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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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Beautiful. Sustainable. Sonoma.

Since 1990, we’ve worked to increase appreciation and stewardship of Sonoma Valley’s natural heritage and create measurable benefits in areas of land, water, climate change and biodiversity.

Upcoming Events

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Parks Rx – Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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.   June 24th: Karen Sapper

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,

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.

Come experience what all the interest is about. Sugarloaf State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its Parks RX program. The last Saturday of each month 9:30 to 12:30 May through November.  Click here to register for the upcoming Saturday, June 24 walk.

www.sugarloafpark.org/events

(click on 6/24, then click on the ticket icon for registration)

Links for more information:

Parks Rx – Forest Therapy (various articles)

ParkRX-sonomacounty.org

www.shinrin-yoku.org

www.natureandforesttherapy.org

Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek,   On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek.   The hike starts at the visitors center.  No fee, but parking charges apply.   

RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

-Solar Observing:  Time: 11AM – 3PM.  Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.  No Charge.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Jun 24 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 25 @ 12:00 am

-Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.RFO in the daytime

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ParkRx – Hiking for Fitness Series
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please Join us for an 8-week Hiking for Fitness Program. The program leaders will guide you on a series of weekly hikes with the challenge increasing each week. The group’s final hike will be to the top of Bald Mountain where hikers can enjoy the stunning 360 vistas. Hikes will start at 9 am at either Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or Annadell State Park. The Hiking series costs $80 plus parking or free for hikers with a ParkRx from their Sonoma County Medical Provider. For more information on Park Rx please visit https://parkrx-sonomacounty.org/

Hike Series: 

1) May 7: White Barn to Uranus Sugarloaf. 2.2 Miles, 80 ft elevation
2) May 14: Meadow Hillside Loop.  3 miles, 250 elevation
3) May 21: Stern/Stern Ranch/Pony/Canyon. 3 miles, 500 elevation
4) May 28: Vista Trail Loop.  4.5 miles. 700 ft elevation.
5) June 4: Neptune Picnic Table.  5 miles. 850 ft elevation.
6) June 11: Goodspeed to Bench.  4.2 miles, 1000 ft. elevation.
7) June 18:  Grey Pine/Red Mt.. 5.3 miles.  1200 ft elevation.
8) June 25:  Climb to Bald Mt.  6.2 Miles 1500 ft. elevation.

All hikes will Start at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.  Meet at the white Barn Area. Purchase Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2913956

 

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