Plenty of chances to hike on this ‘Earth Day’ weekend (the day is technically Monday, April 22, but that may not be an ideal outdoors day for your schedule):

- Pepperwood Preserve, Sunday, April 21.  Guided and self-guided hikes. All-day festival (9 am to 4 pm.)

In their words: “Take in 360° views of Sonoma County on a driving tour of Pepperwood or enjoy a wildflower walk with local botanists. View artist Pamela Glasscock’s spectacular watercolor renditions of wildflowers featured in our new gallery exhibit. Enjoy activities designed for the whole family! All this AND MORE at the 5th annual Pepperwood Wildflower Festival. This event is sure to be a blast for kids and adults alike. Come anytime between 9am and 4pm. Bring layers for unexpected weather on the mountain and please carpool if possible. Food provided by Adafina Culinary and The Cheese Shop of Healdsburg will be available for purchase. This event is free and advance registration is NOT required. ” Click here for more info.

- Jack London State Park, Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21. Not really an organized hike but some area wineries are partnering to donate some proceeds to the park, and the park suggests you make a picnic of your winery purchase as part of a hike. Which sounds like a good plan too. More info here.

- John Muir’s home and orchards, Martinez, Saturday, April 20. It’s a Sierra Club sponsored event at the house, which is worth seeing and is a National Historic Site. The event isn’t about hiking but there are several hikes in the area that you can do to combine the two. More info here.

- Ravenswood Winery, Sonoma. Saturday and Sunday. Hikes at noon and 3 p.m. each day. $ for non-Club members. More info here.

There’s a list here as well of not just hikes but other Earth Day-related activities. Plenty of other ones too, so if you know of one that you want to let people know about, feel free to leave it in the comments section below. Thanks!




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    From Sonoma County Parks:

    “Parks Celebration” Offers More Than 60 Outdoor Events from Earth Day to Memorial Day
    Hikes, Festivals and Other Activities Kick Off Sonoma County’s Parks Season

    Sonoma County Regional Parks presents Parks Celebration 2013, more than 60 free or low-cost adventures in public parks and open spaces from Earth Day weekend through Memorial Day. An annual promotion highlighting the many ways to enjoy public lands, Parks Celebration kicks off in the coming week with a family campfire at Riverfront Regional Park, wildflower hikes at Shiloh Ranch and Hood Mountain, a Great Blue Heron walk at Riverfront, a full-moon outing on Taylor Mountain and other events throughout the county.

    Parks Celebration marks the start of parks season and is an opportunity to explore Sonoma County’s spring beauty and diverse landscapes. During Parks Celebration, you can hike with a naturalist, study the stars, learn local history, take the kids to festivals and enroll in an outdoor fitness classes. You can join Regional Park rangers for wilderness training, beach walks, outdoor cooking lessons and Mothers Day outings. You can join partner organizations for kayak races, picnics, concerts, gardening classes, stewardship projects and specialty hikes at the Jenner Headlands, Willow Creek People Powered Park and other protected properties not yet open to the general public.

    Parks Celebration is organized by Regional Parks and the nonprofit Regional Parks Foundation, with events hosted by Regional Parks, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, Valley of the Moon Natural History Association, LandPaths, Sonoma Land Trust and other local groups. Sponsors include Green Valley Consulting Engineers; Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District; California State Parks Foundation; Montgomery Taylor, CPA; Mary’s Pizza Shack; Spaulding, McCullough and Tansil; Applied Building Science; and Moss Adams.

    For a complete Parks Celebration calendar, visit the activities page at sonomacountyparks.org. Events start this weekend (April 20-21) and continue through May 27. For more information, call Regional Parks at (707) 565-2041.

    April 16th, 2013 11:41 am

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