Field Trips

Field Trips

Listing of Madrone field trips in Sonoma County and the North Bay, plus other upcoming events.

General Information for All Events

The field trips are free, open to the public and suitable for all levels of interest. No sign-up is required. Bring your binoculars, field guide, liquids, plus lunch for full-day trips; wear layered clothing, hats, and sun protection. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots recommended. Heavy rain cancels the walks unless otherwise indicated. Prior notification of attendance is not required. Participants of all experience levels are welcome and may join or leave the group at any time during the day.

April 2024 Outings

Bring binoculars and wear outdoor clothing suitable for early morning weather. Our outings are free for members and the public. (We may have binoculars to loan for your outing.)

Please note:  Thursday outings begin 8:30 AM. Saturday outings begin 8:00 AM.

Saturday, April 6, Ellis Creek Ponds, Petaluma, 8:00-10:00 AM
3890 Cypress Drive, Petaluma
Leader: Linda Fraley
Take Highway 101 to Petaluma.  Go East on 116 (Lakeville Highway). Turn right (south) on S. McDowell Blvd. Turn right on Cypress Drive. Go to the end of the road and through gates. Meet near the restrooms. Info: (559) 779-5211.

Thursday, April 11, 8:30-10:30 AM
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Santa Rosa
Leader: Janet Bosshard
Meet on the corner of Franklin Ave. and Terrace Way, the original cemetery entrance.  Park along the street, near the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Pacific and McDonald Avenues. We will stroll through the site, looking and listening for Spring bird activity. Info: (707) 526-5883

Thursday, April 25 , 8:30-10:30 AM
Cloverdale River Park Trail

31820 McCray Road, Cloverdale                                                                              
Leader: Janet Bosshard
From Santa Rosa, take Hwy #101 to exit #522 just north of Cloverdale. Turn right on Redwood Hwy, then first right on McCray Road. Follow it to the end. Parking lot is on your left. Parking pass required.  It is a flat, 1.1 mile asphalt path. Info: (707) 526-5883.

Saturday, April 27, 8:00-10:00 AM
Santa Rosa Creek Trail
(at Willowside Road) West of Willowside Road, Santa Rosa
Leader:  Linda Fraley
Park carefully along the roadside and meet at the trail entrance to walk west towards Delta Pond.  We will look for Summer warblers, Orioles and Grosbeaks. Info: (559) 779-5211.

Out & About

Become an Osborn Naturalist, Fall 2023 program
Fairfield-Osborn Preserve, Sonoma State Univ. Center for Environmental Inquiry

Community members, college students, teachers, school administrators are encouraged to participate.  Learn to share secrets of nature, along with others, and explore ecosystems of Sonoma Mountain.  Deadline to apply to the current program was Aug. 26th; but, please reach out if you have interest for a possible late inclusion.  To learn more, visit this link:

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Sonoma Co. Regional Parks "Winging it Wednesdays"
Winging it Wednesdays

Redwood Region Ornithological Society (RROS)
RROS calendar

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