BIRDS AND BOTANY, APRIL 7
Healdsburg: Combine bird-watching and botany observation and discussion on a guided hike with resource ecologist David Self in steep wild country at Modini Mayacamas Preserves, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Bring binoculars, lunch and water. Meet at Pine Flat Road near 4020 Red Winery Road. $20 non-preserve members. Limit of 15 participants. Register at egret.org. or call 707-431-8184 ext 503.
FAMILY FUN DAY, APRIL 8
Glen Ellen: Learn how we can help nature keep the environment healthy during a 45-minute nature walk at 10 a.m. from the Beauty Ranch at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road. Then use recycled materials to play games and make crafts geared toward kids K-2nd grade until 12:30 p.m. $10 for vehicle. Call 707-938-5216 or visit jacklondonpark.com for information.
GEOLOGY HIKE, APRIL 9
Healdsburg: Join retired geologist Iain Jamieson on a geology hike with stops to discuss rock formations and geological history at Modini Mayacamas Preserves, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Bring lunch and water. Meet at 4020 Pine Flat Road near Red Winery Road. Register at egret.org or call 707-431-8184 ext. 503.
WILDFLOWER WALKs, APRIL 9 and 15
Glen Ellen: Take an easy 1.2-mile. Slow-paced Walk into Spring wildflower walk on the Wolf House trail at Jack London State Historic park, 2400 London Ranch Road, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. Meet at the House of Happy Walls Museum. An intermediate, slow-paced 8-mile Hike into Spring on backcountry trails at Jack London State Historic Park is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 15. Meet in the ranch parking lot. General admission for both events is $15. Each event has a 15-person limit. Visit jacklondonpark.com for information.
OUTDOOR SONOMA COUNTY HAPPENINGS:
Sonoma County: ParkRx program boosts healthy lifestyles
Sonoma County health care providers literally will soon be prescribing “a walk in the park” as part of a national ParkRx prescription program to promote their patients’ healthier lifestyles and engagement with nature.
The ParkRx for Health prescription program begins April 23. Jack London State Historic Park, Sugarloaf Ridge, Armstrong Woods, Austin Creek, Sonoma Coast, Trione-Annadel state parks and the Sonoma Overlook Trail are among the parks participating in the program.
Health care providers include Kaiser Permanente, St. Joseph Health, Sonoma Valley Hospital and Sutter Health. Patients are encouraged to ask their doctor for a prescription of safe, healthy low-impact walking and other outdoor physical activity in nature.
Patients will receive a paper prescription for ParkRx monthly activities at participating state and regional parks or trails. A complete list of participating parks and trails is available at parkrx-sonomacounty.org.
Jack London State Historic Park is offering an easy one- to two- hour Wolf House walk that includes pre- and post-walk blood pressure checks by Sonoma Valley Hospital staff and a Family Hike on April 23. Registration and parking fees will be waived.
Information about the national ParkRx initiative is available at parkrx.org.
State Parks: New reservation system coming Aug. 1
California State Parks said it will begin a new, faster, easier and comprehensive system to make parks and tour reservations this summer.
Starting Aug. 1, the new reservation system ReserveCalifornia will provide additional self-service options, list campsites available for online reservation and include interactive and detailed maps and views of campsites, State Parks Deputy Director of Public Affairs Gloria Sandoval said.