60 Free or Inexpensive Springtime Events in Sonoma County Parks

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60 Free or Inexpensive Springtime Events in Sonoma County Parks

Wildflowers are blooming, temperatures are warming, and tree leaves are unfurling: in other words, it's spring. And in recognition of springtime, 'Parks Celebration 2013' is offering 60 free or low-cost adventures in Sonoma County's regional parks, state parks and public open spaces. The events run from the end of April through Memorial Day (May 27).

The Parks Celebration provides a great opportunity to explore the county's spring beauty and diverse landscapes. You'll be able to hike with a naturalist, study the stars, learn local history, take the kids to festivals, enroll in outdoor fitness classes (the 'Naturally Fit — Bikini Bootcamp' sounds like a good idea to me!). Or think about joining Regional Park rangers for wilderness training or beach walks, outdoor cooking lessons, bird walks and even a full-moon hike to the top of Taylor Mountain.

You can also join partner organizations for kayak races, picnics, concerts, gardening classes, stewardship projects and specialty hikes at protected properties that aren't yet open to the general public.

Most events are free, and a few have a nominal cost. Be prepared in regional parks to pay a parking fee of $7 (free for park members). 

This wonderful yearly celebration is organized by Regional Parks and the nonprofit Regional Parks Foundation, with events hosted by Regional Parks, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, Valley of the Moon Natural History Association, LandPaths, Sonoma Land Trust and other local groups. Sponsors include Green Valley Consulting Engineers; Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District; California State Parks Foundation; Montgomery Taylor, CPA; Mary's Pizza Shack; Spaulding, McCullough and Tansil; Applied Building Science; and Moss Adams.

To see the entire calendar and learn more details about each event, visit this page. If you have additional questions, call Regional Parks at 707-565-2041.

Becoming a parks member entitles you to one year of free parking at all regional parks; a free night of camping at any regional parks campground; discounts on programs, outings and merchandise; and other benefits. To learn about becoming a member, visit this page.

Suzie Rodriguez