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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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New Accessible Ramp Installed at Sugarloaf’s Community Science Office

New Accessible Ramp Installed at Sugarloaf’s Community Science Office

This Spring, we finished the installation of a new accessible ramp at the Community Science office at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, which our Senderos Naturales staff and volunteers use for their work. We were able to complete this ramp installation using a grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

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Advancing Environmental Education with Free UC CalNat Course for Local Teachers

Advancing Environmental Education with Free UC CalNat Course for Local Teachers

In our mission to bring high quality environmental education to all students in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Ecology Center hosted a UC California Naturalist for Teachers (CalNat) course last Fall to support our Valley’s educators in their environmental education programs. Teachers are now sharing ways that they have been able to use the learnings from the course to improve their environmental instruction.

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Sugarloaf Volunteer’s iNaturalist Observation Featured in Academic Journal

Sugarloaf Volunteer’s iNaturalist Observation Featured in Academic Journal

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park has long been more than just a park. Managed by Sonoma Ecology Center, Sugarloaf is a community gathering space where nature enthusiasts, researchers, and citizen scientists can come together and learn about and contribute to our understanding of the natural world. Galen Freed-Wilhelm, a Sugarloaf volunteer and an avid participant of citizen science, made an observation of a new scorpion species on iNaturalist that was featured in a peer-reviewed, scientific journal called ZooKeys.

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Former Enviroleader Joins SEC’s Board of Directors

Former Enviroleader Joins SEC’s Board of Directors

A three-time Enviroleader alumna of Sonoma Ecology Center, Ava Castro recently joined Sonoma Ecology Center’s Board of Directors. We sat down with Ava to hear her perspective on the role of regenerative thinking in environmental work, and what she hopes to bring to SEC as a new member of our Board of Directors.

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