The public is invited to attend the “Valley of the Moon’s Hidden Gem” outing at the Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
Join Sonoma Ecology Center naturalists for a winter exploration through the Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve. The preserve is known for its stunning vistas, open meadows, waterfalls, redwoods, and oak woodlands, providing hikers with a multitude of microclimates as well as a place for a rigorous hike.
The Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve was protected by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District in October of 2004 for recreation and preservation of its natural resources, including the stretch of Calabazas Creek that cascades down the canyon. This property – one of the most exquisite natural sites in Sonoma Valley – is currently closed to the public except through guided outings and the District’s volunteer patrol program. The district is currently developing a management and trails plan with the goal of ensuring greater public access and a Bay Area Ridge Trail connection.
This is an intermediate to advanced level hike, and will take place rain or shine.
There is no charge for this outing, as it is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the district's work with a quarter cent sales tax.
Reservations are required online by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, by visiting <a href="http://sonomaecologycenter.org">sonomaecologycenter.org</a>. For more information or questions, contact Jessica Glatt at 996-0712, ext. 110 or<a href="email Jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org"> Jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org</a>.