Glen Ellen: Want to spend some quality time with your pup at the parks? Help your dog learn to walk with good trail behavior with a certified dog trainer on a 1-2.5 mile hike. Bring your own water and snacks. Dress in layers and bring a hat and sunscreen. No registration required. Free, plus parking: $7 or free with a Sonoma County Regional Parks Membership. For more information, email Alexis Puerto-Holmes at [email protected] 5-7 p.m. Sonoma Valley Regional Park, 13630 Sonoma Highway. Meet at the Highway 12 parking lot. Find more information on bit.ly/38XNyyl.
Sainte-Rose: Combine your love for the outdoors and your fitness on a Spanish-friendly 4-mile intermediate hike. Bring your own water and snacks. Dress in layers and bring a hat and sunscreen. Heavy rain, smoke or extreme temperatures will cancel this event. Accommodations are available for participants with disabilities upon prior request. Free, plus parking for $7 or free with a Sonoma County Regional Parks Membership. No registration required. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, email Zaira Sierra [email protected] Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Preserve. Meet at the Kawana Terrace entrance, 2080 Kawana Terrace. Find more information about bit.ly/3NHwv2g.
Sainte-Rose: LGBTQ+ people are invited to come together, build relationships, and explore the natural world at a free wellness-focused event. This exploration of the landscape will allow for moments of reflection and connection to the land, to self and to others as a community. Registration required. Free event. Parking is $7 or free with a Sonoma County Regional Parks membership. For more information, email Mich Swannucci at [email protected] From noon to 2 p.m. Spring Lake Regional Park. 393 Violetti Road. Meet at the entrance to Violetti – Shady Oaks Picnic Area. Find more information at bit.ly/3M6cHnQ
Kenwood: Bring a flashlight and a sense of wonder as you explore Sugarloaf Ridge State Park with an after-dark hike. The hike begins at White Barn and heads to the viewpoint on Vista Trail or Bald Mountain, where you will see the moon rise over the Mayacamas and the sun set over the Sonoma Valley. The Bald Mountain route is a strenuous 6.5 mile route with some steep sections. The hike leaves the White Barn parking lot at 6:15 PM (not recommended for children under 12). The Vista Trail route is a moderate to strenuous 4 mile hike with 700 feet of elevation gain and starts at 7:30 PM (not recommended for children under 8). Tickets: $10 or $5 for students and youth ages 12 to 17, Sugar Loaf members and volunteers. Parking fees apply. 6:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Route Bald Mountain) and 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (Route Vista Trail). Bring water, snacks and extra layers of clothing for the evening. Be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start of the hike. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2604 Adobe Canyon Road. Meet at White Barn. Get tickets at the bit.ly/3a85oim.
Until September 5
Sainte-Rose: The Spring Lake Lagoon Floating Water Park has reopened and will remain open through Labor Day. The inflatable floating playground includes slides, climbing walls, bridges, balance beams, jumps, water sports court and other fun activities. The water park is intended for children 6 years and older who are at least 42 inches tall and can swim. Parents will be required to sign waivers for children 14 and under. Teens 15 and older can sign their own waivers. Tickets: $10 per session (use of a life jacket included). Two daily sessions are offered: from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Road. Get tickets at bit.ly/3O3G6Rl.
Sainte-Rose: Want to explore Spring Lake by water? Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent for $12 per hour daily between 10:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Parents will be required to sign waivers for children 14 and under. Teens 15 and older can sign their own waivers. The beach is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with lifeguards on duty. Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Road. Rent a kayak or paddle board at bit.ly/3O3GQG7.
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