Dec
8
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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.

Dec
10
Sat
Group Fitness Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Choose your own adventure! Part of our Hiking for Fitness program, these free, moderate-to-strenuous group hikes are geared to keep you motivated through the cold season. Parking fees apply. Hikes are (usually) every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

11/12 – route A: Vista Trail Loop (clockwise): ~4.1 mi, 600ft elevation, meets @ main lot
route B: Crazy 8 Waterfall Loop + Vista Trail circuit: 6.5mi, 1400ft elevation, meets @ main lot
11/26 – route A: Goodspeed to Nattkemper bench: 4.2 mi, 1060 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
route B: Goodspeed to Gunsight Rock: 6.5 mi, 2080 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
12/10 – route A: Vista Loop (CCW): 3.6 mi, 700 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
route B: Vista to Bald Mountain Loop: 6 mi, 1520 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
12/17 –  Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650-ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
Dec
11
Sun
Winter Wreaths and Nature Decor Workshop – Taller de coronas @ Sonoma Ecology Center
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Winter Wreaths and Nature Decor Workshop – Taller de coronas @ Sonoma Ecology Center | Sonoma | California | United States

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[Español abajo]

Using all local greenery and forest findings, you will learn and create winter decor using techniques for unique “partial wreaths” as well as the “bundle and loop” rings of glory. Join us to participate in the ancient tradition of wreath making and bring home the perfect winter welcome to use as a door or wall decoration. Whether yours is a traditional evergreen wreath or a new year vine “hoop of hope,” its intention will shine through. Julia Megna, owner of Florals and Nature Decor by Julia will also demonstrate how to make garlands, swags, centerpieces and tablescapes. Please bring hand clippers or scissors. Merriment and crafting fun will keep us warm, but please dress in layers and bring a mug for hot drinks. We will be outside at picnic tables or inside the straw bale barn.

We have two sessions, the first session is from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and the second session is from 12:30-2:30 pm. Both sessions will be bilingual English and Spanish.

This event is led by Julia Megna, Sonoma Ecology Center’s Education Project Manager and Alma Shaw, Senderos Coordinator for Team Sugarloaf and Sonoma Ecology Center.

Please register in advance here.


Taller de coronas
11 de diciembre del 2022
10:00 AM a 12:00 PM ó 12:30 a 2:30 PM

Utilizando verdor y materiales encontrados en bosques locales, aprenderá y creará decoraciones invernales utilizando técnicas para únicas “coronas parciales” al igual que “aros de gloria” hechos con manojos. Acompáñenos a participar en la antigua tradición de construir coronas y traer al hogar la perfecta bienvenida invernal para usar como decoración de puerta o pared. Ya sea una guirnalda tradicional de hoja perenne o un ‘aro de esperanza’ para el año nuevo, su intención brillará a través de ella. Julia Megna, dueña de Florals and Nature Decor por Julia también demostrará cómo hacer guirnaldas, piezas de centro de mesa, y ‘paisajes de mesa’.

Por favor trae tijeras de podar o regulares. La alegría estacional y las manualidades nos mantendrán cálidos pero por favor viste capas y trae una taza para bebidas calientes. Este taller se realizará al aire libre en mesas de picnic o dentro del granero. Tendremos dos talleres, el primer de 10:00 am-12:00 pm y el segundo de 12:30-2:30 pm. Ambas sesiones serán español-inglés bilingües.

Este evento es liderado por Julia Megna, gerente del proyecto de Educación de Sonoma Ecology Center y Alma Shaw, coordinadora del programa Senderos Naturales para Team Sugarloaf y Sonoma Ecology Center.
 
Por favor regístrese por adelantado aquí.

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Dec
15
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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.

Dec
16
Fri
Sonoma Garden Park Volunteer Workday @ Sonoma Garden Park
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sonoma Garden Park Volunteer Workday @ Sonoma Garden Park | Sonoma | California | United States

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!

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Dec
17
Sat
Group Fitness Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Choose your own adventure! Part of our Hiking for Fitness program, these free, moderate-to-strenuous group hikes are geared to keep you motivated through the cold season. Parking fees apply. Hikes are (usually) every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

11/12 – route A: Vista Trail Loop (clockwise): ~4.1 mi, 600ft elevation, meets @ main lot
route B: Crazy 8 Waterfall Loop + Vista Trail circuit: 6.5mi, 1400ft elevation, meets @ main lot
11/26 – route A: Goodspeed to Nattkemper bench: 4.2 mi, 1060 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
route B: Goodspeed to Gunsight Rock: 6.5 mi, 2080 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
12/10 – route A: Vista Loop (CCW): 3.6 mi, 700 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
route B: Vista to Bald Mountain Loop: 6 mi, 1520 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
12/17 –  Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650-ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
Sugarloaf Through the Ages @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sugarloaf Through the Ages @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park | Kenwood | California | United States

Join Sugarloaf docent Jim Sickles in a geology hike to learn about more about the geological formations that give Sugarloaf Ridge State Park its namesake,  how soil composition influences native flora to thrive, and take a lightning-fast journey (in geological terms) through the history of the area, from the time California was underwater to today’s volcanic caldera remains.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth (12-17 year olds), students, Sugarloaf members and Sugarloaf volunteers, and free for children under 12. Meet at the Visitor Center. Wear layers, appropriate footwear for muddy and/or slippery trails, bring at least a quart of water and if desired, a snack. Heavy rains cancel. Parking fees apply.

Ease of access: the trails we’ll hike during this event are not accessible by wheelchair, bicycle, or stroller. While the Creekside Nature Hike is an ADA-compliant trail, Hillside and Pony Gate are single-track trails with an excess of 8.3% slope elevation.

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Winter Solstice Sonoma Garden Park Volunteer Social – Reunión social para voluntarios del solsticio de invierno @ Sonoma Garden Park
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our Winter Solstice Volunteer Social is here and you’re invited! Please join us at the Sonoma Garden Park on Saturday, December 17 1:00-3:00 pm to celebrate Winter and enjoy the company of existing and future Volunteers. This social will be potluck style. Please bring a dish using seasonal garden produce to share (it’s okay if you didn’t grow it yourself!). Prepare to get cozy, drink spiced cider provided by SEC and listen to winter songs! You are encouraged to bring an instrument to play a song or two if you wish. In addition, we will have a polaroid camera to take photos and continue to build a Wall of Fame with photos of our volunteers, so garden attendees know who to thank.

*Friendly reminder that we have a Friday Work Day on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm that all are encouraged to join. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided by the Sonoma Ecology Center on these once-a-month Friday Work Days.
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Dec
18
Sun
Mushroom Hike at Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mushroom Hike at Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park | Kenwood | California | United States

Enjoy some fungi fun with local expert, George Riner. Fungi are masters of opportunity. Even after a fire, the spores are in the air and find an environment where the local fungal species – i.e. competition – have been greatly reduced. These may show themselves in ways you may not imagine.

Be prepared for two miles of leisurely walking and chatting over moderate and possibly muddy terrain. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for youth (12-17 year olds), students, Sugarloaf members and Sugarloaf volunteers and free for children under 12. Meet outside the Visitor Center ten minutes prior to the event start time. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring a reusable drink container so your little ones can enjoy hot cocoa after the walk, if desired. Heavy rains cancel; parking fees apply.

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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Dec
19
Mon
Winterbreak Camp @ Visitor Center Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – Dec 20 @ 3:00 pm
Winterbreak Camp @ Visitor Center Sugarloaf Ridge State Park | Kenwood | California | United States

[Español abajo]

Winterbreak Camp

Calling all nature lover students! We are hosting our annual Winterbreak Camp before the holidays. Join SEC Education staff for two days of fun, learning, and outdoor activity at the beautiful 4000-acre Sugarloaf Ridge state park!

Through this program, attendees will participate in nature hikes and activities to learn all about the creatures of the park. The exciting two-day camps will include trips to the waterfall, scenic overlooks on Vista trail, and creek exploration along the campground trails. We will end each day with some seasonal treats and a closing circle, where young campers can participate in daily debriefs, promoting expression of themselves and their experiences throughout camp. The camp will be based out of the Visitors Center.

The Winterbreak Camp will take place December 19-20, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Tickets are $40 For ages 8 to 12. Reserve your spot using the link below!

A big thank you to the Community Foundation Sonoma County Expanded Learning Advancing Educational Equity (ELAEE) grant for sponsoring this program!

This program will be in English. If you need help registering, please contact alma@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Campamento de vacaciones de invierno

¡Buscamos a todos los amantes de la naturaleza! Tendremos nuestro anual Campamento de vacaciones de invierno antes de los días feriados. Acompaña a los educadores de SEC en dos días de diversión, aprendizaje, y actividades al aire libre en el bello Parque Estatal Sugarloaf Ridge. 

A lo largo de este programa, participantes disfrutarán caminatas por la naturaleza y actividades para aprender acerca de las criaturas del parque. Estos dos emocionantes días incluirán caminatas a la cascada, miradores escénicos en el sendero Vista, y exploración del arroyo a lo largo del área de acampar. Terminaremos cada día con sorpresas estacionales y un círculo de cierre, donde los jóvenes podrán participar en un informe diario, promoviendo expresión de ellos mismos y de sus experiencias durante el campamento. El campamento se basará en el Centro de visitantes.

El campamento de vacaciones de invierno se dará del 19 al 20 de diciembre, de 9:00 am-3:00 pm. La inscripción es $40. Este campamento es para edades de 8 a 12 años.

¡Agradecemos a la beca Community Foundation Sonoma County Expanded Learning Advancing Educational Equity (ELAEE) por apoyar este programa!

Este programa es en inglés. Si necesita ayuda en español para registrarse, póngase en contacto con Alma Shaw en alma@sonomaecologycenter.org.

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