How fast can a butterfly fly? How does such a small creature navigate vast distances? Why do its wings shimmer? In our latest blog post, nature writer Stephen Nett reveals fascinating facts about the butterflies dancing through the parks this spring.
Sonoma Valley hiking guides Bill and Dave are making a special trip west to lead a May 11 hikeat newly opened Tolay Lake Regional Park. Join them for a free, 9-mile hike to the park's ridges, ponds and Tolay Creek. This is a great opportunity to get the lay of the land at this 3,400-acre park, take in views of San Pablo Bay and beyond and enjoy the season's remaining wildflowers.
Get your head in the clouds and your hands in the sand at the annual Castles & Kites celebration May 18 at Doran Beach. Come out to Bodega Bay for a day of kite flying and sandcastle building. Launch your own kite or watch expert flyers. Design your own sand creation or admire the work of long-time sculptors. Either way, it's a day at the beach!
Remember how mom always encouraged you to go outside and play? Return the favor this Mother's Day by giving her a parks membership. You can pick up a membership in time for Mother's Day at REI, Oliver's Markets, Sebastopol Hardware, Copperfield's Petaluma, Garrett Ace Hardware or our other retail partners.