Junior Rangers: I Spy Nature Signs

July 26, 2021 from 9:30 11:30 AM

Sonoma Valley Regional Park

13630 Highway 12

Glen Ellen, CA 95442
38.36425861, -122.5122456

Junior Rangers

Calling all nature-loving kids! Check out this interactive series where kids grow their outdoor skills and help steward the earth. Youth ages 7-13 will explore regional parks with a ranger and park staff. To earn their official SCRP Junior Ranger badge and certification, kids must complete the Junior Ranger Passport booklet, which consists of completing a skills-building course, natural exploration course and assisting park staff at one service day event. Booklets are available at programs.

Skills: DIY Fishing Skills
Friday, September 17 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Spring Lake Regional Park, Newanga entrance boat launch

Join a park ranger to learn how to make some simple fishing tools and review some fishing rules. Then we’ll discuss some of the fish that inhabit Spring Lake Regional Park. You’ll then head out to fishing access points to see if you can put your new-found knowledge to use with the help of the park ranger. Bring your own fishing pole if you have one. Otherwise poles will be provided. The cost is $10 per person in county, $12 out of county and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Stephen Peake at Stephen.Peake@sonoma-county.org.

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Service Project: Steelhead Gravel Hopper Painting
Saturday, September 25 • 10-11 a.m.
Steelhead Beach Regional Park

What is that giant concrete structure at Steelhead Beach? Find out what purpose the structure served, some history behind it and help restore and protect this historic site. Bring clothing that can get paint on them. Registration is required for this volunteer event. For more information, contact James Gergus at James.Gergus@sonoma-county.org.

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Service Project: Par Course Repair and Refresh
Saturday, October 2 • 10-11 a.m.
Ragle Ranch Regional Park

Everyone needs exercise to stay healthy and happy. The par course at Ragle Ranch is used frequently by the public and is exposed to weather all year long. Help the park ranger and park staff spruce up some par course exercise stations so they can be enjoyed for years to come. Please wear clothing that can get dirty or paint on them. Registration is required for this volunteer event. For more information, contact Darren Davis at Darren.Davis@sonoma-county.org

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Skills: Lost? How to Orient Using a Compass
Friday, October 15 • 5-6:30 p.m.
Crane Creek Regional Park

Join the park staff while you learn the basics of using a compass. Park rangers will explain “true north” and cardinal directions and what that means to you. Use your new skills and use a compass to find the lost treasure hidden at Crane Creek Regional Park. Registration is required for this free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Nathan Kemp at Nathan.Kemp@sonoma-county.org

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Nature Exploration: Predator by Day, Predator by Night
Sunday, October 24 • 6:30-8 p.m.
North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve

Let’s explore traits that allow animals to thrive whether diurnal, nocturnal or crepuscular. Join a park ranger and learn about traits that animals in Sonoma County have to help them survive during all hours of the day or night. The cost is $10 per person in county and $12 out of county and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Ilana Stoelting at Ilana.Stoelting@sonoma-county.org

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Service Project: Trail Cam Tips, Tricks & Testing 
Friday, November 5 • 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Shiloh Ranch Regional Park

The park ranger needs your help getting trail cameras ready for Regional Parks to use. Trail cameras are a vital tool that park rangers use to monitor wildlife and investigate suspicious behavior. Learn proper placement and testing. Each participant will help use natural elements to camouflage the trail cameras so they blend into the natural surroundings. Registration is required for this free event. For more information, contact Darren Davis at Darren.Davis@sonoma-county.org.

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Nature Exploration: How to Hike Like a Park Ranger
Sunday, November 12 • 4-5 p.m.
Foothill Regional Park

One of our favorite ways to explore the parks is hiking. Join a park ranger to learn about the basics you need to know before exploring the parks on foot. The group will then take a nice hike up an easy trail to get the blood pumping and explore one of the most popular trails at Foothill Regional Park. Bring your own snacks, water, sunscreen, weather-appropriate clothing and wear comfortable hiking footwear. The cost is $10 per person in county and $12 out of county and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Kep Eng at Kep.Eng@sonoma-county.org.

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Skills: Backcountry Cooking
Saturday, November 20 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Helen Putnam Regional Park

Are you tired of eating freeze-dried food out of a plastic bag when you’re backpacking or staying in the backcountry? Let the park ranger show you some tips for creating tasty food that will survive the hike and be easy to make. After learning some tricks, we’ll enjoy some treats. The cost is $10 per person in county and $12 out of county and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Michaela Greppi at Michaela.Greppi@sonoma-county.org

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Nature Exploration: Mud Flat Exploration
Saturday, December 4 • 3:30-5 p.m.
Westside Regional Park, Day Use Area

Bring your rain boots because this could get a little muddy! Join the park ranger and explore the tidal mud flats surrounding Westside Regional Park. The park ranger will discuss the ocean and the impact of the tides on specific creatures in the Bodega Bay Harbor. You may even be able to dig up some clams. Bring your sense of adventure and warm clothes that could get a little dirt on them. Some spare rain boots will be available if needed. The cost is $10 per person in county and $12 out of county and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Carson Hunter at Carson.Hunter@sonoma-county.org

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Service Project: Re-Chipping a Playground 
Saturday, December 11 • 11 a.m.– 12 p.m.
Maddux Ranch Regional Park

Part of a park ranger’s job is to keep everyone safe. Help the park ranger complete this mission by adding more protective wood chips to the children’s playground at Maddox Ranch Regional Park. After applying the protective chips, the playground will probably need to be tested! Registration is required for this free event. For more information, contact Darren Davis at Darren.Davis@sonoma-county.org

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Skills: Day in the Life of a Park Ranger
Saturday, December 18 • 1-2:30 p.m.
Riverfront Regional Park

Bring your questions about the job of a Sonoma County Regional park ranger. You’ll get hands on with the tools of the trade and hear some stories from the field from a seasoned park ranger. Learn the qualifications and skills needed to safely and effectively patrol the parks. Hop in and check out some of the patrol vehicles that park rangers use to get around. The cost is $10 per person in county and $12 out of county and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact James Gergus at James.Gergus@sonoma-county.org

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Junior Ranger Badging Ceremony
Sunday, December 19 • 2-3 p.m.
Ragle Ranch Regional Park

Congratulations on completing the requirements to become a badged Junior Ranger. Join our Park Ranger leadership for our Junior Ranger badging ceremony for those who have completed 1 Skill Building course, 1 Natural Exploration Course and 1 Service Project. Bring your completed Junior Ranger Passport Book to verify your class completions. After the ceremony participants can celebrate by playing on the playground, enjoying the view of the West County or both! We will meet near the Gazebo. For more information contact Darren Davis at Darren.Davis@sonoma-county.org.

Visit Sonoma Valley Regional Park

Sonoma Valley Regional Park wildflowers

Sonoma Valley Regional Park is in the center of the Sonoma Valley, next to the village of Glen Ellen.