Since 1990, we’ve worked to increase appreciation and stewardship of Sonoma Valley’s natural heritage and create measurable benefits in areas of land, water, climate change and biodiversity. Supporting our work enables us to move us all towards a better future.

Who We Are

Sonoma Ecology Center works to address challenges related to water supply and quality, open space, rural character, biodiversity, energy, climate change, and a better quality of life for all residents.

Vision

We envision a future where people, land, water, and wildlife thrive.

Mission

Our mission is to work with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley.

How can people, land, water, and wildlife thrive in a fire-adapted landscape?

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Upcoming Events

Dec
8
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work. Work includes bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying and hiking. Bring gloves, hat, and water that you can carry hands-free (i.e. bring a backpack). Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Poison oak is present, so long sleeves are suggested. We have tools and trained crew leaders with tasks for all. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will provide tools, and if allowed, lunch.

If you are a current Sugarloaf volunteer,  log in to Better Impact to sign up. Otherwise, start here to become a volunteer.

Dec
10
Sat
Group Fitness Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Choose your own adventure! Part of our Hiking for Fitness program, these free, moderate-to-strenuous group hikes are geared to keep you motivated through the cold season. Parking fees apply. Hikes are (usually) every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

11/12 – route A: Vista Trail Loop (clockwise): ~4.1 mi, 600ft elevation, meets @ main lot
route B: Crazy 8 Waterfall Loop + Vista Trail circuit: 6.5mi, 1400ft elevation, meets @ main lot
11/26 – route A: Goodspeed to Nattkemper bench: 4.2 mi, 1060 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
route B: Goodspeed to Gunsight Rock: 6.5 mi, 2080 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
12/10 – route A: Vista Loop (CCW): 3.6 mi, 700 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
route B: Vista to Bald Mountain Loop: 6 mi, 1520 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
12/17 –  Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650-ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
Dec
11
Sun
Winter Wreaths and Nature Decor Workshop – Taller de coronas @ Sonoma Ecology Center
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Winter Wreaths and Nature Decor Workshop – Taller de coronas @ Sonoma Ecology Center | Sonoma | California | United States

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Using all local greenery and forest findings, you will learn and create winter decor using techniques for unique “partial wreaths” as well as the “bundle and loop” rings of glory. Join us to participate in the ancient tradition of wreath making and bring home the perfect winter welcome to use as a door or wall decoration. Whether yours is a traditional evergreen wreath or a new year vine “hoop of hope,” its intention will shine through. Julia Megna, owner of Florals and Nature Decor by Julia will also demonstrate how to make garlands, swags, centerpieces and tablescapes. Please bring hand clippers or scissors. Merriment and crafting fun will keep us warm, but please dress in layers and bring a mug for hot drinks. We will be outside at picnic tables or inside the straw bale barn.

We have two sessions, the first session is from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and the second session is from 12:30-2:30 pm. Both sessions will be bilingual English and Spanish.

This event is led by Julia Megna, Sonoma Ecology Center’s Education Project Manager and Alma Shaw, Senderos Coordinator for Team Sugarloaf and Sonoma Ecology Center.

Please register in advance here.


Taller de coronas
11 de diciembre del 2022
10:00 AM a 12:00 PM ó 12:30 a 2:30 PM

Utilizando verdor y materiales encontrados en bosques locales, aprenderá y creará decoraciones invernales utilizando técnicas para únicas “coronas parciales” al igual que “aros de gloria” hechos con manojos. Acompáñenos a participar en la antigua tradición de construir coronas y traer al hogar la perfecta bienvenida invernal para usar como decoración de puerta o pared. Ya sea una guirnalda tradicional de hoja perenne o un ‘aro de esperanza’ para el año nuevo, su intención brillará a través de ella. Julia Megna, dueña de Florals and Nature Decor por Julia también demostrará cómo hacer guirnaldas, piezas de centro de mesa, y ‘paisajes de mesa’.

Por favor trae tijeras de podar o regulares. La alegría estacional y las manualidades nos mantendrán cálidos pero por favor viste capas y trae una taza para bebidas calientes. Este taller se realizará al aire libre en mesas de picnic o dentro del granero. Tendremos dos talleres, el primer de 10:00 am-12:00 pm y el segundo de 12:30-2:30 pm. Ambas sesiones serán español-inglés bilingües.

Este evento es liderado por Julia Megna, gerente del proyecto de Educación de Sonoma Ecology Center y Alma Shaw, coordinadora del programa Senderos Naturales para Team Sugarloaf y Sonoma Ecology Center.
 
Por favor regístrese por adelantado aquí.

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Dec
15
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work. Work includes bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying and hiking. Bring gloves, hat, and water that you can carry hands-free (i.e. bring a backpack). Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Poison oak is present, so long sleeves are suggested. We have tools and trained crew leaders with tasks for all. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will provide tools, and if allowed, lunch.

If you are a current Sugarloaf volunteer,  log in to Better Impact to sign up. Otherwise, start here to become a volunteer.

Dec
16
Fri
Sonoma Garden Park Volunteer Workday @ Sonoma Garden Park
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sonoma Garden Park Volunteer Workday @ Sonoma Garden Park | Sonoma | California | United States

Every 3rd Friday of the month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm we welcome existing and new volunteers for a fun morning of work and community building at Sonoma Garden Park. Depending on the season activities include prepping fields, planting, harvesting, weeding, pruning trees and prepping produce for the seasonal Saturday Harvest market. 

Join us for a fun opportunity to enjoy the bounty of each season, and to share and learn from other gardeners. Existing and new volunteers are encouraged to attend—no experience is necessary! Please be sure to bring your gardening gloves, hat, SPF and water. At noon you enjoy a light garden fresh lunch at our shady picnic area provided by Sonoma Ecology Center as a thank you to our wonderful volunteers!

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