CELEBRATE PARKS, JULY 28
Santa Rosa: Celebrate parks and open spaces in Santa Rosa at the free Parks Make Life Better Bash, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Howarth Memorial Park, 630 Summerfield Road. Interactive kids’ activities, tour the baby animal barn, explore interactive displays and exhibits from the Sonoma County Traveling Fair. Visit the Santa Rosa Parks and Recreation website for information.
BUTTERFLY WALK, July 29
Windsor: Learn about and search for butterflies during a short walk and through bilingual songs, stories and crafts at Foothill Regional Park, 1350 Arata Lane, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Bring water and a snack. Parking $7. Call 707-565-7888 or visit parks.sonoma.ca.gov
FAMILY PADDLE, JULY 29
Santa Rosa: Learn basic paddling techniques in the calm water of Spring Lake Regional Park 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.Saturday. Enter the park at 393 Violetti Road. Bring your paddle vessel or rent a one- or two-person kayak at the park for $12. Reservations are $15, $7 parking for non-regional parks members. Visit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov for details.
PEACEFUL HIKE, AUG. 5
Sebastopol: Bird songs, aromatic plants and a warm breeze await participants of a peaceful nature hike designed for those who are blind or visually impaired 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ragle Ranch Regional Park, 500 Ragle Road. Parking $7. Call 707-565-7888 for information.
SUMMERTIME HIKE, AUG. 5
Glen Ellen: Join a moderately-paced 7.5-mile to Fern Lake just outside Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (time approximate). Bring water, a snack or lunch, poles, sunscreen and insect repellent. Meet in the ranch parking lot. $15 includes parking. Visit Jack London Park .com or email Deborah Large, firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS, AUG. 5
Bodega Bay: Sonoma County Regional Parks begins its interactive campfire discussion program on nature topics at the Doran Beach amphitheater, 201 Doran Beach Road on Saturdays 6 to 7 p.m. through Nov. 25. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring a snack and water. Call 707-875-3540 for information.