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Apr
19
Fri
Sonoma Garden Park Volunteer Workday | Día de trabajo voluntario cada tercer viernes del mes @ Sonoma Garden Park
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sonoma Garden Park Volunteer Workday | Día de trabajo voluntario cada tercer viernes del mes @ Sonoma Garden Park | Sonoma | California | United States

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Every 3rd Friday of the month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm we welcome existing and new volunteers for a fun morning of work and community building at Sonoma Garden Park. Depending on the season activities include prepping fields, planting, harvesting, weeding, pruning trees and prepping produce for the seasonal Saturday Harvest market. 

Join us for a fun opportunity to enjoy the bounty of each season, and to share and learn from other gardeners. Existing and new volunteers are encouraged to attend—no experience is necessary! Please be sure to bring your gardening gloves, hat, SPF and water. At noon you enjoy a light garden fresh lunch at our shady picnic area provided by Sonoma Ecology Center as a thank you to our wonderful volunteers!

Los voluntarios juegan un papel vital en el Garden Park. ¡Te invitamos a ensuciarte las manos cada tercer viernes de mes! Únete a nosotros de 9:00 am. a 12:00 pm y conoce a los voluntarios existentes y nuevos. Las actividades incluyen deshierbe, siembra, poda y cosecha. Después del trabajo, disfruta de un almuerzo ligero proporcionado por el Centro Ecológico de Sonoma.

Sonoma Garden Park está ubicado en 19996 7th St E, Sonoma, CA 95476 y es un proyecto del Sonoma Ecology Center.

Weekly California Native Plant Sale | Venta semanal de plantas nativas Californianas @ Native Plant Nursery at Sonoma Garden Park
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Weekly California Native Plant Sale | Venta semanal de plantas nativas Californianas @ Native Plant Nursery at Sonoma Garden Park | Sonoma | California | United States

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We are selling a variety of California native plants to the public every Friday from 12:00-3:00 pm to help local gardeners create and maintain drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes. Simply drop into our Native Plant Nursery. For questions, email our Native Plant Nursery Manager at hannah@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Our weekly plant sales will be cancelled October 6, 13, and 20, and November 24, 2023.

Sign up for our emailing list to stay updated on future events: sonomaecologycenter.org/newsletters-sign-up.

Venderemos una variedad de plantas nativas Californianas al público cada viernes de 12:00 a 3:00 pm para ayudar a jardineros locales a crear y mantener jardines y paisajes resistentes a la sequía y amigables a polinizadores. Simplemente acude a nuestro vivero de plantas nativas (ubicado dentro de Sonoma Garden Park). Si tienes preguntas, manda un email a nuestra gerente del vivero de plantas nativas por hannah@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Nuestra venta de plantas semanal en octubre 6, 13, y 20 se ha cancelado para prepararnos para nuestra venta estacional el 21 de octubre.

Inscríbete a nuestro boletín de noticias electrónico para estar al tanto de nuestros eventos futuros: sonomaecologycenter.org/newsletters-sign-up.

Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve Walk @ Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve
Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve Walk @ Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve

Join Sonoma Ecology Center naturalists at Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve for one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in all of Sonoma County. Experience a pristine spring grassland with numerous species in full bloom. The 162-acre property in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain is protected by a conservation easement made possible by Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) and the California Wildlife Conservation Board. The property is managed under a partnership with the landowner and Sonoma Ecology Center to protect the Preserve’s unique plants, thriving streams, and wildlife habitat. 

This outing is a beginning-level walk over a gently sloped land. Most of the walk is through grassland, generally not on trails, so the footing can be uneven. The walk crosses a few small creek channels, which sometimes have shallow water with stepping stones.

The dates for the Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve Walks 2024 are:

EACH WALK’S REGISTRATION WILL OPEN 10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT TIME. THERE IS A LIMIT OF 2 TICKETS PER ORDER. You will be able to find when your desired walk will open registration by clicking “Get Tickets” at the bottom of this page.

Please note that these popular walks fill to capacity on a first-come, first-served basis every year, so early registration is encouraged! Walks will go on in light rain, but heavy rains will cancel the walk. 

Registration is required. Directions and day-of-contact information will be emailed upon registration. For additional information or questions about the outing, please contact Tony Passantino at 707.996.0712 ext. 124, or tony@sonomaecologycenter.org.

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

Apr
20
Sat
Headwaters to Headwaters Hike: A Mayacamas Hiking Adventure @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 20 @ 6:30 am – 5:00 pm

Join Sonoma Ecology Center and Team Sugarloaf and embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Sonoma County’s most pristine and breathtaking landscapes with our exclusive fundraising hike. This event will be a grand tour of the Mayacamas Mountains in the northern half of Sonoma Valley, where we will pass close to the headwaters of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Creeks. This unique adventure offers participants a rare opportunity to traverse through areas usually closed to the public, such as the recent Perry Addition to Sonoma County parks. Whether you choose the 11-mile classic route or the 17-mile epic option, you’ll be treated to a day filled with stunning vistas, challenging trails, and the camaraderie of fellow nature enthusiasts. As you navigate through rolling hills, serene creeks, and towering oaks, you’ll push your limits and contribute to a noble cause. The hike culminates in a communal barbecue dinner, where stories of the day’s journey can be shared among new friends.

Sign up today to secure your spot in this remarkable experience and help us support the preservation of Sonoma County’s natural treasures. Sponsorship opportunities are available for those looking to make an even greater impact.

This year, we have two versions:

  1. Classic Route  – from the Los Alamos parking lot in Hood Mountain Regional Park to Sugarloaf’s day-use picnic area via the McCormick Addition and Bald Mountain Trail. 11 miles; 3,200 ft of elevation (bus from Sugarloaf).
  2. Epic Option – Sugarloaf’s main parking lot to Goodspeed Trail into Hood Mtn, down to the McCormick Addition and joining the rest of the group. 17 miles; 5,600 ascent. This is a rigorous hike for advanced hikers only (limited to 15 tickets).

WHY SUPPORT US?

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is operated by Sonoma Ecology Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. While Sugarloaf is a California State Park, we do not receive operational funding from the State. It is our visitors, donors, volunteers, and members who make it possible for us to keep Sugarloaf Ridge State Park open for the community to enjoy.

Since 2012, Sonoma Ecology Center has worked to make the park accessible and welcoming to a broader audience through community-focused programs.

Some of our programming highlights include:

  • Our Senderos Program targets the Spanish-speaking community, bringing thousands of new visitors to the park for nature events and first-time camping experiences. Learn More.
  • The Slow Journeys Program offers nature hikes and events on flat, smooth paths, ensuring accessibility for all visitors. Learn More.
  • The ParkRx Program at Sugarloaf is the nation’s most active, providing over 1,000 participants annually free access to approximately 90 activities, including fitness hiking series, yoga hikes, Tai Chi classes, and forest therapy sessions, all prescribed by medical providers. Learn more.
  • We have earned recognition as a role model in establishing impactful relationships with the local Native American tribe, the Mishewal-Wappo. Our relationship is grounded in respect, patience, and courage. Learn More.


What are the keys to our success in building
vibrant and inclusive programing?

  • Deep community ties: We continuously strengthen our connections across all community sectors, enhancing our understanding of community needs and fostering collaborations with other local organizations.
  • Innovative marketing and outreach: Our multi-channel marketing strategy reaches every community member, featuring a large email list, a dynamic social media presence, collaborations with local newspapers and websites, online advertising, and partnerships with numerous local organizations and groups.
  • A Committed Volunteer Program: Many of our programs, including ParkRx and Slow Journeys, rely on a dedicated and skilled volunteer force, allowing us to offer these events at a significantly lower cost than other organizations.
  • Test-and-learn philosophy: We continuously evolve our programs through learning, modifying, and documenting, ensuring they become impactful and financially sustainable.

By supporting us, you contribute to a legacy of inclusivity, innovation, and community engagement at Sonoma Ecology Center’s management of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

Tickets: $95 each. Tickets include parking, shuttle transportation to Hood Mtn, snacks, drinks, and a BBQ dinner.
Underwriting Options: Help us defray the event’s costs and make it a true fundraiser. All of these options are tax deductible and include one ticket to the classic route of this hike.

  • Epic Underwriter: $5,000
  • Monumental Mover (and Shaker): $2,500
  • Peak Provider: $750
  • Sugar Sponsor: $500

ROUTE DETAILS

Classic Route:  Participants will arrive at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park by 8:45am, with shuttle buses departing at 9:00am for Hood Mountain Regional Park. The hike begins at the Los Alamos parking lot, taking the Santa Rosa Creek Trail to Homestead Meadow and entering Sugarloaf via the McCormick Addition. The route ascends Quercus Trail, passes the former site of the Grandmother Oak, and stops briefly at Red Hill before continuing up Maple Glen Trail. After lunch atop “Hill 2530,” hikers return to Sugarloaf via ascending Bald Mountain, concluding with a barbecue dinner in the day-use area around 3:30pm. The journey spans roughly 11 miles and climbs 3,200 ft in elevation.

Epic Option (for advanced hikers only): Meet at Sugarloaf’s Visitor Center at 6:15am for a 6:30am departure via Pony Gate and Goodspeed Trails. Meet up with the group hiking from the Los Alamos parking lot at the Santa Rosa Creek crossing (in Hood Mtn Regional Park) at about 10:00am, before entering Sugarloaf’s McCormick Addition.

Pack a lunch for the stop at Hill 2530, at least half a gallon of water and electrolytes, sun protection, and additional socks. Be prepared to walk 11 or 17 miles (depending on the route you registered for) over steep and sometimes rough terrain, with a stream crossing of minimal depth. Dress appropriately for the weather and the ticks.

Ticket sales end on 4/16 to give us an estimate of how many buses we will need for shuttling and how much food to prepare.

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Sonoma Garden Park Weed Pulling Contest @ Sonoma Garden Park
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sonoma Garden Park Weed Pulling Contest @ Sonoma Garden Park | Sonoma | California | United States

Join us for a special Earth Day celebration at Sonoma Garden Park on 4/20! Join us to see who can get the highest…… number of weeds pulled at Sonoma Garden Park on 4/20.

We’re hosting our second annual Weed Pulling Contest as part of our Earth Day festivities. This family-friendly event aims to fight noxious weeds in the park. Join us for a morning of community, fun, and environmental stewardship.

The contest will begin at 9:15 am and will end at 11:45 am, followed by a short award ceremony. Coffee and pastries will be provided for participants, and prizes will be awarded to the top weed-pullers.

No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome. Volunteers should meet behind the Barn at 9:00 am. Please dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy walking shoes, and bring a water bottle. We’ll have extra work gloves available if needed.

If you’d like to stay for a relaxing event at Sonoma Garden Park, sign up for Painting in the Garden, where you will bring home a 8” by 10” painting ready to be framed by the end of the session: sonomaecologycenter.org/event/painting-in-the-garden-all-levels-2.

To participate in the contest, please RSVP using the link below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Painting in the Garden (All Levels) @ Sonoma Garden Park
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Painting in the Garden (All Levels) @ Sonoma Garden Park | Sonoma | California | United States

Let’s harvest the visual beauty at our Painting in the Garden event on Saturday, April 20, at one of our sessions: 10:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00-3:00 pm. This event will be a painting lesson al fresco.

Your painting will be a unique creation, guided by personalized attention from our kind and professional artist teacher, Jeannine Luke, a local artist who has taught painting for 30 years. Highly rated among her students, Jeannine Luke paints every day and has paintings hanging in a Tuscany museum.

With step by step instruction, feedback, and encouragement, you will walk away from class with a 8” by 10” painting ready to be framed. There will be a framing demonstration and ideas for home decor. All supplies will be provided including paint, canvas, aprons and easels.

No experience with painting is necessary, just a willingness to see nature in her glory! This guided class provides everything you need for the creative experience of the season. Sign up with a friend and bring a picnic for after the event! 

Ticketing is free and ends at 11:59 PM on April 18, 2024. There is a limit of 2 tickets per order.

This event is organized by Julia Megna, Sonoma Ecology Center’s education project manager and owner of Florals and Decor by Julia. For questions, contact Julia at julia@sonomaecologycenter.org or Jeannine Luke at danceswithangels2@yahoo.com.

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax. Sonoma Garden Park was protected by Ag + Open Space in November of 2011 for recreation and preservation of its natural resources, and learning classroom environment for agriculture field trips for nearby elementary schools through Sonoma Ecology Center’s “Growing Discovery” program. The 6-acre property, hidden in eastern Sonoma, is an incredible public park and working garden site in Sonoma Valley, home of a wide array of habitats alongside sustainably designed systems for both agriculture use and landscaping purposes.

Sign up for our emailing list to stay updated on future events: sonomaecologycenter.org/newsletters-sign-up.

Park Rx – Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Park Rx - Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park | Kenwood | California | United States

Enjoy your yoga experience in the beautiful setting of our park! Susan Topf’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of easy hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation, no mat necessary. The route varies on weather conditions and group interest that typically covers 2-3 miles of varied terrain. All levels and ages welcome.

Tickets are $30 for general audiences and include parking if registered in advance online. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing to feel comfortable being in a natural setting and bring water (as needed). The April hike will meet at the Goodspeed parking lot, whereas the May hike will meet outside the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted in confirmation email prior to the hike. Limited to 12 participants.

Sonoma County Resident? Free with an April 2024 or newer ParkRx from a participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info.

Ease of access: we’re unable to determine ease of access as the route will be decided the day-of by the hike leader and other logistics (mud, small water crossings, slippery trails, etc).


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For more events at Sugarloaf, visit our calendar.

Park Rx – Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Park Rx - Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park | Kenwood | California | United States

UPDATE 4/17, 1:40 PM: The April Yoga Hike has been canceled due to lack of sign-ups.

Enjoy your yoga experience in the beautiful setting of our park! Susan Topf’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of easy hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation, no mat necessary. The route varies on weather conditions and group interest that typically covers 2-3 miles of varied terrain. All levels and ages welcome.

Tickets are $30 for general audiences and include parking if registered in advance online. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing to feel comfortable being in a natural setting and bring water (as needed). The April hike will meet at the Goodspeed parking lot, whereas the May hike will meet outside the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted in confirmation email prior to the hike. Limited to 12 participants.

Sonoma County Resident? Free with an April 2024 or newer ParkRx from a participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info.

Ease of access: we’re unable to determine ease of access as the route will be decided the day-of by the hike leader and other logistics (mud, small water crossings, slippery trails, etc).


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For more events at Sugarloaf, visit our calendar.

Painting in the Garden (All Levels) @ Sonoma Garden Park
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Painting in the Garden (All Levels) @ Sonoma Garden Park | Sonoma | California | United States

Let’s harvest the visual beauty at our Painting in the Garden event on Saturday, April 20, at one of our sessions: 10:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00-3:00 pm. This event will be a painting lesson al fresco.

Your painting will be a unique creation, guided by personalized attention from our kind and professional artist teacher, Jeannine Luke, a local artist who has taught painting for 30 years. Highly rated among her students, Jeannine Luke paints every day and has paintings hanging in a Tuscany museum.

With step by step instruction, feedback, and encouragement, you will walk away from class with a 8” by 10” painting ready to be framed. There will be a framing demonstration and ideas for home decor. All supplies will be provided including paint, canvas, aprons and easels.

No experience with painting is necessary, just a willingness to see nature in her glory! This guided class provides everything you need for the creative experience of the season. Sign up with a friend and bring a picnic for after the event! 

Ticketing is free and ends at 11:59 PM on April 18, 2024. There is a limit of 2 tickets per order.

This event is organized by Julia Megna, Sonoma Ecology Center’s education project manager and owner of Florals and Decor by Julia. For questions, contact Julia at julia@sonomaecologycenter.org or Jeannine Luke at danceswithangels2@yahoo.com.

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax. Sonoma Garden Park was protected by Ag + Open Space in November of 2011 for recreation and preservation of its natural resources, and learning classroom environment for agriculture field trips for nearby elementary schools through Sonoma Ecology Center’s “Growing Discovery” program. The 6-acre property, hidden in eastern Sonoma, is an incredible public park and working garden site in Sonoma Valley, home of a wide array of habitats alongside sustainably designed systems for both agriculture use and landscaping purposes.

Sign up for our emailing list to stay updated on future events: sonomaecologycenter.org/newsletters-sign-up.

Apr
21
Sun
ParkRx—Forest Bathing Walk @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
ParkRx—Forest Bathing Walk @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park | Kenwood | California | United States

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. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its Park Rx Program the 4th Sunday of the month led by certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) practitioners.

We invite you to join us on this therapeutic experience of sights, sounds, scents, touch, and memory. The outing begins at the White Barn and meanders less than one mile from the start point in a reverie of introspection and connection to the natural world.

Tickets are $20 or free with an April 2024 or newer Park Rx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx information. To sign up with a ParkRx, please email a PDF of your Rx to alma@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Wear layers, comfortable footwear, bring water, sun protection, and if desired, a snack or a picnic to enjoy after the event. Parking fees apply. Heavy rains cancel.

Ease of access: Creekside Nature Trail has two trailheads. The trailhead from the White Barn is ADA compliant for about 0.1 miles. Our route for this hike veers off to the left across a narrow bridge and single-track dirt trail that connects with Hillside and then backtracks. The entire route is approximately 3/4 of a mile with approximately 100ft of elevation gain. 

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For more events at Sugarloaf, visit our calendar.