Earthlings Calendar

Earthlings youth-led volunteers meet every Monday at 7:00pm on Zoom and every Wednesday at 1:15-4:00pm at Sonoma Garden Park. To join or learn about summer hours, send us an email at earthlings@sonomaecologycenter.org.

May
26
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 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.

May
28
Sat
Hiking for Fitness: Group Fitness Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 28 @ 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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Butterflies, Dragonflies & Summer Flowers @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
After the year’s rain, it’s butterfly and dragonfly season. Join Naturalist, John Lynch, on this 5-mile guided nature hike, with approximately 800 feet of elevation gain. We’ll be looking up rather than down to discover what’s flying around, learning a little about creek, pond and meadow habitats. Our route will explore the Sonoma Creek ecosystem along the Creekside trail then up the Lower Bald Mountain Trail to look for some summer wildflowers and over to the Vista Trail to a small pond/marsh with return via Meadow Trail.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $7.5 for students, youth (12-17 year olds), Sugarloaf members and volunteers, and free for under 12. Meet at the White Barn parking area. Bring water, sun protection, and if you have them, butterfly and wildflower guides.

Rain cancels. Parking fees apply.

Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 28 @ 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
May 28 @ 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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