With its beautiful regional and California state parks, Sonoma County makes it easy to “get green” by simply getting out into nature on a walk or hike. In the spring, the parks burst with colorful wildflowers.

The Sonoma County Regional Parks offers guided waterflower walks in March and April. The hikes are free, but require a nominal parking fee of $7 (or free with a Regional Parks membership).

All the following parks have hiking trails, so feel free to enjoy the wildflowers on your own. Specific dates and times for hikes are available on the Sonoma County Regional Parks calendar.

Crane Creek Regional Park, Rohnert Park: With its broad grassy meadows and bubbling seasonal creek, the 128-acre park is a great place to enjoy spring wildflowers; it’s particularly known for its brilliant display of California poppies. You’ll find picnic tables throughout the park. The parks department provides an online pdf map of Crane Creek Regional Park (5000 Pressley Road, Rohnert Park, 707-565-2041).