We are thrilled to announce the addition of the 1,665-acre
Tolay Creek Ranch to adjacent Tolay Lake Regional Park in southern Sonoma County. This major donation by the Sonoma Land Trust doubles the size of
Tolay Lake Park to 3,300 acres and makes it our largest park. The land features sweeping
views of San Pablo Bay and protects important habitat. We're hosting a May 6 hike on the property and planning future guided visits as we work toward getting the full park open later this year. Thank you, Sonoma Land Trust!
Spring flowers are beginning to bloom! Come along to see the colors and learn more about native plants on our weekly wildflower walks March 14 to April 15. We expect a vibrant display, thanks to winter rains, and in honor of our 50th anniversary, we'll try to identify 50 species on these outings.
Grab your binoculars and head to the Sonoma Coast for one of nature's remarkable shows. March and April are prime months for the annual northbound migration of Pacific gray whales. This blog article suggests parks and trails where you're most likely to glimpse mothers and calves making the journey.
Looking for spring beauty that will take your breath away? Head to the rolling hills just west of Petaluma, where Helen Putnam Regional Parkfeatures jaw-dropping views of bright green countryside and endless blue-and-white skies. Get inspired by this slideshow and learn more about the park and a suggested hike in this blog post.
Taylor Mountain Park & Preserve was protected by the Ag & Open Space District.
Our partners at the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District are asking for input on conservation priorities for the next decade. Several of our parks were acquired through the District's voter-approved funding, so this is an important topic for the parks community. Please consider attending one of the District's public meetings this month to share your thoughts about future priorities.
Join Bill and Dave Hikes this Saturday, March 11, for a preview of the Lawson addition to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Preserve. We're working on a master plan to open this backcountry parcel to the public in the near future. This hike is a great opportunity to learn about the property - transferred to us by the Open Space District - and its special features, like panoramic views, the watershed divide between San Francisco Bay and the Russian River, and a serpentine forest of Sargent cypress.
There are still a few spots available in the Spring Break Surf Camp at Doran Beach the week of March 20-23. We guarantee kids 9 and older will have a blast learning to surf with Regional Parks' lifeguards. Summer camp reservations are available now too.