A scavenger hunt through nature!

Quests

Our free Homes and Habitats Quest at the Healdsburg Open Space Preserve gives you a chance to explore local nature in a whole new way.

You can print out a copy of the Quest here or find copies of the Homes and Habitats Quest in a box on the kiosk near the preserve entrance. 

Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve is free and open to the public from sunrise to 6pm.

What is a Quest? 

Think of a Quest as a scavenger hunt through nature. Don’t worry about getting lost. You’ll have lots of different clues—poetry, mind puzzles, and artwork created by local artists and youth—to guide you. And you’ll get a surprise at the end. But the real prize is the experience of slowing down and getting to know the ecological treasures in our natural backyard.

How many people can do a Quest? 

Quests are great solo, as a weekend adventure with friends and family, or as a school field trip. Even people who don’t like hiking will get inspired to hike those extra steps or up that last hill, transforming into enthusiastic explorers. 

This Quest will inspire you to:

  • Discover the magic of the Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve.
  • Explore the land and the history that has shaped it.
  • Measure the age of a Valley Oak tree.
  • Take the temperature of Fox Pond and discover the pond’s aquatic life.
  • Name the mountains that define the space.
  • Experience nature in a whole new way.

Other Local Quests:

  • Water Quest, Salmon Creek School in Occidental
  • Redwood Discovery Quest, Muir Woods in Mill Valley
  • Redwood Quest, Armstrong Woods in Guerneville

Quest participant

" My favorite part was figuring out the clues! "

Stories + News

Stories from the Field

The view from Riddell Preserve during the Walbridge Fire. A tree in shadows sits close to camera and the dawn sunrise shines pink and purple with hills in the distance.

Fire, Grief, and Recovery at Riddell

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As the Walbridge fire bore down on Riddell, LandPaths’ 400-acre preserve west of Healdsburg, firefighters carefully swept the deck of the dry leaf litter around Steve’s cabin. The simple …

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Our Response to Covid-19/ Nuestra Respuesta a Covid-19

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[En español abajo] As Sonoma County (and much of California) grapples with the onset of wildfire season during the pandemic, our hearts go out to you. We hope that …

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The Power of LandPaths’ Community Gardens in Pandemic Times

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When LandPaths broke ground at Bayer Farm in 2007 and kids from the neighborhood began planting seeds on a neglected plot of land in Roseland, we knew …

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