November 2018 Outdoor Adventure Roundup
November in Sonoma County is a fabulous time to be outdoors, when the leaf-peeping is spectacular, the air is crisp and sharp, flocks of migrating birds travel across the sky, and harvest festivals abound.
Here are a few starting points for you to be dazzled by Sonoma County this month. But don’t be limited by this list—get out there and explore (and let us know what you discover)!
Nature Photography Workshop
Nov. 17 (Saturday)
If you’d like to learn how to create better and more expressive nature photos, join wildlife and travel photographer Brenda Tharp for this full-day Expressive Nature Photography Workshop. It opens with a presentation of concepts that include composing for maximum impact, creating visual depth, interpreting vs. recording a scene, and more. Next, participants carpool to one or two sites within the Laguna watershed to apply what they’ve learned. Maximum 15 participants, ages 17 and up, with working knowledge of photography basics and camera gear. Runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Cost: $125.
Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa
Join a Bill & Dave Hike at Trione-Annadel State Park
Nov. 17 (Saturday)
The Bill & Dave hikes have a devoted following among experienced hikers, and newcomers are always welcome. November’s 10-mile hike at Trione-Annadel State Park has a total elevation gain of 1300 feet and will last approximately five hours. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring lunch with plenty to drink (as well as appropriate clothing for the weather, rain or shine). Please consider carpooling and note that the parking fee is to be paid at the self-registration pipe by the stop sign. Meet in the main parking lot at the end of Channel Drive by 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. departure. For more info, call Bill at 707-833-6288, or Dave at 707-539-8847.
Trione-Annadel State Park, 6201 Channel Dr., Santa Rosa
Spend the Day with a New Family Tradition
Nov. 18 (Sunday)
Join with other families in the 5th annual Giving Thanks at the Gardens on the grounds of a 1915 working homestead. During a tour of the property, children will feed chickens and learn about farm animals. Later, parents will help their children plant a sedum (flowering plant) start in a ceramic cup to take home and nurture. A repast and libations will be shared by all. Photographs will be sent to each family later. This event—including tour, repast, libations, music and plants—is free (donations accepted), 2-4 p.m. Contact Diane Davis for more information: [email protected].
Artful Arrangements Homestead Tour, 205 Orchard Ln., Penngrove
Learn to Propagate and Care for Native Plants
Nov. 20 (Tuesday)
The California Native Plant Society’s Milo Baker Chapter is presenting a talk by horticulturist Walter Earle, who is nursery manager at the Laguna Foundation and owner of Mostly Natives Nursery. He’ll discuss propagating and caring for California Native Plants. Free. 7:30 p.m. For more info: [email protected].
Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa
Do the Turkey Trot
Nov. 22 (Thursday)
Bring the entire family to the annual Thanksgiving morning Healdsburg Turkey Trot—a 5K run/walk through Healdsburg’s charming downtown streets. First finishers get prizes, and there are also random prizes for imaginative costumes. The event benefits the Drew Esquivel Scholarship, supporting Healdsburg students who want to attend college. The race starts at 8 a.m. sharp. $35-$50/adults, $25-$40 kids 6-18, free for kids younger than 6.
Healdsburg Running Company, 333 Center St., Healdsburg