Regional Parks Newsletter
Shiloh Ranch Regional Park
Why Time in Nature is Good for Us, Especially Now
Nature can be formidable and challenging, as last fall's wildfires reminded us. But is nature also a resource for health and healing? Intuitively, most of us know it is. Our latest blog post explores the science that shows why time outdoors is good for us, especially when recovering from trauma. And if you'd like to deepen your connection to nature, check out our new  Nature Heals series of yoga, poetry, art, and mindfulness activities in the parks.

Track Changing Landscapes on Fire Hikes
Oak leaves sprout from a burn area at Hood Mountain
How are the parks recovering from the wildfires? Come along on our wildfire ecology hikes to see how Sonoma Valley, Shiloh Ranch, and Hood Mountain are faring. We'll interpret burn scars, observe the rebirth of native vegetation, look for wildflowers, and share recovery stories beginning  Saturday, March 10, at Sonoma Valley Regional Park

Where to Watch Whales on the Sonoma Coast
Gualala Point Regional Park
March and April are prime months for the northbound migration of gray whales, so grab your binoculars, pack a picnic, and head to the Sonoma Coast. Here's a list of parks, trails and other options for catching the show ... or at least enjoying the day trying. 

Sign Up for the Best Summer Ever 
Give your kids a summer to remember by enrolling them in our lifeguard, surf, kayak, or environmental science camps at Spring Lake, Doran Beach and on the Russian River. New this year are a "Sea Squirts" camp for younger kids and before- and after-care options.

March is Springing with Activities ... Join Us!
Running for Trails at Taylor
We'll be rooting for all the runners in next month's Annadel 5k because organizers are graciously donating registration fees to our trail building campaign at Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Preserve. The run kicks off right after the Annadel Half Marathon and follows an easier route from Spring Lake into Annadel and back. Are you up for a friendly footrace?