From the good folks at Pepperwood Preserve:


Celebrate the delights of our native wildflowers and the majesty of the Mayacamas Mountains at Pepperwood’s annual Wildflower Festival to be held Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Pepperwood Preserve. The festival is free and families are welcome. The festival is sponsored by the Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.

This year’s festival will include an array of activities for the whole family. Participants will have the opportunity to go on guided wildflower walks or enjoy hiking the preserve at their own pace on a self-guided interpretive walk. The Dwight Center for Conservation Science will feature lectures to inform visitors about the diversity of our region’s flora and fauna, a wildflower display and art exhibit, and fun hands-on activities for kids. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about different community organizations working with Pepperwood to protect the North Bay’s natural heritage for generations to come. Refreshments will be available on-site for purchase. Last year’s festival drew hundreds of visitors.

Pepperwood is an ecological institute dedicated to educating, engaging, and inspiring its community through science-based conservation, leading-edge research, and multidisciplinary educational programs. Dedicated to the protection of the region’s rich biodiversity represented within its 3,200 acres, Pepperwood provides unique open-space access to nature lovers, volunteers, students, and scientists from the Bay Area and beyond. The Preserve is located at 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, off Franz Valley Road, approximately midway between the towns of Santa Rosa and Calistoga, and adjacent to Safari West. To find directions and more information about Pepperwood Preserve and its programs, visit