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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 Summer Outings

It’s a new season and time to celebrate the land we love and protect in Sonoma County! All events are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Members receive special discounts on all fees.

Summer Sunset Hikes
Enjoy the long summer days and join SLT staff for an evening stroll with amazing views.

Experience the Estero Americano Preserve
Get in touch with nature at the Estero Americano Preserve.

A Geology Transect of Sonoma County
Join geologist Glenn Melosh for a weekend of discovery on the edge of the continent in Sonoma County.

DISCOVER Glen Oaks Ranch — The Heart of the Sonoma Valley!
Enjoy creating connections with local, seasonal food and the land at Sonoma Land Trust’s historic Glen Oaks Ranch, located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor.

Yoga on the Land
Experience a yoga session in the outdoors with expert instructors followed by a hike, gourmet appetizers and wine.


                 

Summer Sunset Hikes

Enjoy the long summer days and join SLT staff for an evening stroll with amazing views!
Free to members / $10 non-members


Sears Point Uplands
Thursday, July 16, 6:30—9pm

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Look out over San Pablo Bay and the future tidal marsh from atop the foothills of Cougar Mountain.

Explore, Level 3
General naturalist hikes that provide an opportunity to enjoy the scenery on protected lands. Some steep inclines and/or no trails.


Little Black Mountain Lone Antler Lookout
Thursday, July 30, 6:30—9pm

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Hike the mixed forest of our oldest preserve and enjoy the sweeping views to the southeast from the foothills of Pole Mountain.

Explore, Level 3
General naturalist hikes that provide an opportunity to enjoy the scenery on protected lands. Some steep inclines and/or no trails.

Experience the Estero Americano Preserve

Learn techniques and tools to enhance your powers of observation in the outdoors.
Free to all

Photography with Corby Hines
Sunday, July 19, 4–8pm

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Nature offers an astonishing 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 2
Activities designed to increase observational skills and use of the senses in getting to know the landscape. Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

Nature Journaling with Joseph Kinyon
Sunday, August 9, 10am—2pm

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Join naturalist Joseph Kinyon, Sonoma Land Trust’s GIS manager, for a day of nature journaling at Estero Americano Preserve. Learn how to create a nature journal as a tool for deepening your experience of the natural world. Enjoy some time alone exploring the preserve and recording your observations. You don’t need to be an artist or a poet! All it takes is a willing and inquisitive mind.

Experience, Level 2
Activities designed to increase observational skills and use of the senses in getting to know the landscape. Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails.

A Geology Transect of Sonoma County

Join geologist Glenn Melosh for a weekend of discovery on the edge of the continent in Sonoma County and form a broad visual concept of its history and structure. The program includes an introductory lecture followed by three half-day field trips to provide direct experience with rocks exposed in several protected areas. This will all be reviewed on the last hike from a viewpoint over the eastern part of the county.

Introductory evening is a prerequisite for all field trips. We encourage attendance to all three field trips in order to get the complete experience, but you may also register for field trips individually.

Intro lecture free to all. A ($50) Sonoma Land Trust membership is required to attend the field trips ($90 value). Special “Sonoma Geology” t-shirt included for all participants.

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Intro to Sonoma County Geology in Santa Rosa
Thursday, August 13, 7— 8:30pm
This presentation will introduce simple geologic concepts, visualizations of the large-scale processes and the broad-brush geologic history of the county. The ideas introduced will set the stage for understanding what we will be seeing in the field.

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.

Bodega Head – Shell Beach – Kortum Trail on the Sonoma Coast
Friday, August 14, 3—8pm

Beginning at Bodega Head, we will visit the western boundary of North America at the San Andreas Fault and the birthplace of the environmental movement in Sonoma County. We will proceed across the fault by car and hike down onto Shell Beach to look into the tortured and fragmented Franciscan Formation and the overlying young marine sediments. We will enjoy a BYO picnic supper overlooking the ocean, and finish with a hike up the Kortum Trail to visit rock outcrops on the coastal plain that have been interpreted as mammoth scratching posts.

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


Harrison Grade Ecological Reserve ­Ward Creek in West County
Saturday, August 15, 9am—3pm

We will begin with a short hike across a chunk of the upper mantle at Harrison Grade Ecological Reserve with its unique serpentine plant community. We will then journey past Cazadero for a hike up SLT’s Ward Creek conservation easement where we will see a range of rocks from deep to very shallow portions of the Franciscan Formation.

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

Live Oaks Ranch in Knights Valley
Sunday, August 16, 9am—1pm

This hike will take us into Live Oaks Ranch and the overlying volcanic rocks at the base of Mount Saint Helena, which buried the eastern portion of the county in widespread glowing cloud ash flows about two million years ago. From an overlook, we will see another fault member of the San Andreas system and review our geologic experiences over the last few days in light of a crustal-scale interpretation of the county.

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

DISCOVER Glen Oaks Ranch — The Heart of the Sonoma Valley!

Enjoy creating connections with local, seasonal food and the land at Sonoma Land Trust’s historic Glen Oaks Ranch, located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor. Activities each day include a guided hike to the Sonoma Valley Overlook, a wildlife-camera photo slideshow, a tour of the historic mansion and guided nature-based activities for kids. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the picnic areas, open hiking trails and a self-guided Nature Quest.

Cost: $15 adults; $5 kids. Members receive $5 off all tickets.


Where the Wild Things Are
Sunday, July 26, Open from 9:30am—1:30pm; wildlife corridor slideshow at 11:30am

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Sonoma Land Trust has a grid of 50 wildlife cameras from Sonoma Mountain through Sonoma Valley up into the Mayacamas Mountains. Come see some of our favorite animal cameos as project manager Tony Nelson narrates the story of the wildlife corridor that passes through this very place!

Gates open: 9:30am
Guided Hike from the meadow to the overlook: 10—11am
Guided kids’ nature activities: 10:30—11:30am
House tour: 11—11:30am
Wildlife corridor slideshow: 11:30am—12noon
Guided kids’ nature activities: 12:30—1:30pm
Gates close: 1:30pm

Storytelling and S’mores around the “Campfire”
Saturday, August 29, Open from 4–7:30pm; storytelling at 6pm

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Let’s roast marshmallows over the “campfire” and enjoy s’mores and wine as we listen to author, historian and storyteller Arthur Dawson recount some of our best local tales: how the world began on top of Sonoma Mountain, the days when sugar was worth its weight in gold, ghost dogs and buried swords. surviving the Great Fire of 1923, and more. Suitable for all ages.

Gates open: 4pm
Guided Hike from the meadow to the overlook: 4:30—5:30pm
Guided kids’ nature activities: 4:30—5:30pm
House tour: 5—5:30pm
Wildlife corridor slideshow: 5:30—6pm
Stories and s’mores: 6—7:30pm
Gates close: 7:30pm

Apple Cider-Making with Slow Food
Sunday, September 13, Open from 9:30am—1:30pm; cider talk at 11:30am

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Join members of Slow Food to make cider using an old-fashioned apple press and learn about the community apple press project. We’ll use apples from your trees or ours. Bring jars if you’d like to take some cider home. For the adults, we’ll also have some local hard cider to taste.

Gates open: 9:30am
Apple cider-making: 10am—1pm
Guided Hike from the meadow to the overlook: 10—11am
Guided kids’ nature activities: 10:30—11:30am
House tour: 11—11:30am
Cider talk: 11:30am—12noon
Wildlife corridor slideshow: 12—12:30pm
Guided kids’ nature activities: 12:30—1:30pm
Gates close: 1:30pm

All Things Pumpkin
Sunday, October 11, Open from 9:30am—1:30pm; pumpkin talk at 11:30am

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Celebrate the fall with pumpkin carving and a variety of foods made from pumpkins! Join Jane Van Susteren, plant biologist and pumpkin fanatic, for a foray into pumpkin traditions and recipes from around the world. Taste everything from pumpkin custard baked in its shell to Chilean pumpkin fry bread. Pumpkins are provided.

Gates open: 9:30am
Pumpkin carving: 10am—1pm
Guided Hike from the meadow to the overlook: 10—11am
Guided kids’ nature activities: 10:30—11:30am
House tour: 11—11:30am
Pumpkin talk: 11:30am—12noon
Wildlife corridor slideshow: 12—12:30pm
Guided kids’ nature activities: 12:30—1:30pm
Gates close: 1:30pm

Yoga on the Land

Experience a yoga session in the outdoors with expert instructors followed by a hike, gourmet appetizers and wine.

Yoga on the Land at Glen Oaks Ranch
Saturday, August 8, 9am-12pm

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Enjoy a yoga class outside at Glen Oaks Ranch where history comes to life with a150-year-old mansion, vineyards, a rushing creek and stunning views. The day’s program will include a hike, yoga class in the meadow with instructor Anna McLawhorn, a tour of the mansion, good company, and gourmet snacks and beverages.

Yoga Instructor

Anna McLawhorn is the founder and chief joy instigator of three dog yoga. She has been teaching at three dog since we opened in 2009, she is also the director of our California Power Yoga Teacher Training Program and is a 200-hour RYT with Baptiste Power Yoga.

“Yoga on the land is the perfect way to experience all the principles we practice on the mat...breathing fresh air, grounding down to rise up, being at ease with ourselves and the planet.”

Registration includes the following:

  • Yoga on the land class
  • Sonoma Land Trust T-shirt (organic cotton, low-impact dyes, made in the USA)
  • Hike led by naturalist Corby Hines
  • Gourmet appetizers and wine
  • Membership benefits, including a quarterly hikes series, a special annual event and the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to saving the scenic, natural and open spaces of Sonoma County.

Please note that memberships become effective upon registration and are non-refundable.

Yoga on the Land at Little Black Mountain
Sunday, October 4th, 3—7:30pm
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As summer’s heat tempers to a golden warmth, experience the autumnal beauty of Little Black Mountain, a unique landscape in a mixed-conifer and hardwood forest with meadows and spectacular views. The afternoon program will include a hike, yoga class with instructor Elias Gaitan, good company, and wine and gourmet appetizers at twilight.

Yoga Instructor

Elias Gaitan is the founder of True for You Yoga

"The teachings of yoga are similar to the teachings of the land; stillness, balance, flexibility, inhale and exhale... to behold the beauty of our precious life.  Yoga teaches us to be present. Like yoga, the land tempts us with her masterpiece, she yearns for us to be present, to stop and smell the flowers... to feel and see our beautiful moment of life."

Registration includes the following:

  • Yoga on the land class
  • Sonoma Land Trust T-shirt (organic cotton, low-impact dyes, made in the USA)
  • Hike led by naturalist Corby Hines
  • Gourmet appetizers and wine
  • Membership benefits, including a quarterly hikes series, a special annual event and the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to saving the scenic, natural and open spaces of Sonoma County.

Please note that memberships become effective upon registration and are non-refundable.

 


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 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

 

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