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2017 Van Hoosear Wildflower Walks
Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve
Sonoma, CA
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TO REGISTER: Please select the date of your choice from the drop-down menu below, under "Registration Options". To register for multiple walk dates, you must repeat the process for each date.

There will be six walks this spring, as well as two dates with opportunities to give back to the land with an optional volunteer shift* following the walk!

Sunday, April 2: 9:00am to 12:00pm (3 hour)

Saturday, April 8: 9:00am to 12:00pm (3 hour walk, *plus optional volunteer opportunity)

Wednesday, April 12: 9:00am to 11:00am (2 hour walk, *plus optional volunteer opportunity)

Saturday, April 22: Family Friendly Earth Day Walk 9:00am to 11:00am (2 hour)

Wednesday, April 26: 9:00am to 12:00pm (3 hour walk, *plus optional volunteer opportunity)

Sunday, April 30: 9:00am to 11:00am (2 hour)

Join Sonoma Ecology Center naturalists at Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve for one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in all of Sonoma County. Experience a pristine spring grassland with numerous species in full bloom.

The 162-acre property in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain is protected by a conservation easement made possible by your Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the California Wildlife Conservation Board. The property is managed under a partnership with the landowner and Sonoma Ecology Center, to protect the Preserves unique plants, thriving streams, and wildlife habitat.

This outing is a beginning-level walk over gently sloped land. Most of the walk is through grassland, generally not on trails, so the footing can be uneven. The walk crosses a few small creek channels, which sometimes have shallow water with stepping stones.  

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Sonoma Ag and Open Space District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax.

Please note that these popular walks fill to capacity on a first-come, first-served basis every year, so early registration is encouraged! Walks will go on in light rain, but heavy rains will cancel the walk.

REGISTER TODAY! Directions and day-of-contact information will be emailed upon registration. For additional information or questions about the outing, please contact Holland Gistelli at (707) 996-0712 ext. 108, or

*Details on Volunteer Stewardship Opportunity: Following the walks on April 8, 12, and 26, SEC Restoration staff will be leading volunteers in removing invasive weeds from select locations on the preserve, for about an hour. No experience necessary! Work gloves and guidance will be provided. Volunteers will be given time to break for lunch between the wildflower walk and the stewardship workso please bring your lunch on the walk. Interested in preserving the beauty of this place? RSVP to, or 707-996-0712 x114.
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Due to the popularity of the Van Hoosear Wildflower Walks, we have exceeded our maximum capacity for this outing. If you are interested in joining our wait list, please call 707-996-0712 x108 or email with the following information: 1. Your name 2. Your phone number 3. How many people in your group 4. Your email address If a space should become available, you will be contacted immediately. Thank you!



Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve (View)
1022 Grove Street (parking along street here)
Sonoma, CA 94576
United States

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Education > Tours
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Green
Other > Health & Wellness

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Sonoma Ecology Center
On BPT Since: Mar 25, 2012
Sonoma Ecology Center: Holland Gistelli
707-996-0712 x108

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