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Redwood experience at Jack London State Historic Park

Guided hike to the 2,000-year-old grandmother tree June 11

“ There is a redwood tree waiting to meet you,” says California naturalist Laura Wagner, who will lead the popular Redwood Experience at Jack London State Historic Park on June 11.

Participants in this mix of hiking, scientific learning, sensory activities, and mindful meditation will discover the fortifying energy of the forest as they travel to the park’s only ancient redwood, the 2,000-yearold giant of Sonoma Mountain affectionately known as “the Grandmother Tree.”

The group will take a moderately paced four-mile hike, gaining 620 feet in elevation, stopping occasionally for experiences using touch, scent, sound, and sight to connect with the environment and encounter the forest in a new way. The event will conclude with a guided redwood meditation session, ending at about noon.

Wagner, who has been a volunteer at the park since 2017, advises participants to bring water, a bandana or eye mask (to be used during one of the activities), and layered clothing. The hike takes place on uneven, rocky terrain so sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended.

The Redwood Experience is limited to 12 people maximum. Participants will meet at 9:25 a.m. in the Ranch parking lot, to the right of the park’s entrance kiosk. Tickets are $10 per person, in addition to the $10 per car entry fee. Reservations are required and can be made at events/the-redwood-experiencejune- 2022/.