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Biologist Wendy Hayes’ Cure for Coronavirus Blues

Biologist Wendy Hayes’ Cure for Coronavirus Blues

The order came out that in addition to sheltering in place, we in Sonoma County are in the midst of a parks closure. During times like these we need nature, fresh air, and space. So, what to do? Here’s what to do: Explore places that you might overlook in the everyday...

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Where to Go for Fresh Local Produce

Where to Go for Fresh Local Produce

With our normal shopping routines upended, many Sonoma Valley residents are wondering where are the best places to go right now for fresh, locally sourced produce. Below are a few suggestions. For more on finding locally grown produce and other food during the...

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What to Do Now that Sonoma Valley Parks Are Closed

What to Do Now that Sonoma Valley Parks Are Closed

As of Tuesday, March 24, 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....

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A Message from Our Executive Director

A Message from Our Executive Director

For the third time in as many years, our community is facing a crisis that will test its capacity to steer through massive, frightening change. Unlike prior years during the fires, when people all over the world could support us, almost everyone is facing their own...

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Update on Coping with COVID-19 at Sugarloaf

Update on Coping with COVID-19 at Sugarloaf

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are taking steps to ensure everyone can enjoy Sugarloaf Ridge State Park safely. The physical and mental benefits of being outside are important to us all. Sonoma Ecology Center and Team Sugarloaf, in partnership with...

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Working Together to Prepare for Coronavirus in Sonoma Valley

Working Together to Prepare for Coronavirus in Sonoma Valley

The following statement was issued Friday, March 6 by Sonoma County and Sonoma Valley officials: Coronavirus is currently top of mind for many in Sonoma Valley, including our residents, businesses and community organizations. As you are likely aware, the State of...

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Volunteer in Nature

Volunteer in Nature

Calling all Sonoma Valley volunteers, gardeners and nature lovers! When the weather heats up so does our events schedule, as Sonoma Ecology Center takes advantage of the beautiful sunny days by offering more volunteer opportunities around the Valley. They include...

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Manage Landscape Now to Be Fire-Smart and Wildlife-Friendly

Manage Landscape Now to Be Fire-Smart and Wildlife-Friendly

Now is the time to prepare for this year’s fire season by pruning and trimming around your home with an eye to both fire-readiness and wildlife habitat. Yes, now, in the middle of winter, before March 1. By early March birds will be nesting and breeding in the...

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Volunteering in the New Year

Volunteering in the New Year

As 2020 begins, we invite you to look to the wonderful community around you for ways to connect and give back. Sonoma Ecology Center does meaningful work throughout Sonoma Valley, providing volunteer opportunities galore. Come join us for any of the following and reap...

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Ode to a Sugarloaf Oak

Ode to a Sugarloaf Oak

Some trees are so mighty and long-lived they almost seem immortal. But even they eventually meet their end. So it was with the Grandmother Oak of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Located within the McCormick Addition, this gigantic valley oak fell in high winds during the...

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