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Sonoma Ecology Center Makes a Difference in Our Community.
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SONOMA VALLEY FIRES ECOLOGICAL RELIEF FUND

It may be months or years before we understand the full impact of the fires on our community. What we do now will help shape the outcome.

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RESEARCH

How is our Valley doing? We monitor, analyse, map, and report on broad measures of ecological health in Sonoma Valley.

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EDUCATION

We provide educational and outdoor programs for thousands of students in Sonoma Valley.

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PRESERVATION

We foster and maintain publicly accessible open spaces, including Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve and the Sonoma Overlook Trail.

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RESTORATION

Since 1993, we’ve worked side by side with landowners and volunteers on projects that restore, protect, and improve our natural heritage.

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HELP US BUILD A RESILIENT 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.

Fire Recovery Tips & Info  ///  Volunteer  ///  Donate

Volunteer to help keep toxic ash out of our streams through SEC’s
Emergency Watershed Protection Program

Upcoming Events

Feb
24
Sat
Trail Repair and Creek Protection @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join Team Sugarloaf / Sonoma Ecology Center and the Watershed Stewards Program to help prevent sediment from reaching native steelhead habitat along Sonoma Creek by repairing trails and roadways damaged by the North Bay Fires

  • Bring lunch & refillable water bottles
  • Water and light snacks will be provided
  • Tools and material will be provided
  • Dress in layers

We have trained crew leaders with tasks for all strengths and sizes of volunteers. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Location: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood CA 95452
Date: 02/24/2018 (Sat.)
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm PST
Location: Sugarloaf Ridge State, Kenwood CA
ContactElisabeth.Beckensten@waterboards.ca.gov or Sofia.Morales-Leon@waterboards.ca.gov
Registrationhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4aaca62ca3ff2-trail1

Volunteer Training: Trail Patrol @ Sonoma Developmental Center
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Volunteers are the life force of any Park. If you want to be part of our fabulous team, join us! This training is for Trail Patrol on horse, bike, or foot, Park and Trail Maintenance, and Hike leader. Jack London and Sugarloaf Ridge State Parks.

For information and to sign up, please contact
Susan St.Marie
sstmarie@jacklondonpark.com
707-938-4827

Meet at Oak Valley School Building Room J
Sonoma Developmental Center
Wilson Road, Eldridge (Glen Ellen), California

Directions
Take highway 12 to Arnold Drive; go to Sonoma Developmental Center at 15000 Arnold Drive.
Turn on Wilson Drive (right coming from Glen Ellen, left coming from Sonoma). The Oak Valley School Building is the long pink building on the right side of Wilson Street. There are two sets of double doors; enter through the set of doors to the right with the wooden Oak Valley School sign, walk down the steps and turn right to Room J. Parking is on Wilson Street opposite the building or anywhere on the street.

Fire Recovery Walk at Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join local naturalists and/or Sonoma Ecology Center staff to learn how to interpret fire landscapes at Sugarloaf that burned in the recent wildfires. Come see the land recover.

We will be assessing burned trees, learning how to interpret fire-affected landscapes, and watching for special “fire follower” wildflowers. Discussion questions include: Why did this happen? What does it mean? How do we prepare for it happening again?

We will be walking 2 miles up a continual incline, gaining 700 ft in elevation in one mile. We return down a rough, paved, continually descending road. Please wear sturdy footwear, and bring trekking poles if you typically use them.

No charge for the hike, but parking fees apply.

RSVP requiredhttps://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3236667

 

Feb
25
Sun
Fire Recovery Walk at Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join local naturalists and/or Sonoma Ecology Center staff to learn how to interpret fire landscapes at Sugarloaf that burned in the recent wildfires. Come see the land recover.

We will be assessing burned trees, learning how to interpret fire-affected landscapes, and watching for special “fire follower” wildflowers. Discussion questions include: Why did this happen? What does it mean? How do we prepare for it happening again?

We will be walking 2 miles up a continual incline, gaining 700 ft in elevation in one mile. We return down a rough, paved, continually descending road. Please wear sturdy footwear, and bring trekking poles if you typically use them.

No charge for the hike, but parking fees apply.

RSVP requiredhttps://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3236667

 

Mar
2
Fri
Fire Recovery Walk at Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Join park naturalists as we celebrate the re-opening of Sugarloaf and look for signs of flora and fauna recovery. We’ll discuss why the fires happen, what burned and what didn’t, how plants and animals adapt, and how to be prepared for future wildfires. We will walk 2-3 miles; please wear sturdy footwear and bring lunch to enjoy on the visitor center deck after the walk; rain cancels. Parking fees apply.

Tickets: $10; https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3333905

 

Visit our partner websites – Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma Garden Park and Sustainable Sonoma

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Sonoma Garden ParkSustainable Sonoma

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