Canceled due to smoke and poor air quality

Help Out with Trail Access at Healdsburg Ridge Preserve
Friday, September 22nd, 2023
9am - 1pm 
(volunteers may leave earlier but must arrive on time)
Event led in English

Healdsburg Open Space Preserve is 150 acres of wetlands and oak woodlands, birds and other wild creatures, rocky serpentine chaparral, and open grasslands on easy-to-moderate hiking trails. It's owned by the City of Healdsburg. Enjoy beautiful views of Fitch Mountain, the Russian River, and the Mayacamas Mountains. Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve is located on the ancestral home of the Southern Pomo people and the Wappo people, past, present, and future. We recognize them as the first people and the first stewards of this land. We are on occupied territory and acknowledge the ongoing devastation of colonization.

Trails are crucial to safe access to nature, for both land and people. They also help reduce erosion and overuse of sensitive ecosystems. At LandPaths, our trails are people-powered, and we need your help maintaining them on these occasional stewardship days.  The more people that come out for this trail stewardship day, the more we can get done! Plus, tending the land with like-minded people is a guaranteed mood-booster!

Here’s a sampling of possible tasks that you will do to care for the land: 

  • Hiking moderate slopes 

  • Carrying tools to the trail site. Tools range in weight, from light to heavier

  • Removing poison oak and other vegetation with loppers. 

Directions: We will meet at Healdsburg Ridge Preserve Arabian Way trailhead. This preserve does not have a parking lot but there is street parking around the neighborhood. Get driving directions
What is LandPaths' Covid-19 volunteer workday policy? Please read the most recent version of LandPaths' Covid-19 policy before attending the workday.  
Does rain mean the workday is cancelled? The stewardship workday will move forward if there is a light drizzle, but a torrential rainstorm will cancel.  Please call 707-544-7284 (then press 1) after 7am the morning of the stewardship day if the weather feels questionable. If you don't hear a notice of cancellation on the outgoing voice message, the stewardship day is moving forward.   
What should you bring?  
  • Picnic lunch, snacks & plenty of water, backpack to hold your gear 
  • Sturdy boots or shoes that can get muddy 
  • Long pants recommended  
  • Your own workgloves   
  • Hat and sun screen  
  • Hand sanitizer 
What else do you need to know?  
  • A handwashing station will be available. 
  • No experience necessary! 
  • We'll provide the tools. 
  • Expect to do a 2-3 mile round trip hike up a steep but well-graded trail to the project site.  
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver. 
  • No restroom on-site 
  • No potable water available on the property. Make sure to fill up your water bottle ahead of time.  
  • No pets or smoking.