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Who We Are

Since 1990, Sonoma Ecology Center has 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.

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.

This is our moment to lay the foundation for the critical work ahead for Sonoma Valley’s LAND, WATER, BIODIVERSITY, COMMUNITY, and CLIMATE.

Fire Resiliency Video

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
10
Mon

When:
Creek Camp Session 1 June 10-14 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Creek Camp Session 2 June 24-28 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Creek Camp Session 3 July 15-19 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Creek Camp Session 4 July 22-26 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Cuándo: Habrá 4 sesiones disponibles: 10 a 14 de junio, 24 a 28 de junio, 15 a 19 de julio, y 22 de julio a 26, todas de 9:00 am a 3:00 pm.

Where: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, CA 95452 | Dónde: Parque Estatal Sugarloaf Ridge, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, CA 95452

Who: Ages 8-12 | Quien: edades de 8 a 12

Cost: $360/non-members $400 | Costo: $360 para miembros de Sonoma Ecology Center, o $400 para el público general.

Join us for Creek Camps at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Traverse the headwaters of Sonoma Creek Watershed in this fun and environmental education camp. Campers will spend the week as explorers, starting off the day with morning hikes on the park’s trails. As the day warms, we’ll stay close to water, exploring the creeks in the shade of the summer heat. Activities include investigating the properties of water and learning about the wildlife and plants found in the park. Campers will experience plenty of games, hiking, and storytelling. Attendees to Creek Camps must be ages 8-12. Creek Camps are $360 for SEC members and $400 for non-members.

Creek Camps 2024 are run by these educators: Jonny Ehlers, Desirae Harp and Camille Sanchez.

There are 25 spots for each session of Creek Camps. Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this short form and we will try to get back to you within 2 weeks.

Acompáñanos en el campamento de arroyo en el Parque Estatal Sugarloaf Ridge. Recorreremos la cabecera del arroyo de Sonoma en este campamento de día recreacional y educativo. Los participantes pasarán la semana como exploradores, empezando el día con caminatas en los senderos del parque. Conforme el día se torna caluroso, nos mantendremos cerca del arroyo, explorando en la sombra del calor veranero. Actividades incluyen investigación de las propiedades del agua y aprender sobre la vida silvestre y las plantas en el parque. Participantes para este campamento deben ser de edades 8 a 12. El campamento de arroyo cuesta $360 para miembros de SEC o $400 si no es miembro.

Los campamentos de arroyo son liderados por Jonny Ehlers, Desirae Harp, y Camille Sanchez.

Hay cupo para 25 en el campamento de gnomo, con becas disponibles. Para solicitar una beca, por favor llene este formulario. Nos pondremos en contacto con el solicitante en un periodo de dos semanas.

Jun
13
Thu
Sugarloaf Volunteer Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park | Kenwood | California | United States

Volunteers play a crucial role at keeping Sugarloaf Ridge State Park open and accessible to all! Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work by coming to our every-other-Thursday Volunteer Trail Crew. Activities include bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying, and hiking.

Bring gloves, hat, and water that you can carry hands-free (i.e. a backpack). Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Long sleeves are recommended as poison oak is present. 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 onto Better Impact to sign up.
Not a Sugarloaf volunteer yet? RSVP to sugarloafvolunteer@sonomaecologycenter.org no later than the Sunday prior to the work day to ensure we have lunch for you.
First-time volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to formally join our volunteer program if they’d like to support us more frequently. Start here to become a volunteer.

Jun
14
Fri
Weekly California Native Plant Sale | Venta semanal de plantas nativas Californianas @ Native Plant Nursery at Sonoma Garden Park | Sonoma | California | United States

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We are selling a variety of California native plants to the public every Friday from 12:00-3:00 pm to help local gardeners create and maintain drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes. Simply drop into our Native Plant Nursery. For questions, email our Native Plant Nursery Manager at hannah@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Our weekly plant sales will be cancelled October 6, 13, and 20, and November 24, 2023.

Sign up for our emailing list to stay updated on future events: sonomaecologycenter.org/newsletters-sign-up.

Venderemos una variedad de plantas nativas Californianas al público cada viernes de 12:00 a 3:00 pm para ayudar a jardineros locales a crear y mantener jardines y paisajes resistentes a la sequía y amigables a polinizadores. Simplemente acude a nuestro vivero de plantas nativas (ubicado dentro de Sonoma Garden Park). Si tienes preguntas, manda un email a nuestra gerente del vivero de plantas nativas por hannah@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Nuestra venta de plantas semanal en octubre 6, 13, y 20 se ha cancelado para prepararnos para nuestra venta estacional el 21 de octubre.

Inscríbete a nuestro boletín de noticias electrónico para estar al tanto de nuestros eventos futuros: sonomaecologycenter.org/newsletters-sign-up.

Jun
17
Mon

When:

Session 1 June 17-21, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Monday-Friday
Session 2 July 8-12, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Cuándo:

17 a 21 de junio, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, lunes a viernes.
8 a 12 de julio, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, lunes a viernes.

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

Who: Ages 7-11 | Quien: edades de 7 a 11

Cost: $360/non-members $400 | Costo: $360 para miembros de Sonoma Ecology Center, o $400 para el público general.

Join us for one or both weeks of discovery and wonder with our two camp sessions on June 17-21 & July 8-12. Both camps run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and are designed for young nature enthusiasts, garden witches and wizards and kids that like grass stains on their knees. The camp is limited to ages 7 to 11.

Immerse yourself in the world of OWL: Observe, Wonder, Learn as you explore the mysteries of nature throughout the seasons. From chasing clouds to discovering the secrets of decomposers, life cycles, owl pellets, and rainbows, every day will be an adventure in learning. Embark on magical journeys through the realm of folklore, where you’ll connect with the natural world through storytelling. Dive into books, create your own folklore tales with story stones, and even perform short skits, charades, and improv with props. 

Let your creative spirits soar in our Arts & Craft sessions, where you’ll craft sustainable wonders using materials from the Garden Park. Make beeswax food wraps, nature wands, tie-dye bandanas, pinwheels, and more. Create treasures that will stand the test of time. Games galore await! From team-building challenges to wildlife enactments, there’s no shortage of fun and excitement. Our newest attraction, the Children’s Nature Play Area, offers a haven for young adventurers to explore, unwind, and connect with nature, truly embracing the spirit of play!

Finally, youth will give back to the Garden Park through our gardening activities. Get your hands dirty while cleaning up, weeding, planting, and collaborating with Master Gardeners. Discover the magic of compost and meet our feathered friends, the chickens.

Our Garden Wizards Academy Camp are run by Educators Desirae Harp, Camille Sanchez, and Jonny Ehlers.

There are 25 spots for each session of Summer Wizarding Academy Camps. Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this short form and we will try to get back to you within 2 weeks.

Acompáñanos para una o ambas semanas de descubrimiento y sorpresas con nuestras dos fechas de campamento: del 17 al 21 de junio, o del 8 al 12 de julio. Ambos campamentos son de 9:00 am a 3:00 pm y son diseñados para jóvenes entusiastas de la naturaleza, brujas y magos de jardín, y niños a quienes les gustan manchas de pasto en sus rodillas. El campamento es limitado a edades 7 a 11.

Sumérgete en el mundo de OWL: Observa, Pregunta, Aprende, conforme exploras misterios de la naturaleza a través de las estaciones. Desde perseguir nubes a descubrir los secretos de los descomponedores, ciclos de vida, egagrópilas de búho, y arcoiris, cada día será una aventura en aprendizaje. Embarca en viajes mágicos a través del reino de folklor, donde te conectarás con el mundo natural mediante cuentos. Zambúllete en los libros, crea tus propias historias de folklor, y actúa cortas obras de teatro, juegos de charada, o improvisación con accesorios.

Deja que tu espíritu creativo vuele en nuestras sesiones de artes y manualidades, donde crearás regalos sostenibles usando materiales del jardín. Haz envolturas de alimentos basados a cera de abeja, varitas mágicas de naturaleza, bandanas con estampado tie-dye, molinillos, y más. Crea tesoros que superarán la prueba del tiempo. ¡Te esperan juegos! Desde destrezas que deberán ser resueltas en equipo a recreaciones de la vida salvaje, no habrá escasez de diversión y juegos. Nuestra más nueva atracción, el área de juego para niños, ofrece un paraíso para que jóvenes aventuristas puedan explorar, relajarse, y conectarse con la naturaleza, ¡realmente adoptando el espíritu de jugar! 

Finalmente, los jóvenes devolverán la generosidad del jardín a través de actividades. Te ensuciarás las manos mientras ayudas a recoger, escardar, plantar, y colaboras con Master Gardeners. Descubre la magia del abono y conoce a nuestros amigos emplumados, los pollos.

Nuestros campamentos “Academia de magos en el jardín” son liderados por educadores Desirae Harp, Camille Sanchez, y Jonny Ehlers.

Hay cupo para 25 en cada sesión de nuestro campamento “Academia de Magos”, con becas disponibles. Para solicitar una beca, por favor llene este formulario. Nos pondremos en contacto con el solicitante en un periodo de dos semanas.

Jun
21
Fri
Sonoma Garden Park Volunteer Workday | Día de trabajo voluntario cada tercer viernes del mes @ Sonoma Garden Park | Sonoma | California | United States

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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!

Los voluntarios juegan un papel vital en el Garden Park. ¡Te invitamos a ensuciarte las manos cada tercer viernes de mes! Únete a nosotros de 9:00 am. a 12:00 pm y conoce a los voluntarios existentes y nuevos. Las actividades incluyen deshierbe, siembra, poda y cosecha. Después del trabajo, disfruta de un almuerzo ligero proporcionado por el Centro Ecológico de Sonoma.

Sonoma Garden Park está ubicado en 19996 7th St E, Sonoma, CA 95476 y es un proyecto del Sonoma Ecology Center.

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Team Sugarloaf Celebrates 12-Year Anniversary  | El Equipo de Sugarloaf Celebra el 12º Aniversario

Team Sugarloaf Celebrates 12-Year Anniversary | El Equipo de Sugarloaf Celebra el 12º Aniversario

Since taking over operations of Sugarloaf Park in June 2012, Sonoma Ecology Center has developed and demonstrated a model for building a community-centered state park that welcomes all community members maintains a well-maintained and clean park, protects the environment, and builds additional knowledge of the park, all without any direct state funding. As California moves into another era of budget shortfalls, the state needs examples of how to keep its parks operating, welcoming, and maintained despite budget reductions. [Traducido al Español]

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Sonoma Ecology Center se une a organizaciones locales para ofrecer transportación gratuita a Sugarloaf Ridge State Park a través de la beca “Route to Parks” | SEC Partners with Local Organizations to Offer Free Transportation to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park through Routes to Parks Grant

Sonoma Ecology Center se une a organizaciones locales para ofrecer transportación gratuita a Sugarloaf Ridge State Park a través de la beca “Route to Parks” | SEC Partners with Local Organizations to Offer Free Transportation to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park through Routes to Parks Grant

Este año, estamos emocionados de anunciar que Sonoma Ecology Center es uno de los beneficiarios de la beca “Routes to Parks” de Parks California para el ciclo del 2024. Estamos usando esta beca para nuevamente unirnos con bibliotecas locales para ofrecer transportación gratuita a Sugarloaf Ridge State Park como parte de nuestro programa Senderos Naturales.

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