The is inviting residents to view the Montini Open Space Preserve in a different kind of light: that of the full moon.
Naturalists are on tap to lecture about the natural and cultural history of the preserve, during the evening stroll. The full moon is dubbed by the Ecology Center as a 'Strawberry Moon," a special name in North America for the June full moon since it corresponds with Strawberry season.
The hike meets June 2, from 6 - 9 p.m. Leave your hiking shoes on if you're more of a walker, the walk is suitable for intermediate to advanced hikers.
The Montini Open Space Preserve was protected by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District in December 2005 for recreation and preservation of its natural and rich historic significance having been a working ranch since the time of General Vallejo. The property, which encompasses 152 acres, is in and adjacent to the City of Sonoma. With oak woodland, large rock outcroppings and open grassland, the property offers beautiful views of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays.
The Ecology Center is quick to point out that the hike is subsidized by taxes: "There is no charge for the outing, as it is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District's work with a quarter cent sales tax," reads a release.