As 2018 began, Sonoma Valley faced a year of challenges — of rebuilding, rebirth and renewal. Now the year is drawing to a close, and we’re glad to take a moment and reflect on all that we’ve accomplished with the help of friends, neighbors, volunteers and donors. We’re also looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities of 2019 — including erosion, smarter and more resilient rebuilding and landscaping, and the future of SDC. With your support, we’ll get it done, and much more. Let’s move our community forward, together.
* THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO POOR AIR QUALITY *
Protected in 2002, the Keen property is one of Sonoma Valley’s more unique and picturesque conservation easements. It protects ancient lava flows that form walls and rooms, that in turn frame elegant displays of native plants and offer stunning portal views to the surrounding Mayacamas Mountains. Though the creeks are still dry, the fall colors are flowing throughout the property that contains the headwaters of Agua Caliente Creek. The October 2017 fires also heavily effected this property. We invite you to come see the land rebound, assessing burned trees and learning how to interpret fire-affected landscapes.
This outing is for experienced hikers only, with difficult to moderate hiking over uneven, steep terrain with no trail. We may pass through brushy areas, with possible exposure to ticks or poison oak. (Hikers will meet at the Sonoma Police Department building at 175 1st Street West, Sonoma.) Bring appropriate clothing including long pants and sturdy footwear, a hat or sunscreen, and plenty of water. There is no charge for this outing, as it is made possible by Sonoma County Ag + Open Space and the voters of Sonoma County who fund the districts work with a quarter cent sales tax.
REGISTER TODAY! Reservations are required online no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Limited spots are available for this rare opportunity to hike one of the gems of Sonoma Valley. This outing will fill fast!
Questions? Please contact Tony Passantino at email@example.com or (707) 996-0712, ext. 108.
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 Sugarloaf Ridge State Park with our upcoming Day Camp. Join the Sugarloaf 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. And we will end the day with s’mores and hot chocolate. The camp will be based out of the Visitors Center. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $40, or $20 for Sugarloaf members or for a second child from the same family. For ages 7 to 12.
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. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will provide tools, food and beverages. If you are a current State Parks volunteer, signup in vicnet. If you are an SEC volunteer, sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4aaca62ca3ff2-sugarloaf1
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Sign the SDC Petition
Sonoma Developmental Center is preparing for final closure after 127 years of operation. Please sign the petition urging Gov. Jerry Brown to protect this large swath of crucial open space located in the heart of Sonoma Valley.
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