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.

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Upcoming Events

Aug
10
Wed
Full Moon Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 10 @ 5:45 pm – 10:00 pm

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Bring a flashlight and your sense of wonder as you explore the park after dark. This hike begins at the White Barn and heads up to the viewpoint on Vista Trail or to Bald Mountain, where we will see the moon rise over the Mayacamas and the sun set over Sonoma Valley.

The Bald Mountain route is a strenuous 6.5 miles with 1500+ of vertical and some steep sections (not recommended for under 12). It leaves the White Barn parking lot at 5:45pm.

The Vista Trail route is a moderate-to-strenuous, 4-mile hike with 700ft of elevation and begins at 7pm. Not recommended for children under 8.

Tickets are $10 general, and $5 for students, youth (12-17 year olds), Sugarloaf members and Sugarloaf volunteers. Be at the meeting location at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the hike for a prompt departure. Bring water, snacks, and extra layers for the evening. Parking fees apply.

 

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Aug
11
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 11 @ 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. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will provide tools, and if allowed, lunch.

If you are a current Sugarloaf volunteer,  log in to Better Impact to sign up. Otherwise, start here to become a volunteer.

Aug
13
Sat
Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 13 @ 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.

Senderos: Animales en Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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¡Estás invitado a nuestra aventura de Animales! Recorreremos los senderos Meadow y Hillside (2 millas) en busca de señales hechas por animales. Aprendemos sobre la comida y el comportamiento de algunos animales comúnmente encontrados en el parque como osos, culebras, y murciélagos. Nos reuniremos en el estacionamiento del granero blanco. Trae agua, repelente de insectos o una playera de mangas largas, un suéter, protector solar, y si lo deseas, un bocadillo.

Los boletos requieren un deposito de $10 por familia, los cuales devolveremos al final del evento. Para registrarse, llame a Alma al 707 833 5712 de viernes a domingo entre las 9am a 5pm. El estacionamiento, normalmente $10, es gratuito para este evento. Hay transportación disponible por vale para residentes del Valle de Sonoma que la necesiten.

Facilidad de acesso: no recomendado para silla de ruedas o carriolas. Los senderos Meadow y Hillside son caminos de grava para vehículos autorizados. Subiremos dos colinas de 100 pies de elevación y cruzaremos la cala un riachuelo. Carriolas o sillas de ruedas pueden avanzar alrededor de una milla en el sendero Meadow, el cual no es oficialmente un sendero ADA.

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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Animals in Sugarloaf
Saturday, August 13, 6:30-8pm

You’re invited to our Animal adventure! We’ll take a walk on Meadow and Hillside trails in search of signs and tracks made by animals commonly found in the park including bears, snakes, and bats. We’ll meet at the White Barn lot. Be prepared to walk approximately 1 mile. Bring plenty of water, insect repellent or long sleeves, a sweater, sun protection, and if desired, a snack.

Tickets require a $10 deposit per family to be refunded after the hike. To register, call Alma at 707 833 5712 Friday-Sunday from 9am-5pm. Parking fees, usually $10, will be waived for this event. We have vouchers for Sonoma Valley residents in need of transportation.

This event is planned around a primarily Latino audience. Families from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. 

Ease of access: The entire walk is not recommended for strollers or wheelchairs. Meadow and Hillside trails are fire roads with two 100-foot hills and a small stream crossing. Meadow is passable by strollers or wheelchair up to the bridge, about a mile in, but is not officially an ADA trail.

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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Aug
14
Sun
Limited-Mobility Dusk Birding @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

alt=""Many people know birds are most active at dawn, but dusk is second daily peak of bird activity, and you don’t have to be an early-bird to experience it. Join Dr. Dan Levitis at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park for a slow, wheelchair-accessible excursion designed for those new to bird-watching. Bring binoculars if you have them, but we’ll have a few pairs to lend, and will be doing as much listening as looking. By the time we finish it will be dark, so in addition to water, consider bringing a flashlight and a jacket. Tickets are $10. Meet at the White Barn lot. Parking fees apply.

Ease of access: the entire event will take place on the Creekside Nature Trail, our 0.9mi ADA-accessible trail. Some benches available along the way for resting for those who need them.

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