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.

Junior Rangers: The First Salmon Run 
Sunday, June 6 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Del Rio Woods 

Come hear the story about the first salmon run. We will use art and activities to learn the important lessons these stories can teach us about the salmon life cycle. Bring your creativity, keen senses and salmon-like determination. This counts as a natural exploration activity for the Junior Ranger badge. Registration is required for this free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Darren Davis by email at Darren.Davis@sonoma-county.org.

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Junior Rangers: Learn to Kayak on the Russian River
Thursday, June 10 • 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach
Join us for a kayak class geared toward beginners. You will be paddling the Russian River through flat water. Learn kayak paddling techniques, safety guidelines and how to “read the river.” You will also learn about some of the local wildlife native to the Russian River. Meet on the beach next to the water. This counts as a skills activity for the Junior Ranger badge. The cost is $15 per person and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Ryan Conradi by email at Ryan.Conradi@sonoma-county.org.

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Junior Rangers: Sonoma Creek Clean Up 
Thursday, June 17 • 3-4 p.m.
Maxwell Farms Regional Park

Come cool off your feet while being a steward of Sonoma Creek. Help park rangers protect vital habitat from human pollution and disruption by cleaning the waterway and clearing any unnatural obstructions. Meet in the parking lot near the park ranger patrol truck. This counts as a service project for the Junior Ranger badge. Registration is required for this free event. For more information, contact Stephen Peake by email at Stephen.Peake@sonoma-county.org.

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Junior Rangers: Build a Picnic Table 
Saturday, June 26 • 6-7 p.m.
West County Trail (Ross Station Road parking lot)

With the sun, rain and constant use, picnic tables and infrastructure in parks have a rough life. Help park staff build picnic tables for the visitors at the entry to the West County Trail to enjoy for years to come. All the necessary tools and materials will be provided. This counts as a service project for the Junior Ranger badge. Registration is required for this free event. For more information, contact Darren Davis by email at Darren.Davis@sonoma-county.org.

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Junior Rangers: Tweet, Tweet- Make Your Own Birdhouse
Wednesday, July 7 • 2-4 p.m.
Riverfront Regional Park

What makes a good bird habitat? How do birds make a house? How do you make a house for birds? Do they have a door? We will learn to use some basic tools to create a birdhouse and learn a few things about our feathered friend’s homes in the process. Meet in the Redwood Grove picnic area next to the restrooms. This counts as a skills activity for the Junior Ranger badge. The cost $15 per person and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Darren Davis by email at Darren.Davis@sonoma-county.org.

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Junior Rangers: Russian River Beach Cleanup
Monday, July 12 • 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Steelhead Beach Regional Park

No one likes drinking dirty water. No one likes garbage on the beach. Assist park rangers in keeping the beach of the Russian River clean so our water is clean and our oceans are cleaner. Meet near the boat launch gate at the vehicle turnaround. This counts as a service project for the Junior Ranger badge. Registration is required for this free event. For more information, contact Melanie Guitierrez by email at Melanie.Guitierrez@sonoma-county.org

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Junior Rangers: Seed to Snag - The Lifecycle of Trees 
Friday, July 16 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Riverfront Regional Park

Come discover the life cycle of trees. How do they start? How long do they live? How tall do they grow? Do they make a noise when they fall over and no one is around? We’ll discuss many of these questions and more as we take a walk and do some activities around the park. Meet at the park ranger patrol truck near the trail entrance. This counts as a natural exploration activity for the Junior Ranger badge. Registration is required for this free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Darren Davis by email at Darren.Davis@sonoma-county.org.

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Junior Rangers: I Spy Nature Signs 
Monday, July 26 • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Sonoma Valley Regional Park

We need help finding nature’s treasures! Can you find all the items on our nature scavenger hunt? We may not be able to see animals, but you can help us uncover clues that they are around. Use your observation skills and see what you can see! We will meet at the park ranger patrol truck in the parking lot. This counts as a natural exploration activity for the Junior Ranger badge. Registration is required for this free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Ilana Stoelting by email at Ilana.Stoelting@sonoma-county.org

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Junior Rangers: It’s Knot Time for This 
Wednesday, August 4 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Doran Regional Park (Jetty Day Use Area)

Time to learn to tie a few knots. After mastering these knots, learn how to use them in real world situations. From securing boats to climbing the tallest mountains, these common knots are effective and easy to learn. Bring your patience and we’ll supply the rope. Meet by the park ranger patrol truck in the jetty day use area. This counts as a skills activity for the Junior Ranger badge. Registration is required for this free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Nathan Kep by email at Nathan.Kep@sonoma-county.org.

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Junior Rangers: Painting Rehab Project 
Saturday, August 7 • 10-11 a.m.
Shiloh Ranch Regional Park

Help us take an old weathered storage container that’s been recycled and repurposed and make it look new again. We need your help prepping and painting our storage container so that it blends in to the surrounding fauna and makes the park lot look clean and safe for our park visitors. Bring your painting clothes and shoes. Meet by the park ranger patrol truck in the parking lot. This counts as a service project for the Junior Ranger badge. Registration is required for this free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Darren Davis by email at Darren.Davis@sonoma-county.org

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Junior Rangers: Introduction to Backpacking and Wilderness Safety 
Sunday, August 8 • 3-5 p.m.
Ragle Ranch Regional Park

Learn how to prepare for day trips or overnight adventures. Topics covered will be basic first aid, planning, preparation, gear, equipment and how to have fun while camping under the stars. Feel free to bring your own equipment, gear or fun ideas to the program. Meet at the Lyons Grove group area. This counts as a natural exploration activity for the Junior Ranger badge. Registration is required for this free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Ryan Conradi by email at Ryan.Conradi@sonoma-county.org.

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Junior Ranger Badging Ceremony
Saturday, August 28 • 6-7 p.m.
Taylor Mountain Regional Park (Petaluma Hill Road entrance)

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 one skill building course, one natural exploration course and one service project. Bring your completed junior ranger passport book to verify your class completions. After the ceremony, participants can celebrate by playing on the Red Tail Play Area, enjoying the view of Santa Rosa or both! We will meet near the Red Tail Play Area. Registration is required for this free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, contact Darren Davis by email at Darren.Davis@sonoma-county.org

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Sonoma Valley Regional Park wildflowers

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