March 31, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve (meeting at intersection of Arnold Dr. and Grove St., Sonoma))
1022 Grove Street (parking along street here)
Holland Gistelli
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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.

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 (Ag + Open Space) 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 work of Ag +Open Space 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. A rain date has been set aside for Sunday, April 29 and will be held if a walk is rained out.

REGISTER TODAY! Registrations are required online at https://2018wildflowerwalks.brownpapertickets.com, no later than 5pm the day before the walk.

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.


*** This is a “Year of Sonoma Mountain” event ***

This year, select Sonoma Ecology Center events are being designated “Year of Sonoma Mountain” events. Held in conjunction with Sonoma Mountain Preservation, the “Year of Sonoma Mountain” is intended to raise awareness of the history and beauty of Sonoma Valley’s most important landmark.

Sonoma Mountain Preservation is a Glen Ellen-based conservation group currently celebrating its 25th year; for more visit http://sonomamountain.org. For more on the mountain’s history, be sure to see “Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain in Story and Image” by cultural ecologist and historian Arthur Dawson, due out this October.