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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 Public Outings

Thursday Evening Sunset Hikes

Get out after the heat of the day and enjoy the evening light on a preserve in a different part of the county each week in July.
July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31

Family-friendly Picnic Days at Glen Oaks Ranch

Bring your little ones and enjoy a picnic under the shade of the oak trees at our historic Glen Oaks Ranch. Enjoy free time to explore the trails and the creek, go on a Quest or participate in special activities that are engaging for the whole family!
July 13, July 27

Experience Nature Observation

Increase your nature awareness skills with workshops on Nature Sketching, Photography and Bird Language.
August 3, August 17, August 24

Discover Jenner Headlands

Hike the redwoods and coastal prairie and learn about the unique features of this coastal preserve.
June 28, July 26

Explore Pole Mountain

Hikes are offered the 2nd and 4th Sundays of September and October.
September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26


Thursday Evening Sunset Hikes with
Sonoma Land Trust this July!

Get out after the heat of the day and enjoy the evening light on the land.

White Rock Preserve near Geyserville
Thursday, July 10, 6–9pm
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Jenner RedwoodsEnjoy the juncture of the setting sun and the rising full moon from this rarely-accessed Alexander Valley property named after its predominant geologic feature.
Explore, Level 3

Little Black Mountain near Cazadero
Thursday, July 17, 5:30–9pm
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Jenner RedwoodsEnjoy the expansive views from the top of Lone Antler Trail on one of our prettiest preserves.
Explore, Level 3




Live Oaks Ranch near Calistoga
Thursday, July 24, 6–9pm
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Jenner RedwoodsTraverse the ridgeline on the Sonoma-Napa border and take in the sights from this newly-acquired preserve in the Mayacamas Mountains.
Explore, Level 4



Sears Point Ranch by San Pablo Bay
Thursday, July 31, 6–9pm
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Jenner RedwoodsWatch the sun set across the Petaluma Valley from the foothills of Cougar Mountain.
Explore, Level 3 



Family-friendly Picnic Days at Glen Oaks Ranch
in the Sonoma Valley

Bring your little ones and enjoy a picnic under the shade of the oak trees at our historic Glen Oaks Ranch. Enjoy free time to explore the trails and the creek, go on a Quest or participate in special activities that are engaging for the whole family! The ranch will be open from 9 to 1—come anytime!

Open between 9am–1pm

Sunday, July 13, 9am–1pm
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Raptors with the Bird Rescue Center, 10:30–11am
Glen Oaks RanchSee a red-tailed hawk and a great-horned owl up close! Learn about these native birds and how they live in the wild.






Sunday, July 27, 9am–1pm
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Hands-on with Snakes, 10:30–11am
Glen Oaks RanchLook at and touch live snakes with Doug Hall! Watch a snake detach its jaws to eat an egg, listen to stories about these wild reptiles and learn what to do when encountering a snake in the wild.


Experience Nature Observation

Nature Sketching with Joseph Kinyon
Estero Americano Preserve on the Marin-Sonoma border
Sunday, August 3, 10am–2pm
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Estero Americana Join naturalist Joseph Kinyon, Sonoma Land Trust’s GIS manager, for a day of nature sketching as a tool for observation. Learn simple techniques for drawing what you see and deepen your experience of the natural world. Enjoy some time alone exploring the preserve while recording your observations. You don’t need to be an artist! All it takes is a willing and inquisitive mind.
Experience, Level 2

Photographing Nature with Corby Hines
Estero Americano Preserve on the Marin-Sonoma border
Sunday, August 17, 4pm–8pm
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Estero Americano
Nature offers an amazing diversity of colors, shapes and perspectives, providing endless opportunities for the photographer. Join Sonoma Land Trust’s Outings Assistant Corby Hines, also a professional photographer, to learn how to take advantage of what the moment offers and capture beautiful images using the tools on hand. We will explore the landscape of the Estero Americano, observing how light interacts with water, land and sky during the golden hours prior to sunset.
Experience, Level 3

Bird Language with Jay Markert
Glen Oaks Ranch in Sonoma Valley
Sunday, August 24, 9am-12pm
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birds on branchesHave you ever found yourself wondering what the birds are saying when they sing their melodious songs? Join Jay Markert of Living Mandala to learn the basics of understanding the language of the birds — the different types of calls, what they mean and what they indicate is happening in the environment. We will spend some time listening quietly to the sounds and patterns of nature and gain a deeper understanding of what is happening on the land around us. Please note: This is not a workshop on bird identification.
Experience, Level 2

Discover Jenner Headlands

Redwood Forest and Coastal Prairie Ecology at Jenner Headlands
Saturday, June 28, 10am-3pm
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Jenner RedwoodsHike the redwood forest and coastal prairie with project manager Brook Edwards and learn about how the Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy are caring for these important ecosystems. Ecologically-sound management practices are the key to our long-term goal of bringing back the big trees, restoring the native forest and maintaining the coastal prairie. Redwood ecology, native plants and animals, and cattle grazing are all topics of discussion on this guided hike.
Discover, Level 4

Geology of Jenner Headlands
With Loren Raymond
Saturday, July 26 10am–3pm
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Jenner RedwoodsRock out with us on the Jenner Headlands as we tour the coastal prairie with Geologist Loren Raymond! Come and learn about the unique geologic history that has shaped the Jenner Headlands and the Sonoma coast over time, and understand what a truly amazing landscape we live in. The strenuous 4.5-mile roundtrip hike will ascend more than 800 feet in elevation and, along the way, hikers will be greeted with dazzling views of the Sonoma Coast (on clear days!) Some sections of the route are especially rough with uneven footing; being in good physical condition is a must.
Discover, Level 4

Explore Pole Mountain

Jenner Redwoods
Join Sonoma Land Trust in celebration of our most recent acquisition – Pole Mountain! This strenuous, 6-mile round-trip hike begins at our Little Black Mountain Preserve, and has a 1,000-foot elevation gain as we hike up the north side of the mountain along old ranch roads. We will enjoy a picnic lunch at the top of Pole Mountain, as we bask in the panoramic views from the Sonoma Coast’s highest peak.

Sunday, September 14, 10am–4pm
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Sunday, September 28, 10am–4pm
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Sunday, October 12, 10am–4pm
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Sunday, October 26, 10am–4pm
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Email us at outings@sonomalandtrust.org or call 707.526.6930 ext. 114 for more information.

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

For more than 35 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

Become a Member
You will receive:

  • quarterly announcements of upcoming members-only hikes
  • monthly eNews and quarterly newsletters
  • seasonal invitations to members-only open days at Glen Oaks Ranch
  • annual holiday open house and other special events
  • ongoing satisfaction of helping preserve what we all love most about Sonoma County

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