Regional Parks Newsletter
April 2019
Pacific Hound's Tongue
A Guide to Sonoma County's Wildflowers
Can you tell your hound's tongue from your baby blue eyes?  We have a new digital field guide to help identify some of Sonoma County's more common wildflowers. Entries are organized by color, and each links to iNaturalist for more details about local sightings and habitat. Download it to your phone and have it handy on all your spring walks!

Join Us for "Wildflower Wanderings" 
Wildflower walk at Sonoma Valley
April is all about wildflowers. In addition to our new field guide, we're offering our annual wildflower walks this month.  Join naturalist Shelly Spriggs for the "Wildflower Wanderings" series at Taylor Mountain, Tolay Lake, Crane Creek and other parks known for their spring blooms. 

Plan Now for Summer Fun
Lifeguard camp at Spring Lake
Made the kids' summer plans yet? Our lifeguard, surf, kayak, and environmental science camps offer fun, adventure, and skills-building at Doran Beach, Spring Lake and on the Russian River. Spots are filling fast, so sign up soon. Teens can apply for our Lifeguard in Training program. 

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Celebrating Tolay Lake Regional Park
Tolay dedication painting
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the dedication of Tolay Lake Regional Park on March 30. It was a day of hikes, picnics, and community connections under brilliant blue skies. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you enjoy your new park. 

Who Can Make the Most Nature Observations?
BioBlitz at Sonoma Valley
We're excited to be a host of the City Nature Challenge on April 28. At this BioBlitz, we invite you to nurture your inner scientist and work alongside local experts to document the flowers, insects, lichen and other organisms at Sonoma Valley Regional Park. All you need are your smartphone and your curiosity.

Soak Up the Season with a Parks Membership
Helen Putnam Regional Park in spring
We love our parks year-round, but there's no denying they are extra beautiful in spring. And the easiest way to take in the season is with a parks membership. Get your membership at Spring Lake, Doran Beach,, REI, Oliver's Markets or our other retail partners.

A Tolay History Hike to Support the Park  
Tolay Lake by Scott Hess
Our partners at the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation are offering a special opportunity to learn about and support Tolay Lake. Members of the Foundation and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, including American Indian studies professor Peter Nelson, will lead a May 5 cultural history hike followed by a catered lunch, with proceeds benefiting the park.

Outdoor Yoga and Hood Mountain Hikes
Yoga in the park
People's Yoga Pop-Ups Are Back
Tree pose in the parks? Makes perfect sense. Our outdoor yoga series returns for spring. All levels welcome. The next class is April 11 at Tolay Lake Regional Park.
Hood Mountain hiker at Gunsight Rock
Hood Mountain Hikes
A hike up Hood Mountain is always a good idea.Join Bill and Dave Hikes on April 13 for a guided trip or use the Sugar-Hood Shuttle on April 13-14 for your own trek.
April Activities
Join us on an outing. See our  events calendar  for the full lineup.