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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

Discover Raptors Who Winter in the Baylands

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.

Raptor Walk at Tolay Creek Ranch
Sunday, January 25, 10am‑1pm
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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 links a habitat corridor extending from the wetlands fringing San Pablo Bay to the foothills of Sonoma Mountain, and is soon to be incorporated into adjacent Tolay Lake Regional Park.

Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails

SF Bay Flyway Festival Raptor Walk at Sears Point Ranch
Sunday, February 15, 10am–1pm
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Join Sonoma Land Trust at Sears Point for the 19th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival. Hike the hilly grasslands with long-time raptor enthusiast Larry Broderick as we search for resident and migratory raptors and learn how to identify the different raptor species. From this vantage point, we will also get to look out over the  in-progress, 1,000-acre tidal marsh restoration project area and enjoy the panoramic views of San Pablo Bay to San Francisco, Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tam. Bring your binoculars!

Level 3
Some steep inclines and/or no trails

Raptors at Haire Ranch/Skaggs Island
Sunday, March 1, 10am–1pm
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This area is rife with raptors, both resident and migratory. Join San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge Manager Don Brubaker and birder extraordinaire Larry Broderick for a raptor walk and tour of Skaggs Island and Haire Ranch. Learn about the history of the island along with plans for the restoration of Skaggs Island to marsh as we scan the sky for the abundant displays of raptors above. We will drive to various locations on the 4,400-acre island, taking walks at scenic locations.

Level 2
Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails

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

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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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