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Upcoming Events

We offer hikes, workshops and more all around Sonoma Valley.

Trail Crew: Sonoma County Trails Council @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sonoma County Trails Council volunteer trail work day at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. From 9am to about 1pm. We will provide parking passes, tools and Clif bars with beverages and snacks afterwards.

Bring gloves, a hat and water that you can take with you (hands free!) while working, and wear long pants, boots or hiking shoes and sunscreen. No experience necessary – we have tools and trained crew leaders with tasks for all strengths and sizes of volunteers.

In order to make sure we have enough tools and after-work beverages reply to if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hiking for Fitness “Maintenance” hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am
Join our Hiking for Fitness “graduates” on this free, Intermediate Fitness Hike.
For a complete schedule– including routes, mileage and elevation gain–visit: [click on the “Maintenance Hikes – 2020” tab].
May and June hikes meet at 8AM instead of 9AM.
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 13 @ 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. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will provide tools, food and beverages. If you are a current State Parks volunteer, signup in vicnet. If you are an SEC volunteer, sign up here:

Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 all-day
¡Hongos! @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Sábado 15 de febrero, 9-11AM ó 1-3PM
No es una planta, no es un animal … ¡es un hongo! Venga a descubrir el extraño y maravilloso mundo de los hongos en Sugarloaf. Esta es una caminata ligera y charla acerca de la versatilidad de este reino, incluyendo su ciclo de vida, ecología, y usos. La ruta final será determinada ese día basado en el clima.
Nos reuniremos detrás del centro de visitantes diez minutos antes de las 9AM o la 1PM. El costo del evento es $5 por adulto y requiere registración ( El estacionamiento $10 por vehículo. Por favor vista calzado adecuado y capas. También le invitamos traer una taza para que sus pequeños disfruten de chocolate caliente después de la caminata. Si tiene alguna pregunta contacte a Lluvias fuertes cancelan el evento.
Este evento es parcialmente patrocinado por California State Parks Foundation a travéz de una beca para aumentar el acceso juvenil a los parques. 

English: Mushrooms! (en español)
Saturday 1/15, 9-11 AM or 1-3PM
It’s not a plant, it’s not an animal… it’s a mushroom! Come discover the weird and wonderful world of fungi at Sugarloaf. This is a leisurely walk and talk about the versatility of this kingdom, including life cycle, ecology, and uses. The final route will be determined the day of based on the weather.
We will meet behind the Visitor Center ten minutes prior to the event start time. The event is $5 for adults and requires registration (; parking is $10. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring a reusable container so your little ones can enjoy hot cocoa after the walk. Email with your questions. Heavy rains cancel.
This event is partly sponsored by California State Parks Foundation’s Youth Access Grant.


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Volunteering in the New Year

Volunteering in the New Year

As 2020 begins, we invite you to look to the wonderful community around you for ways to connect and give back. Sonoma Ecology Center does meaningful work throughout Sonoma Valley, providing volunteer opportunities galore. Come join us for any of the following and reap...

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Ode to a Sugarloaf Oak

Ode to a Sugarloaf Oak

Some trees are so mighty and long-lived they almost seem immortal. But even they eventually meet their end. So it was with the Grandmother Oak of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Located within the McCormick Addition, this gigantic valley oak fell in high winds during the...

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A New Leaf: Real Security in a Fire-Prone Place

A New Leaf: Real Security in a Fire-Prone Place

It’s been more than a month since winter rains began, turning our brown hills green and bringing yet another harrowing fire season to a close. Now, while we’re enjoying the rain and green grass, we can think more calmly about fire—or rather, about how to better live...

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Educational Camps for Kids Set for Coming Year

Educational Camps for Kids Set for Coming Year

Great news for local parents: our educators already have lined up several camps for this spring and summer! Enrollments are available now for these popular outdoor adventures: a one-week Spring Break Camp at Sugarloaf, four Wizard School Camps at Sonoma Garden Park,...

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