Regional Parks Newsletter
February 2019
Couple Finds Love Visiting Every Regional Park
Hudeman Slough
After a first date at Taylor Mountain Regional Park, Jessica and Aaron decided to see all of Sonoma County's 50-plus regional parks together. A year later, they checked the last park off their list. Now they're married. For Valentine's Day, here's their story.

Bill and Dave Hike Shiloh Ranch
Shiloh Ranch Regional Park
Sonoma Valley hiking guides Bill and Dave are making a special trip north to lead a Feb. 16 trek at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park in Windsor. Join them for a 6.5-mile loop through the canyons and across the ridges of this park in the Mayacamas foothills. You'll probably get plenty muddy, but you'll be rewarded with expansive vistas and an up-close look at the park's wildfire recovery.

Snow Days on Sonoma County Mountains
It doesn't snow here very often. So, like the rest of Sonoma County, we were delighted when the recent cold snap turned Taylor, North Sonoma and and Hood mountains into winter wonderlands. Check out these   images of the parks' snow days .  

Planning for New Trails on the North Coast
Stewarts Point Ranch
We're introducing two North Coast trail planning projects at a Feb. 23 community meeting. One trail is planned for the Kashia Coastal Reserve  next to Salt Point State Park, and the other will be nearby on Stewarts Point Ranch. The trails won't be long - 2 miles total - but they will lead to big views. 

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Watch For It! Time for Whale Viewing
Gualala Point Regional Park
Late winter and early spring are prime times to spot migrating whales. Join us for a whale watching hike Feb. 23 at Gualala Point Regional Park. Or read our whale watching guide for a list of other Sonoma Coast parks and trails with worthy vantage points.  

'Winging It' at Tolay Lake Regional Park
Tolay Lake golden eagle/Tom Reynolds
Birders won't want to miss our Feb. 27 Winging It Wednesday walk at Tolay Lake Regional Park. Tolay is one of our best bird watching parks and is especially known for raptors, like this golden eagle photographed by Winging it Wednesday volunteer Tom Reynolds. 

Build Your Family's Outdoors Skills
Boy roasting marshmallow
Learn Campfire Techniques
Bring the kids to our next Junior Ranger session and let them learn how to build a proper campfire. The reward? S'mores!
Family riding bikes
Learn Bike Safety on the Trail 
Come along on our family bike day on the Joe Rodota Trail in Sebastopol. Discover the trail and learn bike safety basics.

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