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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 Fall Outings

Join us on an outing and see for yourself the lands we are protecting. All outings are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Become a member and receive discounts on all events.

Raptors Raptors Raptors! on the Sonoma Coast
Fall is the season for the southern migration of birds of prey.

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.

Kayak the Estero Americano

Get to Know the Oaks at Live Oaks Ranch


 

Raptors Raptors Raptors!

Fall is the season for the southern migration of birds of prey. The Sonoma Coast by Jenner has been a terrific place to witness these majestic birds on their lengthy flights. Begin the season with a slideshow providing a sweeping overview of the raptors that can be found in this area and join us on the land for an in-person look, too! We’ll be visiting the Estero Americano, Jenner Headlands and Pole Mountain in our quest to view our feathered friends.
Free to all                

Raptors of Sonoma County — A slideshow by Larry Broderick
Thursday, September 10, 7–9pm at the Sonoma Land Trust office

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Raptor ID specialist Larry Broderick, founder of West County Hawk Watch, has a contagious love for raptors. In his exciting presentation, with field photos covering the span of raptor families and characteristics, Larry’s enthusiasm and stories are sure to get you itching to get on your feet and see these birds with your own binoculars.

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.

Raptors at Estero Americano — An Exploration
Saturday, September 12, 10am–2pm

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The protected waters of the Estero Americano provide a rich background upon which to view these migratory bird species. Larry Broderick will provide some tips for identifying raptors that you see, and then you will be free to explore the property on your own in search of views. Check back with Larry from time to time to gain insight into what you are noticing in the field, and we’ll wrap up the day by sharing our experiences with each other.

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.

Raptors at Pole Mountain — Guided Hikes

Saturday, September 19, 9:30am–4:30pm
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Saturday, September 26, 9:30am–4:30pm
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Over the past year, as we’ve started to get acquainted with Pole Mountain, our recently-protected property above the Jenner Headlands, we have witnessed several remarkable raptors from atop the mountain. So we’ve invited Larry Broderick along to guide us as we traverse the northern ridge of Pole Mountain and reach its peak. This is a 6-mile roundtrip hike with 1,000 feet elevation gain beginning at our Little Black Mountain Preserve. You must be in good physical condition and able to hike up steep terrain.

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.

 

Raptors at Jenner Headlands — A Guided Hike
Sunday, September 27, 10am–3pm

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Jenner Headlands is the home of West County Hawk Watch, a group that has been collecting fall raptor migration data since 2010 when the property was first protected. The numbers of raptors have, at times, rivaled those seen at Hawk Hill in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Join Sonoma Land Trust staff as we hike the coastal prairie loop trail up to the Jenner Hawk Overlook. Larry Broderick will join us as a guide on the second half of the hike as we descend through the landscape and catch the birds on the wind. This is a 4.5-mile hike with 800 feet elevation gain on ground with uneven footing.

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.


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.

4:30—5:30pm Guided hike
4:30—5:30pm Kids’ nature activities
5—5:30pm House tour
5:30—6pm Wildlife corridor slideshow
6—7:30pm Stories and s’mores

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.

10am—1pm Apple cider making
9:45—11:15am Guided hike
10:30—11:30am and 12:30—1:30pm Kids’ nature activities
11—11:30am and 12:30—1pm House tours
11:30am–noon Cider talk
12—12:30pm Wildlife corridor slideshow

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.

10am—1pm Pumpkin carving
9:45—11:15am Guided hike
10:30—11:30am and 12:30—1:30pm Kids’ nature activities
11—11:30am and 12:30—1pm House tours
11:30am—noon Pumpkin talk
12—12:30pm Wildlife corridor slideshow

Early Agricultural History and the Wildlife Corridor
Sunday, November 8, 10am–1pm
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Free to all
Local historian Arthur Dawson will delight us with stories of the ranch’s agricultural history: from its use as cattle range to its prominence in 19th-century viticulture to the devastating impact of phylloxera. Sonoma Land Trust staff will speak about efforts currently underway to preserve the wildlife corridor that passes through the area. Kids can join in the guided nature activities while adults participate in the discussions. Afterward, enjoy a BYO picnic lunch, take a stroll along the trails or tour the historic mansion.

10am—noon Presentations
10am—noon Kids’ nature activities
12—12:30pm House tour
Noon—1pm BYO picnic, self-guided walks

There is no cost for this event. The outing is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Ag and Open Space District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax, and supporters of Sonoma Land Trust.

Part of the Agricultural Heritage Series brought to you by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District & the Sonoma Resource Conservation District in partnership with the Sonoma Land Trust.

Yoga on the Land

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, good company, and wine and gourmet appetizers at twilight.

$50 new membership / $40 existing members

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.


Kayak the Estero Americano
Thursday, October 29, 10am–2pm

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Free to all
Experience the beauty of the Estero Americano from your kayak! Join outings assistant and kayak guide Corby Hines as we launch from our Estero Americano Preserve and paddle at a leisurely pace across the expansive waters of the Estero toward the sea and back, keeping an eye out for wildlife. Total distance is approximately 3 miles. You must bring your own kayak and have some experience on open water.

Experience, Level 4
Activities designed to increase observational skills and use of the senses in getting to know the landscape. Steep routes with questionable trails and fearless hike leaders.


Get to Know the Oaks at Live Oaks Ranch
Saturday, November 7, 1–4pm

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$10 non-members / Free to members
Join a walk with a very special guest, ecologist and local oak expert Steve Barnhart, retired SRJC professor and former education director of Pepperwood Preserve, for an autumn walk amongst the many species of oaks at our Live Oaks Ranch in Knights Valley. We will learn about the oak woodland habitat and learn to identify the oaks hands-on as we stroll through this protected basin along the headwaters of Bidwell Creek.

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 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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  • Access to diverse and beautiful properties
  • Educational and skill building opportunities
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