Regional Parks E-News
Tolay Creek Ranch, above, is now part of Tolay Lake Regional Park  
Land Donation Doubles Size of Tolay Lake Park 
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!
Wander Among the Wildflowers
Mission bell wildflower
A mission bell (Fritillaria affinis)
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.
Whale Watching in the Parks
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.
Raptor Walks, Seaweed Tasting & More!
Beginner's bird walk led by a ranger
We have so many fun activities planned this month. Choose from seaweed tasting at Stillwater Cove, our new "Settle Down at Sundown" relaxation series, our new raptor-viewing hikes, a backpacking clinic, a vernal pool botany walk, a spring equinox celebration at Spring Lake, and much more. View our March calendar  or download the free activities guide
Spring Beauty: Helen Putnam Regional Park
Panorama Trail at Helen Putnam Regional Park
Looking for spring beauty that will take your breath away? Head to the rolling hills just west of Petaluma, where Helen Putnam Regional Park features 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.
Help Chart Future Land Preservation
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. 
Hike Hood Mountain's New Addition
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. 
Ride the Waves to Spring Break Fun
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.
Grocery Shopping for Parks: Start Making Your Lists
Whole Foods Markets on April 5 will donate 5 percent of all sales at its Sebastopol, Sonoma and Petaluma stores to the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. Shoppers can enter a drawing to win a parks membership and 50th anniversary t-shirt.
March Outings & Events
Settle Down at Sundown: March 9, March 16, March 23 & March 30 
Trails for Tots: March 10, March 17 & March 24
Walk on the Wild Side: March 11  
Bill & Dave Hike at Hood Mountain: March 11
Volunteer Orientation: March 11 
Seaweed & Sea Vegetables: March 11 
Family Hike: March 18
Community Garden Workday: March 18  
Raptors from Ridges: March 19 
Backpacking Clinic: March 21
Spring Equinox Celebration: March 22 
Russian River Confluence: March 24
Vernal Pool Botany: March 25 
StoryWalk: March 25
Winging it Wednesday: March 29