NeWTs – Neighbors Working Together

…for a water-wise, fire-smart, and wildlife-friendly Sonoma Valley!


Are you a Sonoma Valley resident interested in exploring solutions to local ecological issues, while also connecting with fellow community members?

Participating in NeWTs can help you achieve your goals. We are stronger when we work together! NeWTs supports residents in learning and doing: by providing you with tools you need to connect with your neighbors, try a new project, and make a difference.

Summer 2018 NeWTs Training: Neighbors Working Together!

at Morton’s Warm Springs Resort, 1651 Warm Springs Rd., Glen Ellen

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, 10:00am to 5:00pm

This special workshop invites Sonoma Valley residents to spend the day along our beautiful Sonoma Creek, learning and connecting with others to create a more resilient community. Hear from local experts about the issues, and be inspired by the solutions! Learn about watershed health, fire ecology, water wise gardening, graywater systems, creating pollinator habitat, and emergency preparedness. Participants also enjoy free admission for the day at Morton’s! (Swim time included during lunch break and after the workshop concludes).

Presenters include Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma County Water Agency, Daily Acts, Sonoma State University ecologist Kandis Gilmore (specializing in native pollinators), and local Fire Department representatives.

By the end of this workshop, participants have the opportunity to sign on as official Sonoma Ecology Center NeWTs Leaders, including:

  • Access to three individual consultations with SEC staff to support you in taking on actions
  • An invitation to our follow-up showcase and celebration in August
  • A reusable shopping bag full of locally-relevant resources

Participation in this workshop is FREE! However, donations are graciously accepted. Event includes workshop plus admission to Morton’s geothermal pools ($42 value). Consider contributing to Sonoma Ecology Center, and to Morton’s Warm Springs’ “Restore the Springs Initiative” – to support their restoration and outreach efforts on their stretch of Sonoma Creek.

Feel free to bring a snack to share, and invite your friends and neighbors!

Reserve your space today!

Questions? contact Holland:, 707-996-0712 x108

How NeWTs Works:

Sonoma Ecology Center will train local leaders to bring together fellow community members, to learn and take actions. We support our NeWTs leaders as they take on activities with their friends and neighbors such as installing low-flow faucets, adding a rain barrel to your garden, replacing lawn with native plants, and reducing sources of pollution in your home and yard. Participation in NeWTs is FREE! All participants receive locally relevant resources, water-saving tools, rebates and coupons.

By taking action through NeWTs, we will:

  • Protect our community from the symptoms of drought
  • Protect important wildlife habitat for many species
  • Reduce potential flood damages
  • Reduce pollution in our creeks, the San Pablo Bay, and beyond
  • Create fire-smart landscapes and neighborhoods
  • Get to know each other better, strengthening our community


Thanks to our NeWTs funders and donors!

  • US EPA
  • Permit Sonoma
  • Sonoma Water
  • The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment