April 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve
1022 Grove St.
Sonoma (meeting Place)
Holland Gistelli
707-996-0712 x108

Van Hoosear Preserve

Join Sonoma Ecology Center naturalists at Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve for one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in all of Sonoma County. Experience a pristine spring grassland with numerous species in full bloom. *This April 12 date also includes an opportunity to give back to the land with an optional volunteer shift following the walk! Please see details below.

The 162-acre property in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain is protected by a conservation easement made possible by your Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the California Wildlife Conservation Board. The property is managed under a partnership with the landowner and Sonoma Ecology Center, to protect the Preserves unique plants, thriving streams, and wildlife habitat.

This outing is a beginning-level walk over gently sloped land. Most of the walk is through grassland, generally not on trails, so the footing can be uneven. The walk crosses a few small creek channels, which sometimes have shallow water with stepping stones.

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Sonoma Ag and Open Space District’s work with a quarter-cent sales tax.

Please note that these popular walks fill to capacity on a first-come, first-served basis every year, so early registration is encouraged! Walks will go on in light rain, but heavy rains will cancel the walk.

REGISTER TODAY! Visit Brown Paper Tickets: http://vhwildflowerwalks2017.brownpapertickets.com/

Directions and day-of-contact information will be emailed upon registration. For additional information or questions about the outing, please contact Holland Gistelli at (707) 996-0712 ext. 108, or holland@sonomaecologycenter.org.

*Details on Volunteer Stewardship Opportunity: Following the walks on April 8 and April 12, SEC Restoration staff will be leading volunteers in removing invasive weeds from select locations on the preserve, for about an hour. No experience necessary! Work gloves and guidance will be provided. Volunteers will be given time to break for lunch between the wildflower walk and the stewardship work—so please bring your lunch on the walk. Interested in preserving the beauty of this place? RSVP to cody@sonomaecologycenter.org, or 707-996-0712 x114.