Sonoma County Regional Parks is offering dozens of free or low-cost activities countywide this September, October and November. Some of the outings include:
Nature Heals: People’s Yoga Pop Ups. Recharge your mind, body and spirit with a monthly immersion in the beauty, tranquility and healing power of our natural environment. Sept. 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail, 20600 Mockingbird Road, Bodega Bay; Sept. 27, 6 to 7 p.m. Doran Regional Park, 201 Doran Beach, Bodega Bay; Nov. 7, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Ragle Ranch, 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol
Making an Impression: Fall Eco Print Workshop and Walk. Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Learn to capture the colors and shapes of nature. Identify local leaves, fruits and flowers that are great for eco-printing in fall. Create your own unique and naturally designed silk scarf or bandana to celebrate this colorful season. All materials provided. Bring a picnic lunch. The cost is $15 and registration is required. For more information, call 707-527-9277 x110.
Nature Heals: Women's Creativity Walk. Sept. 30,from10 a.m. to noon at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, 5750 Faught Road, Windsor. After the wildfires, the Sonoma County landscape is recovering. Our community can heal with nature.
Nature Heals: Nature Photography Expeditions. Sept. 30, from9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stillwater Cove Regional Park, 22455 Highway 1, Jenner.
Twilight trip to see the Vaux’s swifts roosting on the Russian River. Sept. 18, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, 13839 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg. Celebrate the winged wonders that makes the Russian River their migratory stopover, the Vaux’s swifts. These birds come annually to a Healdsburg location in the thousands each year, and provide a spectacular twilight show as the return to their roosting site for rest. It will begin with an overview and then caravan to the site. Bring a lawn chair, binoculars and layered clothing for the chilly riverside evening. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, call 707-539-2865.
Junior Ranger Program. An interactive program where youth grow their outdoor skills and stewardship of the earth. Youth ages 7-13 will have the opportunity to explore our county’s parks with a different ranger each month. Bring a snack, sunscreen, weather appropriate clothing and wear comfortable footwear. Sorry, adults, kids only.
Natural Exploration: Steelhead Streams. Sept. 28, 4 to 6 p.m. Stillwater Cove Regional Park. Learn about the steelhead trout that live in our local streams. Then, take a short walk along the creek and test your ability to spot these elusive fish. Meet in the day use parking lot. Fee: $5; parking $7 orfree for Regional Parks members
Skill Building: Surviving the Wilderness. Oct. 10, 4 to 6 p.m. Riverfront Regional Park. Learn handy wilderness first aid skills to keep you safe during your outdoor adventures. Do you know how to build a splint with only the things you find around you? You will after this program!Fee: $5; parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
Natural Exploration: Being a Sea Steward. Nov. 17, 1 to 3 p.m. Doran Regional Park, Cypress day use lot. Are you a friend of the ocean? Help with a beach cleanup, and then explore the tide pools.Fee: $5; parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
Eco-Access Hike: Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cloverdale River Park, 31820 McCray Road, Cloverdale. Get outdoors for an accessible hike for folks of all abilities and ages. At Cloverdale River Park, we’ll learn the importance of the Russian River and its special status species. Bring a dish for a potluck style lunch. Free. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
Wildfire Anniversary Event: Community Healing Together, Oct. 6, from11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shiloh Ranch Regional Park: 5750 Faught Road, Windsor. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the wildfires, we invite you to surround yourself with artistic expression focused on community well-being and connections. This all-ages event will feature art activities, musical performances, guided hikes, and food. Free. Reflect on the past year while witnessing the recovering landscape of Shiloh Ranch Regional Park. Partners include the California HOPE Project, Child Parent Institute, Community Soils, Raizes Collective, Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, Sonoma County Regional Parks and Windsor Parks and Recreation.
All activity and event details are on the activities calendar at SonomaCountyParks.org as well as in a fall activities guide available for download in English and Spanish. For more information, contact Program Manager Sandi Funke at 707-565-2041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.