Calendar

Apr
29
Sat
Planet Walk Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please join us for a guided hike along the Planet Walk with RFO docents. Along the way they will speak about each planet in our solar system, with chances to view local wildflowers along the way. This hike come with “passports” booklets for all participants, where you will receive a stamp for each planet you reach. There will be two different options for this hike: 1, travel along Meadow trail to Brushy Peaks until you reach Uranus, then head back on Hillside trail. This is a 2 mile loop with 250 ft elevation gain. Then option 2, Do the full Planet Walk Loop to Pluto of 6.3 miles with a 1100 ft elevation gain traveling along Brushy Peaks to Grey Pine and back through Meadow. Cost is $10 per person parking fees still apply. Please bring a lunch and water.

Purchase tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2912100

Day of the Child / Día del Niño @ Maxwell Farms Regional Park
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

(Para Español: http://sonomacountyee.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2017-Sonoma-County-Day-of-the-Child.pdf.)

Celebrate the children in your life during Day of the Child / Día del Niño, an annual family event offering fun-filled, bilingual nature activities for all ages! Join the Sonoma Ecology Center along with La Luz, Boys and Girls Club and Sonoma Land Trust staff at Maxwell Family Farms for a day of hikes, special exhibits, rock climbing, music and other activities that will connect you to each other and to the nature in your neighborhoods.

This is part of a larger event organized by the Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative and held at 12 locations throughout Sonoma County. For digital map of local events, click here.

This event is free. Parking is $7 at Maxwell, free for Regional Parks members. For more information, please call 707-996-0712, ext. 124.

RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Apr 29 @ 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 29 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 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/.RFO in the daytime

May
20
Sat
Trailwork day at Trione-Annadel State Park @ Trione-Annadel
May 20 @ 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.orgRSVP required.  Heavy rain may cancel.

 

RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
May 20 @ 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
May 20 @ 8:00 pm – May 21 @ 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/.RFO in the daytime

May
22
Mon
RFO: The Night Sky Classes @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
May 22 @ 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.

Jun
17
Sat
RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Jun 17 @ 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
Jun 17 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 18 @ 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/.RFO in the daytime