Sonoma County voters on Nov. 6 will be asked to create a dedicated source of funding for their regional and city parks. If approved by two-thirds of voters, Measure M's 1/8-cent sales tax will help repair parks, reduce wildfire risks, protect waterways and wildlife, open public lands, extend trails, and improve access to parks. Learn more about park needs countywide and the citizen oversight for Measure M by reading the expenditure plan and fact sheet.
Tolay Lake Regional Park is now open daily, with nearly 12 miles of trails to discover. This blog post explores the hiking and riding options, including an extension of the West Ridge Trail. The new route leads to unforgettable views in a portion of the park that's been largely inaccessible until now. Whatever path you choose, you'll be rewarded with big sky and wonderful wildlife watching.
We strive to make Sonoma County's parks accessible and welcoming. One of the ways we do that is through our community engagement programs like "Nuestros Parques" and "Bajo Las Estrellas." This video shows why we love hosting these hikes, camping trips, and other outings.
In honor of Veterans Day, Sonoma County is offering active duty military, veterans, and their families free parking at Spring Lake, Doran Beach, Stillwater Cove and all the Regional Parks for the holiday weekend, November 9-12.
Parents, do you have a kid who's a raptor enthusiast? Join our "Raptor Madness" nature walk November 10 at Tolay Lake Regional Park and learn why eagles, hawks and owls are rampant here. What do they eat? How do they hunt? Young scientists and their families will find out. They'll even get to dissect pellets coughed up by local raptor species!
Looking for ways to keep the kids busy for part of the Thanksgiving break? Have them join our naturalists for a new day campNov. 19 & 20 at Spring Lake Regional Park. We'll hike, make crafts, and celebrate fall. Children 6 to 11 are welcome for one or both days.
REI's #OptOutside movement began as an alternative to Black Friday shopping and has evolved as an everyday philosophy, one we wholeheartedly support. We hope you'll hit the trails Thanksgiving weekend ... and whenever else you can. Here are
three itineraries for opting outside and taking in winter's approach.
Don't forget, it's easy to give the parks-lover on your holiday list a Regional Parks gift membership. Holiday-themed memberships will be available at sonomacountyparks.org and at REI, Oliver's Markets, Sebastopol Hardware, and our other retail partners from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year's.