April 2018
You'll want to know that...
April got off to a running start with the Annadel 5K, which raised funds for new trails on Taylor Mountain, and an exciting announcement from the producers of the BottleRock Music Festival. Read on for news of special hikes and an opportunity to help save lives this summer.
Music to our ears
The Parks Foundation is thrilled that Vintage Wine Estates has selected us as the 2018 charity partner for the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival at BR Cohn Winery. Produced by BottleRock Presents, the festival will provide much-needed funds to improve our parks, and we are grateful for this generous support.
Wildfire Recovery Hikes
How are the parks recovering from the Sonoma County wildfires? Join a Regional Parks naturalist on a Wildfire Ecology Hike at the most-affected parks. Observe the rebirth of native vegetation, learn about fire impacts on the larger landscape, and look for spring wildflowers, including special "fire follower" species. The Regional Parks Foundation Fire Recovery Fund is raising money for outings in fire-affected parks, restoration of fire-damaged habitats, and fire preparedness efforts.The hikes are free, but registration is requested.
April 28, 10AM-12PM
An easy to moderate-level 3-mile hike in Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen. This park burned extensively in the Nuns Fire of October 2017.
May 12, 10AM-12PM
A moderate-level 4-mile hike in Shiloh Ranch Regional Park southeast of Windsor. Shiloh Ranch burned extensively in the Tubbs Fire of October 2017.
May 19, 9AM-2PM
A strenuous 7-mile hike with significant elevation gain into the southern section of Hood Mountain Regional Park. This area of the park burned extensively in the Nuns Fire of October 2017 and has only recently reopened to the public.
News from the Russian River
In 2013, Sonoma County Regional Parks launched a targeted program to address the tragic drownings and near-drownings along the Russian River. After five seasons with increasing visibility in the community and growing support from donors like you, the Water Safety Patrol has proven to reduce the risk of deaths by drowning in the Russian River. 

Last summer, the Water Safety Patrol made 8 rescues and had nearly 18,000 safety contacts with the public, including over 6,000 in Spanish.

Our loaner lifejacket program provided over 3,000 free lifejackets to children and other vulnerable swimmers.
Thank you, donors!
Executive Director Melissa Kelley recently attended a grants award ceremony hosted by the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, longtime supporters of the Russian River Water Safety Patrol.

Thanks to generous donations by the Sisters and donors like you, we can purchase additional life vests to loan on the Russian River, saving lives this summer!

A special opportunity for Parks Foundation Supporters
We invite our supporters to join us for a special fundraiser hike at Tolay Lake Regional Park, located on the southern border of the county.

An easy 4.2 mile hike led by Ranger Brandon will take you through the highlights of our largest park, including:

  • Importance of the Tolay Lake watershed
  • Geographic highlights
  • History of the area and human cultural history
  • Local wildlife - especially the extraordinary raptors.

The hike begins at 9:00 am and includes a light lunch and wine tasting at Keller Estate Winery.

Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online.
Thank you for your support of Sonoma County Regional Parks!
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation is a 501 (c)3 non-profit, TAX ID #68-0421813
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