SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — Discover the amazing bounty offered by the land and sea as Sonoma County celebrates Earth Day with events, festivals, volunteer opportunities, or by simply getting outdoors and breathing fresh air.
There’s so much to do and see here that Earth Day — Monday, April 22 — is more like Earth Month. Start a week early with a events at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Windsor Earth Day and Wellness Festival, or a tour at Safari West. Near the actual day, it may be fitting to volunteer for a beach cleanup, take in an art exhibit that showcases climate change, or celebrate sustainable farming with Medlock Ames Winery. Celebrate the weekend after and experience Earth Day on stage, an annual family friendly festival in Santa Rosa. Details on these events are below.
Earth Day is a time to connect with the land and with each other in Sonoma County’s great outdoors – all 1,576 square miles of it. More than 60 regional and state parks make Sonoma County one of California’s most diverse natural destinations. Hike among towering redwoods; watch for whales, otters, or sea lions along rugged Pacific coastline; paddle through the inviting cool waters of one of three rivers, and get to know inviting small towns.
Find more outdoor activities at www.sonomacounty.com/outdoor-activities. Or, just sit back and take it all in. Because here, you’re free to go your own way.
Earth Day events:
Quarryhill Earth Day Celebration
The peacefulness of the Quarryhill Botanical Garden that stretches over 25 acres — home to more than 25,000 rare and endangered plants — provides the ideal setting for celebrating the many ways we can conserve and protect our planet.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen
Earth Day Tour at Alexander Valley Vineyards
Celebrate Earth Month at Alexander Valley Vineyards with a special tour hosted by owner Harry Wetzel, IV, focusing on the decades of sustainability at AVV. The 1.5-hour tour will look at the environmental, economic, and social elements of sustainability that have been implemented since 1962 at Alexander Valley Vineyards.
Alexander Valley Vineyards, Healdsburg
Windsor Earth Day and Wellness Festival
This earth-friendly and health-friendly event on Windsor Town Green features entertainment for all. Pick up spring produce and food at the Windsor Farmers Market. There will be children's games, activities, and crafts, health and wellness booths, and more!
Windsor Town Green, Windsor
Earth Day at Safari West
Have an Earth Day adventure at Safari West! Once a year, the whole world comes together to celebrate the wildlife and wild places that make the planet wonderful. This Earth Day, Safari West is inviting a bunch of friends to help make the Sonoma Serengeti that much more special. Discover amazing organizations fighting to conserve species the world over! And of course, enjoy a safari adventure all your own.
Safari West Wildlife Preserve, Santa Rosa
Earth Day Beach Clean Up
Join Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and Partners for their annual Earth Day Clean Up of North Jenner Beach and the Lower Russian River in Jenner, which is part of Sonoma Coast State Park. Come join the Steward Ship, partners and communities to clean up the river and beach, by sand and kayak. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Jenner Visitors Center, Jenner
Reflectivity - Artists on Climate Change + Four Elements Festival
Healdsburg Center for the Arts presents the exhibit Reflectivity - Artists on Climate Change, April 20 - June 2. In addition to the opening reception on April 20, Reflectivity will feature the Four Elements Festival, a one day street festival and celebration of Earth Day. The Four Elements Festival will be on Plaza Street from 1-5 p.m. with art activities for kids, Sonoma State's Center for Environmental Inquiry, Symmetry Arts tree stilt walkers, guest speakers, and live music.
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg
Medlock Ames celebrates Earth Day at Bell Mountain Ranch
Join Medlock Ames on Sunday, April 21 and celebrate Mother Earth at their organically-farmed Bell Mountain Ranch! Enjoy a tasting of Bell Mountain Estate and Small Lot Collection wines, along with local fare featuring vegetables from their gardens, available for purchase from Houtskool Dumplings.
Bring the family and get a behind-the-scenes look at the farm in action. Choose from several activities including a hike up to the rarely seen Orchards, a vineyard tour and discussion with Vineyard Manager, Agustin Santiago, wander through the Market Garden or take part in various lawn games. Bring your fishing poles to try your luck catching Bass and Bluegill in the ponds while enjoying live music!
Being kind to the planet is at the heart of Medlock Ames, and this is their annual time to share their love for their special spot in the world with everyone. Don’t miss out on this special day.
Earth Day on Stage
Santa Rosa’s 10th Annual Earth Day Festival is a free, family-friendly festival that brings the community together through fun activities, live performing arts, and inspiring exhibits that raise environmental awareness. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the Earth with great people, local food, beer and wine.
Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa
# # #
Just as wine “opens up” when it’s allowed to breathe, Sonoma County inspires visitors to open up to new experiences. Just 50 kilometers north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is one of California’s top food and wine destinations, home to more than 425 wineries that range from rustic to regal. Roads are lined with organic and sustainable vineyards – some certified biodynamic.
For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit www.sonomacounty.com or call 707-522-5800.
Director of Global Media Relations
Sonoma County Tourism
400 Aviation Blvd., Suite 500
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Editors: To request high-resolution photos to go with your Sonoma County article, please fill out the request form, www.sonomacounty.com/media/media-photo-request.