HELP US REBUILD SONOMA VALLEY
Sonoma Ecology Center is committed to working with the community to make Sonoma Valley more thriving and sustainable than ever before. Anyone looking for useful information on ways to help is invited to click on the links below.
Volunteer to help keep toxic ash out of our streams through SEC’s
Emergency Watershed Protection Program
Need some extra time to finish up cooking for the big day? Or just get the kids out of the house over Thanksgiving break? We’ve got you covered at SEC’s upcoming Day Camp, held at Jack London State Historic Park (JLSHP) this year (as Sugarloaf is closed due to the wildfires)! Join the Sonoma Ecology Center education staff for a day of fun, learning and outdoor activity. Based on our summer Creek Camp, we plan on having a nature hike and learning about the creatures of the park. We will end the day with s’mores and hot chocolate.
“Basecamp” at JLSHP will be the museum. This is where drop-off and pick-up will be. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $35, or $25 for Sonoma Ecology Center members, Sugarloaf Park / JLSHP pass holders or for a second child from the same family. For ages 7 to 12.
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. Led by certified ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) practitioners.
Shinrin yoku translates as “forest bathing” or Forest Therapy, (an immersion in the beneficial influences of nature), and is a practice that originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States as well as internationally for it’s documented Health benefits. This practice takes “a walk in the woods” to another level. A very centering and calming restorative practice, promoting balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Recent articles have been written up in Oprah, Time Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications.
Check the links below for more information about the practice and in specific it’s restorative support for emotional calm, meditation, balance, blood pressure, cardio, cholesterol, sleep/anxiety, and stress reduction.
This walk will be held at Jack London State Historic Park (as Sugarloaf Ridge remains closed after the fires).
“I was learning to slow down and use all my senses to take in nature. After the walk, I noticed a feeling of peace and well-being.”
“What stands out the most is the shortness of the walk and the magnitude of its benefits “
“The attunement and being with nature was powerful and healing”
“My headache went away. Everything was perfect, and the tea was so subtle and amazingly nurturing”
For tickets or more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2914032
This is a part of our “prescriptive series”, partnering with Kaiser, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Sutter Health and Sonoma Valley Hospital, to enhance the relationship between the health practitioners and the ParksRX special series. Bringing in a prescription from your healthcare professional waves the fee for the walks in ParksRX series.
Sonoma Ecology Center is hosting this community forum to help Sonoma Valley residents learn the status of our lands following the fires, what we’re doing in response to the fires, and what we all can do to help with the recovery. The event will feature presentations and a Q&A period. Child care will be provided.
“Healing with the Land” is Monday, Nov. 27, 7:30-9 p.m. in First Congregational Church of Sonoma’s Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma. (Many thanks to First Congregational for hosting!) RSVPs are preferred, though not required, by going to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3181065.
Please join us for food, drinks and the opportunity to help Sugarloaf Ridge State Park recover and reopen!
As those who have seen our maps know, more than three-quarters of Sugarloaf burned in the North Bay wildfires – and that means trails, campsites and some other man-made structures must be rebuilt.
To do that we could use the help of Sugarloaf’s many fans and supporters. Join us Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person.
Details are still in the works! Please check back for more information.
Sonoma Valley Fire Map
Our GIS team created a fire map that illustrates the 28.5% of Sonoma Valley that burned
Click on the image for an interactive map of Sonoma Valley
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