Venturing Out: Great ways to get outdoors in Sonoma County this week
ECO-ACCESS HIKE, FEB. 3
Cloverdale: Learn about the different habitats in Cloverdale River Park, 31820 McCray Road, during an accessible hike for all ages and abilities 2-4 p.m. Bring a dish for a potluck style lunch. Parking $7, free for Regional Parks members. Shelly.Spriggs@sonoma-county.org, 707-565-1246.
SENIOR SAUNTER, FEB. 5
Healdsburg: Explore plant and animal life during a leisurely 2-mile stroll with older adults 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Riverfront Regional Park, 7821 Eastside Road. All abilities welcome. Bring a dish for a potluck lunch. Shelly.Spriggs@sonoma-county.org. 707-539-2865.
LANDSCAPING SEMINAR, FEB.6
Santa Rosa: The Russian River Watershed’s free seminar on restoring, replanting and regrowing watershed landscapes after the October 2017 fires, 7 a.m.-noon at the City of Santa Rosa’s Utilities Field Operations, 35 Stony Point Road. The event includes a panel discussion on free, easy-to-permit landscape design for the fire rebuild. More information at rrwatershed.org/project/rrflg, 707-543-8506.
NATURE AND BOOKS, FEB. 9
Cloverdale: Kids ages 3-5 sing nature-themed songs, read a nature-themed story and make crafts, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd. firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-565-7888.
FIRE ECOLOGY, FEB. 9
Jenner: Learn how Smoky Bear’s fire suppression message resulted in a buildup of fuels and how to sustainably harvest firewood during a hike, 2-4 p.m. at Stillwater Cove Regional Park, 22451 Highway 1. Bring a bag to gather some of your own firewood. Meet at Camp Host campsite #18. 707-847-3245.
PUBLIC HIKE, FEB. 9
Santa Rosa: Take a moderate to strenuous 3-4-mile hike, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepper Preserve Road. Bring a bag lunch. For ages 10 and up. Register at pepperwoodpreserve.org.
STEELHEAD FESTIVAL, FEB. 9
Lake Sonoma: The 11th annual free educational Steelhead Festival also includes food trucks, live music, beer, wine and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma, 3288 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville. Contact email@example.com or call 707-431-4533.