The Sonoma County Library is now offering a limited number of parking passes that give library cardholders free access to Spring Lake, Doran Beach, Taylor Mountain, Ragle Ranch and the other 50-plus regional parks throughout the county.

The “Regional Parks Discovery Packs” are available at each library branch for check out, including a backpack filled with a parking pass good at all 56 regional parks, a parks map, trail itineraries, hiking tips, wildlife guides, and other information to help cardholders enjoy self-guided adventures in the parks.

The Discovery Pack program was developed in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks to promote community health and well-being by increasing opportunities for residents to visit and learn about their parks. Each pack is available for check out now at all 14 library branches for up to seven days and includes materials in English and Spanish.

The backpacks includes an “Adventure Book” for trail observations or nature journaling, the 2017 Trails Challenge Guidebook with hiking itineraries and hiking tips, and information about local wildlife and plants. These contents must be returned with the pack a week from check out. The packs also include a park map, a seasonal activity guide, a parks reading list and other materials that borrowers are welcome to keep.

To check out a Regional Parks Discovery Pack, visit your local library branch. Discovery Packs are available for up to 7-days.

Discovery Packs are non-requestable, instead each library branch will keep a manual wait list. The overdue fine for returning Discovery Packs late is $0.25 a day with a $10 max.

“Sonoma County Regional Parks and the Sonoma County Library are committed to providing innovative programs that promote community health and well-being,” said Community Engagement Manager Bethany Facendini. “Now more than ever after the recent wildfires, we are looking for ways to heal our community through experiences in nature. These Discovery Packs create an opportunity for more people to access our parks.”