Events, Things To Do in Sonoma

8 Ways to Get Outdoors in Sonoma County This Week

Written by James Lanaras for the Press Democrat.

5K REGISTRATION, MARCH 26

Santa Rosa: Register by Saturday for the Spring Lake to Annadel State Park 5K, held 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2. The event is for families and moderate runners. Meet at the Spring Lake swimming lagoon. Registration is $40 by Saturday and $45 after. Proceeds benefit new trail construction at Taylor Mountain Regional Park. Details and registration at annadelhalf.com/annadel-5K.html.

EASTER HIKE, MARCH 27

Guerneville: Join guide Peter Warner for an Easter Sunday Wildflower Hike, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the plant and animal sanctuaries of Austin Creek State Recreation Area, 17000 Armstrong Woods Road. $10.

NATURE LECTURE, APRIL 1

Santa Rosa: Discover the synergy and historical importance of painting and drawing to observe and interpret Pepperwood Preserve’s majestic landscapes Friday, April 1, during a lecture by biology instructor Shawn Brumbaugh and artist and instructor Marsha Connell, both of SRJC. 6:30 p.m. open house and lecture at 7 p.m. at the Dwight Center for Conservation Science. $10 suggested donation, students free. Visit pepperwoodpreserve.org or call 591-8310 for information.

WILDFLOWER HIKE, APRIL 2

Glen Ellen: Hike among the Spring flowers along the East Slope Trail at Jack London State Historic Park. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2400 Ranch Road. Meet in the ranch parking lot. $10 fee and $10 parking. Information at 938-5216 and info@jacklondonpark.com SCIENCE SATURDAY, APRIL 2

Santa Rosa: Learn how climate change is affecting oak woodlands during Science Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Environmental Discovery Center, Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Road. Hands-on experiments start at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Free, $7 for parking. For information, call 565-2041.

NUESTROS PARQUES HIKE, APRIL 2

Rohnert Park: A bilingual naturalist leads a hike at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Crane Creek Regional Park, 5000 Pressley Road, followed by a pot luck in the park. Free. Parking $7. Call 565-2041 for information.

BACKPACKING INSTRUCTION, APRIL 5

Healdsburg: Learn the basics of backpacking and “leave no trace” camping during this clinic at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Riverfront Regional Park, 7821 Eastside Road. $10 clinic, $7 parking. Register with Sonoma County Regional Parks, parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov. Space is limited.

CHARITY 5K, APRIL 9

Santa Rosa: Join the Scope for Hope 5K/10K Fun Walk and Run on Saturday, April 9, to raise money for Sutter Health’s fund for colon cancer screening for the uninsured, 9:30 a.m., rain or shine at Juilliard Park on South A Street. Registration is $35, $20 for kids, free 5 and under. Same day registration is $40. Call 521-7785 for information.

Send outdoor event listings to gearhead@pressdemocrat.com at least two weeks in advance.

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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