or no trails

Sonoma Mountain: An Ecological and Historical Exploration
Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation and others!
March 19 (Saturday), 1—7:30pm
Featuring Wendy Eliot, Tony Nelson, Jeff Wilcox and Arthur Dawson
Register Online $60

Register Online
$225

Sonoma Mountain has long been a conservation focus of Sonoma Land Trust. It serves as a vital connecting corridor for wildlife in the greater Marin Coast to Blue Ridge critical linkage. Hike around the Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation and enjoy panoramic views across the county as we learn about the area’s history and ecology, current management practices and wildlife discoveries, and future visions for ongoing conservation in the region.

Level 3
Some steep inclines and/or no trails

2016 Winter Outings

Come join us on the land for a winter adventure! All events are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration begins February 1 at noon.

San Pablo Bay Ecology — A Presentation by Peter Baye
At the Sonoma Land Trust office
February 10 (Wednesday), 7—9pm

Register Online
Free and open to all.
Longtime wetland ecologist Peter Baye will highlight the distinctive evolution of the wetlands in the Sears Point area, the restoration efforts underway and their future potential in relation to climate change in the 21st Century. Learn about the vegetation, geology, sea level rise and some of the latest scientific discoveries. This is an excellent opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of the characteristics that make this area so vital to protect.

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

SF Bay Flyway Festival:
Sears Point Tidal Marsh Open Day
February 21 (Sunday), 9am—2pm

Register Online
Free and open to all.
Come walk along the newest section of the Bay Trail and meet fellow birders while observing the shorebirds and waterfowl in the newly created wetlands. Be sure to bring your binoculars and spotting scopes! Drop by any time between 9am to 2pm. Offered by Sonoma Land Trust and San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Explore, Level 2
General naturalist hikes that provide an opportunity to enjoy the scenery on protected lands. Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails

Winter Raptors by the Bay:
Walks With Larry Broderick

Come join raptor enthusiast Larry Broderick in the Baylands for a look at migratory and resident birds of prey. Possible “overwintering” raptors include ferruginous hawks, merlins, cooper’s hawks and sharp-shinned hawks. Resident birds we may see include red-tailed hawks, kestrels, harriers, kites, red-shouldered hawks and maybe even a golden eagle or two. Join us as we focus on where to look for raptors, what their habits are, how to know what you’re looking at and how to compare the characteristics of species.
Free and open to all.

February 13 (Saturday), 10am—1pm
Tolay Creek Ranch

Register Online
Tolay Creek Ranch is home to a resident golden eagle, as well as several other raptor species. Take a walk with Larry Broderick along the creek and atop the hills for a glimpse of the bird species that are supported by the different habitat types. The 1,665-acre Tolay Creek Ranch is a swath of grassland and creek habitats connecting the wetlands fringing San Pablo Bay to the foothills of Sonoma Mountain, and will soon be added to the adjacent Tolay Lake Regional Park.

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.

February 27 (Saturday), 10am—1pm
Skaggs Island

Register Online
This area is rife with raptors, both resident and migratory. Join San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge staff member Melisa Amato and birder extraordinaire Larry Broderick for a raptor walk and tour of Skaggs Island. Learn about the history of the island along with plans to restore it to marsh as we scan the sky for the abundant displays of birds of prey above. We will drive to various locations on the 4,400-acre island, taking walks at scenic locations.

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.

March 12 (Saturday), 10am—1pm
Sears Point Uplands

Register Online
Hike the hilly grasslands with long-time raptor enthusiast Larry Broderick as we search for resident and overwintering raptors and learn how to identify the different raptor species. If it is a clear day, we will also enjoy the panoramic views from San Pablo Bay to San Francisco, Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tam. Bring your binoculars!

Discover, Level 3
Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field. Some steep inclines and/or no trails

Kayak the Tidal Marsh at Sears Point
February 11 (Thursday), 9:30am—1:30pm

Register Online

March 10 (Thursday), 9:30am—1:30pm

Register Online
Must have own kayak and some experience on open water. Requires carrying or wheeling your kayak 500 ft to launch site.
Members only. Free.

Join Sonoma Land Trust staff for a kayak tour of the waters of the new tidal marsh. View the marsh mounds up close, explore the eastern boundary of the restored area and visit the levee breach sites. We will learn about the restoration project as we paddle and enjoy the abundance of birds and views unseen from land.

Discover, Level 4
Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field. Steep routes with questionable trails and fearless hike leaders.

Pozzi Ranch and Sonoma Wool Company in Valley Ford
March 20 (Sunday), 1—4pm

Members only. Free.
Register Online
Hike and tour Pozzi Ranch with Joe Pozzi and Amy Chesnut. Learn about land conservation in the Estero watershed, raising grass-fed lamb and what they do with all of that wool! Witness a sheep-shearing demo and beautiful views of Mount St. Helena, Pole Mountain, Estero Ranch and the ocean.

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.

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.

For more than 40 years, the Sonoma Land Trust has been a vehicle for people with passion, persistence and a love of the land to come together to protect forever one of the most beautiful counties in America.

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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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