CAMPFIRE PROGRAM, MAY 27
Bodega Bay: The first interactive campfire gathering 7-8 p.m. Saturdays through Thanksgiving weekend at Doran Beach Regional Park, 201 Doran Beach Road. Learn about animals’ habits and habitats and the area’s cultural history. Parking $7. Information at 707-875-3540, parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov.
FLOATING PLAYGROUND, MAY 27
Santa Rosa: The Spring Lake swimming lagoon, that includes an inflatable playground and new boat rentals, returns Saturday. The lagoon includes areas for free swim and lap swim and there is no admission fee.
The floating playground is a network of slides, climbing walls, bridges, balance beams and trampolines. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Admission to the playground is $10 for adults. A $20 day pass includes an hour of boat rental, and a $60 season pass includes daily admission and an hour of boat rental daily. Rates for the expanded selection of rental boats start at $12 an hour. Enter at 393 Violetti Road. $7 parking, free to regional parks members. Visit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov
MEMORIAL DAY HIKE, MAY 29
Glen Ellen: Rusty Sims leads a free hike on some of the best trails at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Monday 10-a.m.-2 p.m. Meet in the ranch parking lot. 707-938-5216, jacklondonpark.com.
RIVER RACE REGISTRATION, JUNE 2
Guerneville: Register by noon June 2 for the Great Russian River Race on Saturday June 3. No same-day walk-ins allowed for this event. The 4-mile course begins at a private beach and the 8-mile course begins at Steelhead Beach. Both begin 11 a.m. and end at Johnson’s Beach. $50 per person excluding boat rental. Free post-race party with live music, food and beer 12-4 p.m. at Johnson’s Beach. The event benefits Russian Riverkeeper. Full details and registration at paddleguru.com/races/GreatRussianRiverRace2017.
COASTAL WILDFLOWERS, JUNE 3
Bodega Bay: Botanist and ecologist Peter Warner leads a 5-mile, moderately steep hike along well-worn dirt and gravel trails through coastal grassland, shrub land and small patches of forest. Meet at Shell Beach, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $16 for Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, $20 nonmembers. Register at www.stewardscr.org or call 707-869-9177.
HIKING & FITNESS, JUNE 3
Jack London State Historic Park presents a series of six classes and hikes for fitness on Saturdays this summer. Each class/hike costs $15, and a six-class/hike package is $75. Both include parking. Participants can choose a class/hike that meets their schedule or sign up for all six class/hikes.
Learn the basics of hiking from REI and take an easy guided hike on June 3.
Subsequent classes address using mindfulness, stretching and yoga to enhance an outdoor experience. The length and difficulty of each hike will increase each week until July 15 with a graduation hike to the summit at Jack London State Historic Park.
There is no class/hike July 1. The hikes begin at the ranch parking lot at the park at 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen.
The class and hike are 8:30a.m.-11 a.m. depending on the length of the hike.
Health benefits of hiking include weight control, increased bone density or a slower loss of density, better quality sleep and improved cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness.