Calendar

Mar
25
Sat
RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

-Solar Observing:  Time: 11AM – 3PM.  Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.  No Charge.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 26 @ 12:00 am

-Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

Mar
27
Mon
RFO: The Night Sky Classes @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The three seasonal series (six classes each) are designed for everyone from total beginners to experienced amateur observers. Whether you want to learn the constellations or have a telescope and want to expand your knowledge of viewing objects, these classes have something for you.
The focus is on learning the night sky in a “geographic” sense…locating yourself in our solar system, our Milky Way and our local galaxy cluster neighborhoods!
A few constellations are introduced in each class—their myths, history and interesting stars. We also cover deep sky objects such as the beautiful nebulae and clusters that never cease to awe and amaze.
After each class (sky conditions permitting), we go outside to locate the constellations just presented. We then move to the Observatory’s telescopes to view objects within the featured constellations, until or beyond 10:30 PM (11:30 PM daylight time).
Basic topics are repeated in each series so that concepts become familiar. Persons who take all three Night Sky series (18 classes in all) will learn the entire sky viewable from our northern latitude. (The winter sky is split between the Fall and Spring Series).
Fee:
Series: $75
Single Session: $23 (available after first class of each series)
Camping: Discounted rate of $25 when attending these classes
Prices include admission to the State Park at class time.

Apr
2
Sun
Creek Exploration Hike @ Trione-Annadel State Park
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist John Lynch to explore an active creek habitat! Study the creek, riparian habitats and spring wildflowers.  Wildlife and birds will be identified as they are sighted. The route includes approximately 450 feet of elevation gain over about 4 miles of varied trails. This hike begins and ends at Park trail Drive neighborhood parking. There are no restrooms. Dogs not allowed. You might get your feet wet!

Apr
8
Sat
Who’s Singing in the Forest, Canyon or Meadow? Hike @ Trione-Annadel State Park
Apr 8 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Spring is the best time to develop or improve birding skills and Trione-Annadel, with its varied habitats, is an ideal place for “birding.” Learning and practicing birding skills brings more awareness of everything in nature. Join Volunteer CA Naturalist Hike Leader Carolyn Greene to identify at least 10 common birds by sight and sound during this 3.5 mile round trip moderate hike. We’ll look for wildflowers and other wildlife. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, not required. Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, trekking poles and water. Location:  Cobblestone Trail Head, Channel Drive. No restrooms, dogs not allowed.

RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

-Solar Observing:  Time: 11AM – 3PM.  Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.  No Charge.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 9 @ 12:00 am

-Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

Apr
15
Sat
Trailwork day at Trione-Annadel State Park @ Trione-Annadel
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Non-profit Sonoma County Trails Council offers trail maintenance work days every month in Annadel State Park. Come out and get dirty, give some love to the trails, and learn new skills. The Trails Council supplies:  gloves, tools, projects, crew leaders and snacks.  To sign up, please visit:  www.sonomacountytrailscouncil.org.  RSVP required.  Heavy rain may cancel.
 

Apr
17
Mon
RFO: The Night Sky Classes @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The three seasonal series (six classes each) are designed for everyone from total beginners to experienced amateur observers. Whether you want to learn the constellations or have a telescope and want to expand your knowledge of viewing objects, these classes have something for you.
The focus is on learning the night sky in a “geographic” sense…locating yourself in our solar system, our Milky Way and our local galaxy cluster neighborhoods!
A few constellations are introduced in each class—their myths, history and interesting stars. We also cover deep sky objects such as the beautiful nebulae and clusters that never cease to awe and amaze.
After each class (sky conditions permitting), we go outside to locate the constellations just presented. We then move to the Observatory’s telescopes to view objects within the featured constellations, until or beyond 10:30 PM (11:30 PM daylight time).
Basic topics are repeated in each series so that concepts become familiar. Persons who take all three Night Sky series (18 classes in all) will learn the entire sky viewable from our northern latitude. (The winter sky is split between the Fall and Spring Series).
Fee:
Series: $75
Single Session: $23 (available after first class of each series)
Camping: Discounted rate of $25 when attending these classes
Prices include admission to the State Park at class time.

Apr
22
Sat
@ Trione-Annadel State Park
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day by giving back by picking up! Volunteer Hike Leader Chad Carlson leads you on a hike for a picnic lunch at Lake Ilsanjo. Along the way, pick up litter and share ways of reducing our everyday impact. Families are encouraged! The route will include about 500 feet elevation gain over 5 miles of varied trails. The group will stop for picnic lunch for about an hour. BRING YOUR LUNCH!  Meet at Richardson/Channel Drive parking lot for 9 AM departure. Day use fee is $7 payable at the STOP sign.  Restrooms and water in the parking lot only.