Join us for a hands-on community trail work day at Galbreath Wildlands Preserve. Well-built trails protect habitat and species, and prevent erosion while keeping sedimentation from falling into waterways. Properly planned and maintained, trails can be interesting to hike, lead us to beautiful and inspiring spaces, and be sustainable year after year. You might come away with new ideas and skills for use on your property or another place. For Galbreath, this trail project day will help provide access for future guided outings so more people can learn from and experience our wonderful preserve. You get to experience the beauty of nature on the preserve while also contributing with volunteer service and practice trail maintenance skills.
Sarah and Ken Reid, active members of the Redwood Trails Alliance with many years of experience building and maintaining trails in a variety of ecosystems throughout Sonoma County
We will meet at 9:00 in front of the Yorkville Market (26701 Highway 128) which is closed at this time. There we will form carpools to drive up to the Preserve. We will need AWD or 4-wheel drive vehicles on the Preserve, so if you have one and are willing to drive, please let me know.
We will be hiking out to the work areas after carpooling from the Market. Some parts of the trail are uneven. Elevation gain is negligible, about 50 feet. Total mileage will be about one mile round trip. Plan to be on the preserve the entire time; leaving early is not available. There are no restrooms, so be prepared to use the facili-trees and leave no trace.
Following the trail work and lunch, there will be an optional hike back over the trail we will have worked on, up to a high meadow and down along an uneven rocky loop trail back to our cars. This hike will be 2.75 miles with an elevation gain of about 400 feet. Expect it to take about one and a half hours.
All staff are vaccinated. Do not attend if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you have any symptoms that may be indicative of COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated. You are highly encouraged to get vaccinate and properly wear a mask when indoors (e.g., while driving in carpools). We will spend all of our time outdoors where social distancing is possible. All SSU updated guidelines can be found here.
What to Bring
Please bring a suitable mask to wear while carpooling. Wear a hat, sturdy shoes for hiking, long pants, long sleeves and sun and insect protection; poison oak and ticks are present. Bring work gloves (gardening gloves are fine), water and lunch, which you can leave in the cars. We will provide the tools, but feel free to bring your own loppers, McLeod, shovel and spring rake if you would like. Prepare to get dirty and have some fun!
How to Sign Up
See registration link below. Each person should register separately. This event is free of charge.
About the Center
Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.