Sonoma Ecology Center

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?

Watch this video on how we keep people safer while supporting our environment.

Upcoming Events

Jun
20
Mon
Garden Gnomes Camp – Garden Camp for little ones! Campamento de gnomo de jardín – ¡campamento de jardín para los más pequeños! @ Sonoma Garden Park
Jun 20 @ 9:00 am – Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm
Garden Gnomes Camp – Garden Camp for little ones! Campamento de gnomo de jardín – ¡campamento de jardín para los más pequeños! @ Sonoma Garden Park

Garden Gnomes Camp – Garden Camp for little ones!

Campamento de gnomo de jardín – ¡campamento de jardín para los más pequeños!

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When: June 20 – 24, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Cuándo: 20 a 24 de junio, 9am-1:30pm  

Where: Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7th Street East, Sonoma

Dónde: Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7th Street East, Sonoma

Who: Ages 5-7

Quien: edades de 5 a 7

Cost: $270/non-members $300

Costo: $270 para miembros de Sonoma Ecology Center, o $300 para el público general.

Let’s get outside! Come to the enchanted garden for activities specially designed for our younger campers to bring the magic of the environment into their life! Ages 5-7, campers will explore nature’s offerings in the gardens of Sonoma Garden Park and oak woodland glen. From treasure hunts and pollinator pursuits to games and tasting the garden’s bounty. We will dig into the soil, create art and explore science in the magical world of the garden. Campers are asked to bring their own snacks and lunch.

 

¡Vamos afuera! ¡Venga al jardín encantado para actividades específicamente diseñadas para pequeños, que traerán la magia del medio ambiente a su vida! Diseñado para edades de 5 a 7, participantes explorarán lo que ofrece la naturaleza en los jardines de Sonoma Garden Park. Habrá búsqueda de tesoros, de polinizadores, juegos, y saborearemos la generosidad del huerto. Excavaremos la tierra, crearemos arte, y exploraremos la ciencia en el mundo mágico del jardín. Pedimos a los participantes que vengan preparados con sus propios bocadillos y almuerzo.

Jun
24
Fri
Senderos: ¡Vamos a acampar en Sugarloaf! @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 24 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm

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10 a 12 de junio, 24 a 26 de junio, 8 a 10 de julio, o 22 a 24 de julio.
¡Venga a disfrutar un fin de semana acampando en su parque! No es necesario tener experiencia acampando, ¡nosotros le enseñaremos! Este evento es gratuito y proveerá una oportunidad para familiarizarse con el equipo y fomentar las habilidades de acampar. Tendremos tiendas de campaña y extra equipo para los participantes que necesiten; los participantes serán responsables por sus comidas.

El evento y estacionamiento son gratuitos pero por favor regístrese por adelantado, ya que el espacio es limitado a 6 familias de 6 miembros o 30 participantes. Familias que anteriormente no han participado en este evento tendrán prioridad. Seguiremos las medidas apropiadas en acuerdo con órdenes del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado.

Las lluvias fuertes cancelan el evento. Si tiene preguntas, o busca más información, mande un correo electrónico a Alma o Arsel (senderos@sonomaecologycenter.org) o llame al (707) 833-5712.

Este evento es respaldado por Route to Parks, una beca de Parks California.
La propuesta alianza de múltiples partícipes exclusiva a Parks California fortalece a comunidades mientras fomenta el amor y el cuidado de tierras públicas. La beca “Route to Parks” de $15,000 ayudará a que más gente tenga acceso a los recursos necesarios para vivir una vida sana fuera del programa Senderos Naturales. Parks California fué fundada como una organización asociada clave sin fines lucrativos asociada clave con el Departamento de Parques y Recreación del Estado de California para ayudar a fortalecer e inspirar a todos a presenciar estos lugares extraordinarios.

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Let’s go camping at Sugarloaf!
June 18-20, June 25-27, July 9-11 or July 16-18
Come experience a night of camping at your park! This is a beginning-camper friendly-experience. If you’ve never camped, or if it’s been some years, this opportunity will familiarize you with equipment and strengthen your camping skills. Gear will be provided for those who need it; you bring the food! This is a free event planned around the Latinx community. Families from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. Email senderos@sonomaecologycenter.org with your questions. Heavy rains cancel.

Senderos Naturales is supported by Route to Parks, a grant of Parks California.

Parks California’s unique multi-stakeholder partnership approach strengthens communities while fostering love and stewardship of public lands. The Route to Parks grant of $15,000 will help more people have access to the resources they need to lead a healthy life outside Senderos Naturales. Parks California was founded as a key nonprofit partner of the California Department of Parks and Recreation to help strengthen and inspire all to experience these extraordinary places.

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Jun
25
Sat
Hiking for Fitness: Group Fitness Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join our Hiking for Fitness “graduates” on this free, intermediate-level group fitness hike. RSVP is not required.
For a complete schedule–including routes, mileage and elevation gain–visit the Hiking for Fitness page and click on the “Maintenance Hikes – 2022” tab.

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Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 25 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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The practice of Forest Therapy has been shown to improve health and well-being.

Have you heard about Shinrin-yoku or Forest bathing? Here is an opportunity to take a walk and experience the practice for yourself. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress reducing qualities of this walking practice. Shinrin-yoku originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States for its documented health benefits.

This practice takes a walk in the woods to another level. A centering and calming restorative practice, it promotes balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Recent articles have been written up in Oprah, Time Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its ParkRx Program the 4th Saturday of each month. These walks are led by certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) practitioners. Visit natureandforesttherapy.earth for more info about this practice.

Tickets are $20 or free with a 2022 ParkRx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider (click here for ParkRx info).

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Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am


Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek. On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals, and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek. The hike starts outside the Visitor Center. Free. Registration is not required. Parking charges apply.

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