Sunrise Hike at Deer Island

This 154 acre preserve is no longer a true island, though it was once part of the extensive wetlands in the Petaluma River Delta. In fact, there’s a lot of history within Deer Island. Remnants of this property’s dairy farming days are visible around the preserve, like weathered outbuildings that still stand near the entrance (though the small farmhouse will soon serve as the offices of the Parks & Open Space Environmental Education Program). But there is also evidence that this location was once the site of a settlement occupied, at least seasonally, by Miwok peoples.

The trails offer many places where you can enjoy a reflective moment and appreciate the birds, trees, flowers, and many different kinds of butterflies that thrive here. To experience this natural beauty firsthand, join ranger Mike Warner this weekend for a fun, family friendly morning hike. Wear comfortable athletic clothing, sturdy shoes, and don’t forget to bring binoculars if you have them. Water and healthy snacks will be provided, rain or heavy winds will cancel.

If You Go:

When: Sunday, December 27 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Where: Deer Island Lane off of Olive Ave Novato, CA

Cost: Free