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Sonoma Ecology Center Makes a Difference in Our Community.
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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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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

Aug
21
Mon
The Great American Eclipse Viewing Event at RFO @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Aug 21 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Great American Eclipse Viewing Event at RFO @ Robert Ferguson Observatory | Kenwood | California | United States

Come see The Great American Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21 between 8 a.m and noon at Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State park. The observatory will be using its solar telescope and offering eclipse glasses as 80 percent of the sun becomes obscured (from our latitude).

RFO also notes that people unable to make it up the mountain to Sugarloaf can visit RFO astronomers at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa, or watch the eclipse live from Courthouse Square via the RFO Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/RFOastronomy. The event will also be broadcast live on KSRO, 530 AM and 105.3 FM.

Aug
24
Thu
Trail Clearing & Construction Day @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help us keep our trails clear of brush and free of mud and rocks and assiste with construction and maintenance projects such as painting and building repair.  Meet at the White Barn at 9:00.   Tools provided, no experience needed.  And lunch included!
Volunteers like you make the difference at Sugarloaf.
To RSVP and if you have questions email john@sonomaecologycenter.org

Aug
26
Sat
Harvest Market @ Sonoma Garden Park
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us on Saturdays for our seasonal Harvest Market! Veggies and fruits come straight from our garden, and we also have amazing eggs, local olive oil, lavender and beautiful bouquets of flowers. Do your shopping and then enjoy a stroll around the Park!

ParkRx – Hiking for Fitness Series @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 26 @ 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. Before the first hike, the leader will discuss proper shoes, hydration, incorporating hiking poles, proper pacing, etc. 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 Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The Hiking series costs $80 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/
 
1) Aug 5: White Barn to Uranus Sugarloaf. 2.2 Miles, 80 ft elevation
2) Aug 12: Meadow Hillside Loop. 3 miles, 250 elevation
3) Aug 19: Stern/Stern Ranch/Pony/Canyon. 3 miles, 500 elevation
4) Aug 26: Vista Trail Loop. 4.5 miles. 700 ft elevation.
5) Sept 2: Neptune Picnic Table. 5 miles. 850 ft elevation.
6) Sept 9: Goodspeed to Bench. 4.2 miles, 1000 ft. elevation.
7) Sept 16: Grey Pine/Red Mt. 5.3 miles. 1200 ft elevation.
8) Sept 23: Climb to Bald Mt. 6.2 Miles 1500 ft. elevation.
ParkRx – Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 26 @ 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.

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.

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.

“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.”

For tickets or more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2914032

ParkRX-sonomacounty.org

www.shinrin-yoku.org

www.natureandforesttherapy.org

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