The Sonoma County Trails Challenge is back! Get your free Trails Challenge guidebook and pick five or more parks to hike this summer. When you finish, you'll get a Trails Challenge T-shirt. Tag your photos #SonomaCountyParks #TrailsChallenge for a chance to have your hike featured and to win REI gear or parks memberships.
Explore Sonoma Mountain with Bill & Dave Hikes
Sonoma Valley hiking guides Bill and Dave are leading a June 15 hike at North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Preserve in partnership with the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Join them for this free hike to Jack London State Historic Park and back. You'll cover 9 miles total, climb 2,000 feet on the Ridge Trail, and enjoy views of Bennett and Sonoma valleys. And you'll be able to check a Trails Challenge hike off your list.
Fridays are funky at the Hood House
Start your summer weekends off right with Funky Fridays, the annual concert series at the historic Hood House. Catch a different band each Friday evening through August while enjoying local wines, beers and food. Bring your lawn chair and your best dance moves and help benefit Sonoma Valley park projects.
Borrow our life jackets, please!
Summer weather is here, so this is a friendly reminder that we have free loaner life jackets at Steelhead Beach, Forestville River Access and Sunset Beach. Borrow one for the day and just return it to the stand when you leave. We especially encourage you to fit your children with life jackets when you visit the Russian River.
Plan a lazy day on the river
We're on track to open the lifeguarded swimming area at Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg on June 29. Each summer, we install a seasonal dam below the beach to create one of the calmest, safest places to swim in the Russian River. We're also spiffing up the shore with tons (literally) of new sand to make for comfy, lazy days at the beach.
Give Dad a year of parks
Searching for a Father's Day present dad will really use? You can't go wrong with a year of his favorite parks. Pick up an annual parks membership for dad at REI, Oliver's Markets, Sonoma Outfitters, Copperfield's Petaluma and other participating stores, at our Santa Rosa office, and at Doran Beach or Spring Lake.