iREAD Outside at 

Healsdburg Ridge Open Space

Friday, July 12th, 10am-1pm 


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LandPaths invites you to a FREE exciting, outdoor, literary adventure geared towards young children ages 0-6 and their families/caregivers. We will enjoy the beautiful trails of Healdsburg Ridge Open Space, take a short walk, play nature games, and engage in read alouds of well-known, nature-based books related to the land we are exploring. Healdsburg Ridge is 155 acres of oakwoodlands, wetlands, rocky serpentine chaparral, and open grasslands. These different plant communities support animals such as deer, jackrabbit, bob cats, and more than 40 species of birds! Through the different trails, visitors can experience different vista points with views of Fitch Mountain, the Russian River and the Mayacama Mountains.  Pre-registration is required. 


Experts agree that reading aloud to children is the single most important thing a parent can do to help a child enter kindergarten ready to succeed. An expanding body of scientific evidence also suggest that spending time outdoors contributes to the increase in short term memory, releases endorphins for happier children and adults, improves focus, boosts the imune system and so much more! All the iREAD Outside  sessions have a theme, such as planting seeds or healthy eating,  to help the children unite the material and make personal connections to the stories. According to the Department of Education, the more children read and are read to, the more success they will have in their academic trajectory. iREAD Outside story times offer an ongoing opportunity to model reading out loud to children, explore new places and foster a love of books and nature!


For other resources and articles on early childhood literacy, visit the following sites: 


Summer Reading Program through Sonoma County Library 

Reading Rockets-Tips for Parents of Preschoolers 

Colorín Colorado- A Bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners 

Top 10 Resources on Early Childhood Literacy Development (Reading Rockets)

Get Ready to Read  


Location: Healdsburg Ridge Open Space 

This beautiful preserve is located at the corner of 499 Arabian Way Healdsburg, CA. 

Please note that there is no designated parking structure for this preserve; street parking only. We will be meeting at the Fox Pond Trailhead, east end of Arabian Way, Healdsburg. 


What to bring:

  • Water bottle for the day

  • Comfortable shoes for walking

  • Sun gear and weather appropiate clothing

  • A lunch and snacks for the day 


Details and what to expect: 

  • You will be asked to sign a liablity waiver upon arrival

  • Please leave your pets at home.

  • This is a family-friendly event. Young children of all ages are encouraged to come and read outside!

  • These  outings are brought to you in partnership with Cradle to Career Sonoma County’s iREAD campaign, and with generous funding through the Sonoma County Community Foundation’s iREAD grants program and additional support from the Ag+Open Space.


What if its raining? We will continue in a light rain but will cancel in case of heavy rain. If in doubt, please call 707-544-7284 (then press 1) after 8am on the day of the outing. If there is no special message, the event is on! 

Contact: For more information or questions, please contact Guadalupe Casco, Bilingual Field Specialist, at 707-544-7284 ext. 111 or email at 


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