Coronavirus Response & Resources | Sonoma Ecology Center

Every day, we are thinking about Sonoma Valley and our community. As we all face unprecedented challenges in this time of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to know what is important to you. Please tell us what information you’d most like to receive from Sonoma Ecology Center.

Our Response

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, our dedicated staff is focused on coordinating efforts with local government and fellow nonprofits so our community receives the support it needs.

  • We launched SonomaValleyVolunteers.org to mobilize a new volunteer force, nonprofits, businesses and local government to help meet the emerging needs of our community.

  • Our Education team is bringing our K-6 Watershed Education Program into the virtual 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classrooms we serve each year. By innovating our programs, we can continue to help the next generation foster their love of the environment from home.

  • We are supporting families both at home and outdoors and launching social media campaigns that inspire people to stay connected to nature.

  • We are maintaining the public parks we manage—Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma Garden Park, Nathanson Creek Park, Sonoma Overlook Trail and Montini Open Space Preserve—so they are ready for the public as soon as possible for much needed time in nature.

Resources

Public Parks
All Sonoma County parks are closed by order of public health officials. That means the parks we maintain—Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma Garden Park, Montini Open Space Preserve and Sonoma Overlook Trail—are off limits for the time being. The order includes all beaches and parks large and small, even local fields and play-structures.

We know this is a sad outcome for many locals who had been enjoying our parks and open spaces safely, practicing social distancing and otherwise following the health protocols put in place for everyone’s protection.

We still encourage people to go outside regularly for fresh air and exercise while always following social distancing guidelines.

Ways to Get Outside
Sonoma Valley residents are still allowed to go outside. Sonoma Valley’s diverse plants and animals are still here and still thriving. We will update you with ways you can continue with the Sonoma Valley’s beautiful environment.

  • Paved paths such as Sonoma Bike Path and Sonoma City Trail remain open at this time for pedestrian use only (no bicycles).

  • Buy fresh, local produce at Friday’s Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers’ Market

  • Now is the time for weeding, mowing, trimming and planting—but please leave piles of brush where they are until September, as native birds are nesting in them.

  • Plant pollinator-friendly natives such as hummingbird sage, California fuchsia, sticky monkeyflower, deer grass and milkweed.

  • Make your garden more fire-smart, water-wise and wildlife-friendly using tips from our brochure.

  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest inspiration from Sonoma Valley’s great outdoors.

Volunteer
The majority of Sonoma Valley’s legendary volunteer force is 60+. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented community needs. Join Sonoma Valley Volunteers, an unprecedented effort to connect novel volunteer opportunities with a new volunteer force.

People over 60 can contribute from home and people under 60 can help out in the community while social distancing.

The majority of Sonoma Valley’s legendary volunteer force is 60+. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented community needs. Join Sonoma Valley Volunteers, an unprecedented effort to connect novel volunteer opportunities with a new volunteer force.

Shop Local
Here are ways you can be supporting local businesses!

  • Order from local restaurants offering curbside pickup
  • Support businesses that are able to stay open. (sonomatogo.com)
  • Purchase a gift card from local businesses for future use
  • Leave a review of local businesses on social platforms

Eat Fresh
Here are places to find fresh locally sourced produce. 

Be Safe
We ask everyone to follow social distancing guidelines whenever you leave the house.

  • Maintain a distance of six feet or more at all times
  • Don’t touch common surfaces such as doorknobs
  • Carry and use your own hand sanitizer or soap
  • Bring your own water; avoid public fountains
  • Stay home if you’re sick

Stay in Touch!
As we all cope with these new unprecedented challenges, we invite you to stay connected with us.