February 2019 Outdoor Events Roundup

February 2019 Outdoor Events Roundup

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February 2019 Outdoor Events Roundup

Even in February there's still plenty of outdoor adventure to be had in Sonoma County. Most days you can enjoy the same activities you'd undertake in warmer months (although wearing more layers, and sometimes a rain jacket). In any month, even in the middle of winter, nature in this part of the world rewards exploration—and our mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, and the long coastline are beautiful and welcoming. Here are just a few exciting outdoor happenings coming your way in February 2019: 

Get Out and About in Sonoma County Regional Parks 

Through February

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More than 60 beautiful Sonoma County Regional Parks are open every day, ready and waiting for you to come hiking, biking, horseback riding, walking on the beach, fishing in a lake, packing a picnic, bird watching, and all kinds of other things. In addition, a diversity of planned outdoor events (most of them free) are scheduled for February in regional parks.

Get Down with Snails, Slugs & Salamanders

February 2 (Saturday)

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, Guerneville, Sonoma County, California

Find out everything you've wanted to know about the reclusive moisture lovers of Sonoma County's Douglas Fir-Redwood Forest ecosystems. In this half-day seminar—held at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and taught by Brian Lavin, a researcher in Sonoma State University's Department of Biology—you'll learn the various herpetological species that can be found here, what their life cycles are like, and more. Meet at Armstrong Redwoods Volunteer Center at Armstrong Redwoods State National Park (the registration fee covers park entry).  9 a.m.-Noon. Contact [email protected] or 707-869-9177 x. 1 for more information.

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville, CA

Safely View the Sun at Robert Ferguson Observatory

February 2 (Saturday)

Robert Ferguson Observatory, Kenwood, California

Get the month off to a sunny start with a solar-viewing excursion at Robert Ferguson Observatory, the largest observatory in the western U.S. that's dedicated to public viewing and education. Located within Sonoma Valley's Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, the observatory will open to the public that day from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., so you can safely view the earth's closest star. The event is free; parking is $8.

Robert Ferguson Observatory, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood, CA

Join a Senior Saunter at Riverfront Regional Park

February 5 (Tuesday)

Riverfront Regional Park, Healdsburg, California

Have fun on a leisurely walk with friendly, older adults at Healdsburg's Riverfront Regional Park. Beautifully situated along the Russian River, the park features a redwood grove and two lakes for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. On the gentle 2-mile stroll here, you'll explore plant and animal life and swap stories. All abilities are welcome. Bring a potluck item to share after the walk. 10 a.m.-noon. The event is free; parking is $7, or free for Regional Parks members. More info: contact Shelly Spriggs by email ([email protected] or (707) 539-2865).

Riverfront Regional Park, 7821 Eastside Rd., Healdsburg, CA.

Get Fishy at the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival

February 9 (Saturday)

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Enjoy great family fun at the 11th annual Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival, which celebrates the annual migration of the Steelhead Trout. On the agenda: fishing for trout for kids (ages 5-15 only), food trucks, wine and beer, silent auction, live music, archery, fish hatchery tours, and wildlife/conservation exhibits. Free entry. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. To learn more, email [email protected].

Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma, 3288 Skaggs Springs Rd., Geyserville, 707-431-4533, lakesonoma.org

Learn about Bird Behavior at Sears Point

February 10 (Sunday)

Sonoma Land Trust, Santa Rosa, California

Join raptor expert, Larry Broderick, to learn about the dynamics of bird behavior at the tidal marsh of Sears Point, located on San Pablo Bay. Walking is mostly on level ground with good trails. This event is sponsored by Sonoma Land Trust. Two time slots: 9-11 a.m. or 12-2 p.m. Event is free, but registration is required. For more information, email [email protected] or phone 707-526-6930 x. 110.

The parking area is on Reclamation Road just south of the Hwy 37/Lakeville Hwy intersection.

Rumble in the Jungle at Safari West

February 16 or 17 (Saturday and Sunday)

Safari West Wildlife Preserve, Santa Rosa, California

No better time than right around Valentine's Day for the 18th annual 'Wild Jungle Love Amour Party & 'Sex' Tours' at Safari West Wildlife Preserve. Start off with oysters and other elements of a decadent meal at the Preserve's Savannah Café, and then grab your partner for a titillating discussion about animal courtship—followed by an adults-only open-air vehicle tour to learn about the romantic lives of giraffes, wildebeests, zebras and other exotic animals. $165/person. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days. For more information: 707-566-3667.

Safari West Wildlife Preserve, 3115 Porter Creek Rd., Santa Rosa; 707-566-3667; safariwest.com

Learn Trail Running at Foothill Regional Park

February 23 (Saturday)

Foothill Regional Park, Windsor, California

If you've been curious about trail running, here's the perfect opportunity to learn all about it. It's open to all abilities, even absolute beginners. The morning begins with stretches and a warmup lap, followed by a 2-3.5-mile run on mostly level terrain. You'll learn about pacing and get safety tips—all in a beautiful wilderness setting—211-acre Foothill Regional Park. 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, contact [email protected] or call 707-565-3080. The event is free; parking is $7, or free for Regional Parks members.

Foothill Regional Park, 1351 Arata Ln., Windsor, CA

Take Yourselves on a Whale Watching Adventure

February 23 (Saturday)

Gualala Point Regional Park, Gualala, California

Grab binoculars, dress in layers, and head to Gualala Point Regional Park for a guided  hike to observe the annual whale migration passing just off the Sonoma Coast. The 2-mile round trip hike begins at the visitor's center and continues towards the bluffs, where participants will try to spot spouts, tails, and breaching whales. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. More info: email [email protected] or phone 707-539-2865.

Gualala Point Regional Park, 42401 Coast Highway 1, Gualala

Wing Away with the Birds

February 27 (Wednesday)

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Listen for chirps and calls of wintertime birds at Tolay Lake Regional Park. This leisurely bird walk is open to all levels of birding experience, from absolute novice to enthusiastic expert. It's geared to older adults and their friends to enjoy nature and each other's company. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, call (707) 565-2041.

Tolay Lake Regional Park, 2869 Cannon Ln., Petaluma 94954; 707-539-8092

Suzie Rodriguez
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