Beautiful. Sustainable. Sonoma.

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. More than ever, Sonoma Ecology Center needs your support 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.


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


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.


Our Saturday Harvest Markets at the Sonoma Garden Park are in full swing. Stop by and pick up some fresh produce, eggs, honey or olive oil. See what’s growing on here.
Fin de semana en Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm

18-20 de junio, 25-27 de junio, 9-11 de julio, o 16-18 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 5 familias de 6 miembros o 30 participantes. Seguiremos las medidas apropiadas en acuerdo con órdenes del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado.
Si tiene preguntas o busca más información, por favor contacte a Alma:

Este evento es respaldado por Route to Parks, una beca de Parks California.

Weekend 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 a primarily Spanish speaking audience of up to 30. Families from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.
Email with your questions. We will observe applicable County Health orders.

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

Jun 19 all-day
Harvest Market @ Sonoma Garden Park
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Harvest Market @ Sonoma Garden Park

Sonoma Garden Park’s Harvest Market is open now throughout the growing season on Saturday’s from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Fresh produce, eggs from free range chickens, honey and olive oil are for sale. Master Gardeners are on hand most Saturdays to answer gardening questions. Shopping at the market supports local, sustainable agriculture.

Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Enjoy your yoga experience in the beautiful setting of our park! Susan Topf’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of easy hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation, no mat necessary.
Please wear weather-appropriate clothing to feel comfortable being in a natural setting and bring water (as needed) and your mask.
Route varies on weather conditions and group interest that typically covers 2-3 miles of varied terrain.
Tickets are $30 and include parking if registered in advance online.
All levels and ages welcome. Meet at the Visitor’s Center unless otherwise noted in confirmation email prior to the hike. Limited to 12 participants.

Sonoma County Resident? Free with 2021 ParkRx from participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info.
Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 19 @ 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 at the Visitors Center. No fee, but parking charges apply. 

The hike is limited to 12 participants. Sign up at Visitor Center or RSVP to 



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The Ecology Blog

SEC Earthlings  Lead the Way!

SEC Earthlings Lead the Way!

Sonoma Ecology Center is proud that our youth and volunteer-led SEC Earthlings Club is partnering with the City of Sonoma to support businesses and customers in reducing the use of single-use plastics and non-recyclable food packaging. This effort is being made...

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Another successful prescribed burn in the books!

Another successful prescribed burn in the books!

Mother Nature’s gift of a cool morning, relative humidity, low wind plus our technically capable team and preparedness allowed Sonoma Ecology Center and our partners the right weather conditions to conduct another successful prescribed burn at Van Hoosear Wildflower...

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Some Cool Finds During City Nature Challenge

Some Cool Finds During City Nature Challenge

City Nature Challenge is an international event that takes place on the same weekend each year to encourage scientists and citizen scientists to document on the iNaturalist app any and all species they see in nature. Team Sugarloaf has participated in it for the past...

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Defend Your Home With Resilient Landscaping

Defend Your Home With Resilient Landscaping

By Ellie Insley, Vice President of the Board of Directors of Sonoma Ecology Center. Ellie is a Landscape Architect; Natural Habitat Restoration Specialist; Life Coach; and Equine Guided Educator. Fire-resilient landscaping may be more important now than ever given the...

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