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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 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.

 

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Upcoming Events

Jan
20
Sat
Fire Recovery Walk at SDC @ Sonoma Developmental Center
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fire Recovery Walk at SDC @ Sonoma Developmental Center | Eldridge | California | United States

Join Sonoma Ecology Center staff in watching the land rebound on Sonoma Developmental Center property, part of which burned in the October wildfires. We will be looking for special “fire follower” wildflowers, assessing burned trees, learning how to interpret fire-affected landscapes, and discussing questions such as: Why did this happen? What does it mean? How do we prepare for it happening again?

This is a moderate walk with some brushy areas. Please bring appropriate clothing including long pants and sturdy footwear, a hat or sunscreen, and plenty of water. The outing will be postponed in the instance of heavy rain.

Sonoma Ecology Center’s Fire Recovery Walk series is free of charge, though spaces may fill up quickly. To register go to https://firerecoverywalkseries.brownpapertickets.com. Participants will meet at Sonoma Ecology Center’s office in the Sonoma Developmental Center near Glen Ellen. Directions will be provided upon registration.

The series is partially paid for by our Sonoma Valley Ecological Fire Relief Fund. Donations to this fund – dedicated to fire education, active response and prevention – are gratefully accepted! To donate go to https://www.sonomaecologycenter.org/sonoma-valley-fires-fund/.

 

Jan
21
Sun
Fire Recovery Walk at SDC @ Sonoma Developmental Center
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fire Recovery Walk at SDC @ Sonoma Developmental Center

Join Sonoma Ecology Center staff in watching the land rebound on Sonoma Developmental Center property, part of which burned in the October wildfires. We will be looking for special “fire follower” wildflowers, assessing burned trees, learning how to interpret fire-affected landscapes, and discussing questions such as: Why did this happen? What does it mean? How do we prepare for it happening again?

This is a moderate walk with some brushy areas. Please bring appropriate clothing including long pants and sturdy footwear, a hat or sunscreen, and plenty of water. The outing will be postponed in the instance of heavy rain.

Sonoma Ecology Center’s Fire Recovery Walk series is free of charge, though spaces may fill up quickly. To register go to https://firerecoverywalkseries.brownpapertickets.com. Participants will meet at Sonoma Ecology Center’s office in the Sonoma Developmental Center near Glen Ellen. Directions will be provided upon registration.

The series is partially paid for by our Sonoma Valley Ecological Fire Relief Fund. Donations to this fund – dedicated to fire education, active response and prevention – are gratefully accepted! To donate go to https://www.sonomaecologycenter.org/sonoma-valley-fires-fund/.

 

Jan
27
Sat
The Art and Science of Winter Tree Pruning @ Sonoma Garden Park
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Local certified sustainable landscaper, Katy Thomas, will be sharing her wealth of knowledge and expertise in this winter pruning workshop at Sonoma Garden Park.

When it comes to keeping fruit trees healthy and strong, proper pruning is key. This workshop will provide a perfect opportunity for new and seasoned gardeners to expand their pruning knowledge while getting hands-on training at the lovely Sonoma Garden Park.

Katy Thomas grew up in Sonoma County and she has a passion for promoting sustainable practices in our farms and gardens. She runs a small sustainable landscaping business and has over ten years of experience maintaining orchards, vegetable and habitat gardens, and ornamental landscapes using sustainable techniques. Katy studied organic farming in Italy and at the Santa Rosa Junior college where she earned her Associates of Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture. Katy is also a wonderful teacher and we are so lucky to have her share her knowledge on this topic with workshop participants.

The Art of Winter Tree Pruning workshop is Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7th St. E., Sonoma. This popular workshop has been known to fill up quickly! Tickets are free for volunteers, $10 for Sonoma Ecology Center members or $15 for non-members, and can be purchased at link https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3215608.

Sonoma Garden Park is a 6.1 acre public park, working farm, model of sustainable agriculture, and an educational resource. The land was donated to the City of Sonoma in the 1970’s by Pauline Bond, a retired school teacher and avid gardener. The Sonoma Ecology Center developed and has been maintaining the Garden Park since 1993.

Rain will cancel. Pruning in the rain is unhealthy for trees (spreads disease, etc.).

For more information contact Garden Park coordinator Sorrel Allen at 707-996-0712 ext. 107 or at sorrel@sonomaecologycenter.org.

 

Feb
3
Sat
Trail Crew: Sonoma County Trails Council @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sonoma County Trails Council volunteer trail work day at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. From 9am to about 1pm. We will provide parking passes, tools and Clif bars with beverages and snacks afterwards.

Bring gloves, a hat and water that you can take with you while working, and wear long pants, boots or hiking shoes and sunscreen. No experience necessary – we have tools and trained crew leaders with tasks for all strengths and sizes of volunteers.

In order to make sure we have enough tools and after-work beverages reply to trailscouncil@sonic.net if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Feb
4
Sun
Fire Ecology Walk at Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Join naturalist, Carolyn Greene, 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. No charge for the hike, but parking fees apply.

RSVP requiredhttps://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3236661

 

 

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