Upcoming Hikes with SMP

Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve – April 20th

Grandmother Redwood and Fern Lake – Our New Open Space, formerly SDC – May 11th

Spring Flowers at the Sonoma Mountain Vernal Pools – June 8th

Hikes opening for registration in the coming days

Vipers and Volcanoes: Student Projects at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve – May 12th

Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve Walk

Saturday, April 20, 2024
9 am to 12 pm
2303 Grove Street, Sonoma

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Description: Are you a wildflower enthusiast? The Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain can have one of the most glorious wildflower displays in Sonoma Valley, and it is only accessible via guided tour. We’ll have a leisurely 2-mile, 3-hour walk across gently sloped and uneven meadows filled with native plants bursting out in Spring finery.

Expert botanist Caitlin Cornwall (of Sonoma Ecology Center) and naturalist and birder Carolyn Greene will be with us to point out and describe local flora and birds. There are almost no trails. The grasses can be sopping wet, and there are a few small creeks gurgling through the meadow, some with rocks provided to assist in crossing.

Wear good walking shoes, boots or even rainboots, and be prepared for ticks (Light
colored pants that dry quickly, gaiters or tuck your pants into your socks). Walking sticks will help with the uneven ground. Bring your camera/phone in addition to water, layers, hat, sunscreen, binoculars and a snack. No dogs are allowed on the property.

We will meet at the green and white barn at 2303 Grove Street, west of Arnold Drive on the south side of the street at 9:00 am. There is plenty of parking and there are facilities in the pool house.

Maximum: 40 participants
No Dogs
Address: 2303 Grove Street, green and white barn
Heavy Rain Cancels
Can’t attend after all? Email sonomamountainpreserve@gmail.com


Grandmother Redwood and Fern Lake
Imaginal and Natural History of Our New Open Space (formerly SDC)

Saturday, May 11th, 2024
10 am to 1 pm

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Description: On this leisurely hike, we’ll experience the vitality and diversity of our newly preserved State lands. We’ll explore the Grandmother Redwood’s 2,000-year-old story, imagining how Grizzly Bears and loggers, ancient redwood forests and indigenous travelers wove into her life. At Fern Lake, we’ll look for wildflowers and share a bit about natural history and water.

Our special permission to carpool up to Fern Lake makes our 2.5-mile walk, which is fairly level with only 400 feet of elevation gain, accessible. These lands, formerly part of SDC, were recently transferred to State Parks after much lobbying by SMP and the community. The walk will be led by SMP Board members Meg Beeler and Nancy Kirwan and joined by Peter Ostroskie from State Parks.

Meet at 10 am at SDC on Sonoma Circle off Harney St., by the big brick building, to carpool. Suitable for accompanied children.

There are no “facilities.” Bring lunch, water, walking sticks, boots, and dress in layers.

No dogs, please.
Heavy rain cancels.
Maximum 25 hikers.


Spring Flowers at Sonoma Mountain Vernal Pools

Saturday, June 8th
10 am to 1 pm

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Visit the Unique Habitat of Vernal Pools!

June is the perfect time to visit the Sonoma Mountain Vernal Pools, as the aquatic bloom is at its height.

The Sonoma Land Trust (SLT) has recently acquired this unique 174-acre parcel of land, nestled northwest of the town of Glen Ellen. The acquisition is part of a collaborative effort to safeguard these rare Vernal Pools and to further the conservation of the Wildlife Corridor, which spans from Lake Barryessa, across Sonoma Mountain, and onto the Coast. The land is protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement held by Ag + Open Space.

As this property has only just transitioned from private ownership to protected ownership, you will have the unique opportunity to be among the first to explore this hidden gem. Besides the pools, we will traverse through mature Oak Woodlands, virgin grasslands, and a section of Yulupa Creek.

There are generally no trails, so make sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots and long pants, and bring a hat and water. The tour is expected to last around three hours. We will convene at 10 am at the southern parking lot at Glen Ellen Village, closest to SDC. SLT will provide a van that carries nine.

We will convene at 10 am at the southern parking lot at Jack London Village. SLT will provide a van that carries nine. Expect to Carpool or ride in the Van from the meeting location at 10 AM: Jack London Village southern parking lot near Passaggio Tasting Room, 14301 Arnold Drive, Jack London Village, CA 95442.

Start time: 10 AM
Length of hike: 2 miles
Length of time: 3 hours
Maximum participants: 25


Hikes opening soon

Vipers and Volcanoes: Student Projects at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Date TBD

Registration open soon.

Description: Guided tour to the highest point on the Osborn Preserve, with a focus on geology and California Red-Legged Frog student projects and results. We may have the opportunity to gather data for the Red-Legged Frog Habitat Restoration (Bullfrog Mitigation) Project.