The successful summer interpretive program series came to an end at the recent Sonoma’s Tuesday Night Market in the Sonoma Plaza. The goal was to focus on education and experience at our local state parks, using a variety of techniques, exhibits and hands-on programs.
The exhibits and activities included a snake display where kids could create their own colorful snakes; a tule boat exhibit, which included an actual tule boat donated by a local Pomo band; the opportunity to build your own scale boat, complete with a portable lake (a tub) to see if it floats; exhibits, including “Bat Night,” “Birds and Build Your Own Bird Nest” and “Fire Ecology”; and information about wild animals with pelts, pictures and replica skulls on display—always popular with attendees. Our local mascot, Sonomie Bear, was regularly in attendance to greet visitors with a smile.
According to the farmer’s market event manager, the State Parks exhibits and activities are always a “big hit with the kids and adults, too!” We look forward to next year’s farmer’s market to keep furthering California State Parks’ mission.
Kathy Wolcott and Dave Duplantier with eager children at our activities table.