Foothill Regional Park in Windsor, California.

June 2019 Outdoor Events Roundup

Suzie Rodriguez
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Sonoma County’s sunny summer begins to shine this month – and, as always, June promises to be fun, exciting, and packed with outdoor activities each day.

Here are just a few ways to get maximum enjoyment this month in Sonoma County:

Meet Up with Other Nature Journalists

June 7 (Friday)

Path at Foothill Regional Park

Explore, carefully observe, and identify the artistically inspiring flora at Foothill Regional Park, and then deepen your connection to the beauty around you by writing and sketching it. Foothill has a wonderful oak woodland to explore. You’ll practice techniques for drawing curvaceous branches in perspective or work on recreating bark, lichen and moss textures. Bring  your own journal and pencils. Dress to possibly sit on the ground, or bring a camp chair. This event is free, but parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, visit this page or call Regional Parks at (707) 565-2041.

Foothill Regional Park, 1351 Arata Ln., Windsor, CA 95492

Get it On at a Funky Friday

Every Friday night in June (June 7, 14, 21, 28)

Dance to live music from wonderful bands at Funky Fridays, a popular outdoor concert series held at beautiful Hood Mountain Regional Park. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating, pack a picnic or visit the food trucks. Beer and wine are available for purchase (please don’t bring outside alcohol). Free parking. $10 entry/person (free for children 18 and under). Entry at 5:30 p.m.; music starts at 7 p.m. For more info and band names, visit this page.

Hood Mountain Regional Park (South Entrance), 1450 Pythian Rd., Santa Rosa 95409

Tour Bodega Marine Laboratory

Every Friday in June (June 7, 14, 21, 28)

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Take a free, docent-led tour of the Bodega Marine Laboratory to learn about the immense biodiversity of California’s northern coast. You’ll find numerous marine aquarium displays containing colorful fish, invertebrates, and other sea creatures. Among the highlights: a large aquarium kelp forest that’s home to residents of the local estuary. Friday tours are 2-4 p.m., reservations not required.

Bodega Marine Laboratory, 2099 Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay

Learn Bird Courtship & Breeding Strategies

June 16 (Sunday)

In June, when young birds in the wetlands of Laguna de Santa Rosa begin to fly or wade, enjoy a fun-filled driving/walking outing at beautiful and secluded Alpha Farm. Local expert Lisa Hug will lead this bird walk, looking for grebes, ducks, hawks, sparrows and other birds taking care of their offspring, who are just beginning to fly or wade. Since the male parent often takes on feeding and protective responsibilities for the youngsters, it’s a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet at the Laguna Environmental Center before carpooling to the field site. Cost: $55. Registration required. For more information, call Allison Titus at 707-527-9277 or email [email protected]

 

Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Celebrate Solstice with a Night Hike

June 21 (Friday)

On the year’s longest day, join a twilight walk at Crane Creek Regional Park to celebrate the first day of summer. You’ll experience the day slowly turning to night, hear the sounds of night creatures, and use all your senses to walk in the dark without a light. This event is free, but registration is required. Parking is $7 (free for Regional Parks members). For more information, contact Katja Svendsen [email protected] or (707) 539-2865.

 

Crane Creek Regional Park, 5000 Pressley Rd., Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Explore the Redwoods with the Family

June 22 (Saturday)

Image of two people walking in Armstrong Redwoods

Bring the kids to the free annual state park Family Day at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. You’ll find enjoyable nature activities and stations geared to all ages, docent-led hikes (every hour, beginning at 12:30 p.m.), a Junior Ranger program, wildlife viewing, live music, a marine van, and food & drinks. Parking is free in a designated area less than a mile from the park entrance (a shuttle can ferry you to the picnic area). Parking in the picnic area will also be available, but at the normal day-use fee of $8/vehicle. For more info, contact Kat Rawhouser at 707-869-9177 or [email protected]

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville, CA 95446

Wear Your Spurs at the Russian River Rodeo

June 22 & 23 (Saturday/Sunday)

Yippee Ki Yay, summer’s Russian River  Rodeo is back! Revel in the thrill of rodeo and related entertainment at this 53rd annual family-friendly event, endorsed by the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association. Along with fun opening ceremonies, expect barrel racing, roping, and many other events (including a Cowboy Breakfast and Sunday’s church in the bleachers). Events begin 1 p.m. Tickets: $30/family, $10/adult, $5/seniors and kids. More info: 707-865-9854 or russianriverrodeo.org.

Russian River Rodeo Grounds, Moscow Rd at Hwy 116, Duncan’s Mills, CA 95430

Wing It With Birds

July 26 (Wednesday)

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Listen for chirps, caws, hoots, and shrieks of summer’s resident birds at Sonoma Valley Regional Park,. This leisurely bird walk is aimed particularly at older adults 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. This event is free, but parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Megan Horeczko: [email protected] or 707-539-2865.

 

Sonoma Valley Regional Park, 13630 Highway 12, Glen Ellen, CA 9544