April 2023
It's wildflower season in Sonoma County, and we're in for a treat this year! While it's not technically a "superbloom," we can still expect an impressive and diverse display of native wildflowers. Due to extra rain this year, blooms are expected to start a little later and last longer, with greater overlap in species.

We'll be hosting guided wildflower walks on April 16 (9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and May 13 (9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.)

And don't forget to download the updated guide to Wildflowers of Sonoma County to spot some new additions this year!
Tree-mendous spring trails
As spring arrives, add some green to your routine or take a walk on the wildflower side.

Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 28) provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate growth, renewal, and sunshiny fresh air.

Whether you're a sapling or a seasoned trail explorer, these tree-mendous trails are sure to leaf you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated:

  • Get up close and personal with mighty native oak trees at parks like the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley, or Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Preserve
Celebrate a half-century of Spring Lake
What a difference a half-century makes! Development of the iconic Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa began 50 years ago (pictured above circa 1975). Since then, it has grown to be one of the most-loved parks in Sonoma County.

You're invited to help us mark this milestone: Join us on a series of outings this May to enjoy the park in all its Spring beauty, and see the improvements we're making to keep this parkland paradise aging gracefully. It's never too late to join the fun! The celebration continues throughout the year.
Support Spring Lake's next 50 years
A vital partnership in our celebration of Spring Lake is the nonprofit Sonoma County Parks Foundation, which is fundraising for a new floating dock with an accessible kayak launch, updates to the Environmental Discovery Center and programming support for summer camps, teen programs and other youth activities.

Learn more about how you can contribute to the Foundation's Spring Lake Challenge Grant and receive a special Spring Lake 50th bandana (pictured above) or pendant.
We're hiring lifeguards, park aides and more!
We're hiring lifeguards and supervising lifeguards for the summer season. Positions start at $19.52 an hour, and bilingual guards receive premium pay. You don't need to have certification to apply; we'll pay you to attend the two-week certification academy.

Supervising Lifeguard • extra help
Lifeguard • extra help

We're also hiring for a variety of positions in park operations, natural resources, maintenance and more! If you’ve ever wanted a job in parks – or know someone who does – it's the perfect time to apply:

Open until filled
Park Aide • extra help
Park Program Assistant • extra help

Apply by April 17

For more information/to apply, visit SoCoParks.Org/Jobs
Featured events
Volunteer for Earth Day

Join us to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and clean up a stretch of Sonoma Creek that runs through Larson Park. Keeping it clean protects the environment and makes for a better visitor experience in the park. Sign up.
Asanas Outside Yoga

Breathe in the fresh air as you move through meditation exercises (dhyana), breath work (pranayama) and posture sequences (asanas) during this outdoor yoga class series at Ragle Ranch Regional Park. Runs 9-10 a.m. Registration required: April 15; April 22; April 29.
Take a Walk in the Park

Enjoy a guided morning walk at Gualala Point Regional Park on Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-noon. Learn about various natural and cultural history topics while meandering along bluff trails and the beach. More info.
StoryWalk Celebration

Explore our latest StoryWalk (in partnership with Sonoma County Library) on Saturday, April 29, at Sonoma Valley Regional Park. Walk along the trail, read the children’s story – in English and Spanish – and enjoy an activity at the end of every page. Great for children 5 and younger! More info.
Summer camps filling fast
There's still room in our summer camps at Spring Lake Regional Park!
Naturaleza Cura
Deepen your connection to the natural world and Latinx culture. Kids ages 9-12 will enjoy hiking, exploring, kayaking in the lake and swimming in the lagoon. Register: June 19-23; July 24-28.
Junior Guard Camp
Spend the week with our open-water lifeguards. Activities for kids ages 10-14 include stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, time on the inflatable Water Park and a final competition to showcase learned skills. Register: July 10-14; July 31-Aug. 4.
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