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Join the whimsy at the Healdsburg Water Carnival on July 15
Healdsburg Water Carnival: Floating Fun July 15th!
Imagine straddling a wine barrel floating in the Russian River while propelling yourself around a buoy with a paddle. It's not easy, but you'll have a blast trying when you visit the Healdsburg Water Carnival July 15 at Veterans Memorial Beach. You can also zoom down a giant slip-n-slide, race pedal boats, take guided kayak tours, ride the Sandy the Swan float and enjoy live music, local food, and children's games from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - all to support our river safety patrol. Admission is free. All-day activity wristbands are $10. 
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Making Memories with Trails Challenge Hikes
Tag your pics #SonomaCountyParks #TrailsChallenge
Thanks to everyone who's joining this summer's Sonoma County Trails Challenge. Just getting started? No worries. Download your free Trails Challenge guidebook, pick five parks to hike or ride by Sept. 30, turn in an online trails log, and get a free T-shirt while supplies last. Tag your photos with #SonomaCountyParks #TrailsChallenge to be eligible for monthly giveaways of parks memberships and trail gear donated by REI!

Tolay Lake Holds a History of Healing 
Photo: Christopher Coughlin/Bay Nature Magazine
Tolay Lake has great meaning for local Native Americans, and Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, beautifully details the land's history in the latest edition of Bay Nature magazine. His essay, "The Charms of Tolay Lake," describes the significance of the artifacts discovered there and offers  valuable perspective as we prepare to open Tolay Lake Regional Park later this year. 

Summer Road Tripping on the Sonoma Coast
A drive up Highway 1 is a classic Sonoma County summer experience, and Regional Parks has two inspiring destinations for day trips or camping. Here's an album of recent scenes from Stillwater Cove and Gualala Point, where deserted beaches, towering redwoods, and unique geology remind us of how special our North Coast is.  

Hitch a Ride for a Hood-Sugarloaf Thru-Hike
If you've wanted to make a one-way hike from Hood Mountain Regional Park to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or vice versa, the Sugar-Hood Shuttle runs this weekend, July 8-9, and Aug. 12-13 and can drop you at a trailhead opposite of your starting point. This is an excellent way to see Gunsight Rock without backtracking and to tackle one of the Trails Challenge's most memorable hikes

Get Your Activities Guide & Join Us Outdoors
Summer is made for exploring so be sure to download our free activities guide  and join us this month for outings like " Animal Signs & Homes," " Flutter-By-Butterfly," " A Walk Through the Redwood Forest," " Family Paddle," and " Senior Saunters." If you're looking for a regular summer workout, don't miss the free " Naturally Fit" class taught by YMCA instructors at Spring Lake each Friday.

Share Your Love of Doran Beach 
Are you a people person who loves Doran Regional Park? We're looking for volunteers to staff a temporary visitor center that will highlight the park and the coast. If you can donate a few hours a month, please join our 50th Anniversary  celebration by helping visitors connect with Doran Beach, Sonoma County's first regional park.  T o learn more, email Volunteer Coordinator John Ryan at john.ryan@sonoma-county.org.
Help Make a Trail at Taylor, Camp in the Park
Join parks staff, Volunteers for Outdoor California, and the Sonoma County Trails Council as we build some new trail in Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Preserve from July 21-23. Volunteer for one day or more (camp overnight!) and help us add to the hiking options in this gorgeous park. All tools, instruction, and food are provided, and no previous trail-making experience is necessary.

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