When the state threatened to close Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, a 4,000-acre state park and local treasure, Sonoma Ecology Center pulled together a team of skilled nonprofits to create Team Sugarloaf, which reopened the park in 2012 and assumed responsibility for this local landmark.
Today Team Sugarloaf, with Sonoma Ecology Center as the lead nonprofit, operates Sugarloaf on behalf of California State Parks, working with this state agency and the local community to make sure Sugarloaf remains accessible and enjoyable to all visitors. We also use the park for our regular docent-led hikes and for our science-based education program, which includes grade-school field trips throughout the year, California Naturalist classes, and much more.
Thanks to Team Sugarloaf, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park remains open to the public, an ideal setting for science education, and a haven for native plants and wildlife including wildflowers, salmon and black bears. It’s also the watershed for Sonoma Creek — and its 360-degree vistas from Bald Mountain and other peaks make Sugarloaf truly “the gateway to the stars.”