As 2018 began, Sonoma Valley faced a year of challenges — of rebuilding, rebirth and renewal. Now the year is drawing to a close, and we’re glad to take a moment and reflect on all that we’ve accomplished with the help of friends, neighbors, volunteers and donors. We’re also looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities of 2019 — including erosion, smarter and more resilient rebuilding and landscaping, and the future of SDC. With your support, we’ll get it done, and much more. Let’s move our community forward, together.
Enjoy some fungi fun with local expert, George Riner. Fungi are masters at opportunity. Even after a fire, the spores are in the air and find an environment where the local fungal species – i.e. competition – have been greatly reduced. These may show themselves in ways you may not imagine.
This hike is limited to 40 guests. Be prepared for 2 miles of walking over moderate terrain. Meet at the Visitor Center. $10 per person, parking fees apply.
On the fourth Saturday of every month, the Nathanson Stewards meet at the corner of East MacArthur and Second Street East, put on their gloves, and have a fun and productive morning tending the native garden located there.
This event is guided by trained restoration technicians from Sonoma Ecology Center, with a focus on native gardening and landscaping. The subject matter will vary with the seasons, and our technicians will demonstrate proper techniques for caring for the different native plants located within the Nathanson garden. Volunteers are asked to bring sunscreen or a hat, bottled water, a sack lunch and work gloves, and to wear closed-toed shoes. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
We’ll meet at the Nathanson Creek Preserve Garden located on the corner of East MacArthur Street and Second Street East in Sonoma. Activities may include:
- Trash pick-up
- Getting to know your neighbors
- Learning about native plants
- Sharing a sack lunch
- Connecting with nature at your local park
Need some extra time to clean up after the big day? Or just get the kids out of the house over winter break? We’ve got you covered at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park with our upcoming Day Camp. Join the Sugarloaf Staff and SEC Education staff for a day of fun, learning, and outdoor activity. Based on our summer Creek Camp, we plan on having a nature hike and learning about the creatures of the park. And we will end the day with s’mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. The camp will be based out of the Visitors Center. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $40, or $20 for Sugarloaf members or for a second child from the same family. For ages 7 to 12.
Project Story Map
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Sign the SDC Petition
Sonoma Developmental Center is preparing for final closure after 127 years of operation. Please sign the petition urging Gov. Jerry Brown to protect this large swath of crucial open space located in the heart of Sonoma Valley.
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