The landscape of our community has changed. Now is the time to harness our strength and spirit, together. We will be with you every step of the way, to rebuild a community that is more resilient, healthy and thriving.


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


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


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


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


In recognition of the profound events of one year ago, when wildfire swept through the North Bay and burned more than 28 percent of Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Ecology Center presents a documentary film screening, Fire Recovery Walks, and more.

Fire Anniversary Remembrance & Events  ///  Fire Recovery Tips & Info  ///  Donate

Upcoming Events

Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work. Tasks includes bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying and hiking. Bring gloves, hat, and water that you can take with you while working.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

Harvest Market @ Sonoma Garden Park @ Sonoma Garden Park
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Here’s a sample of what is available at Harvest Market’s, every Saturday from 9AM-12PM. All produce is grown at Sonoma Garden Park by our wonderful staff and volunteers.

olive oil
yellow squash
curly and dino kale
bok choy
swiss chard
stir-fry mix
herb bundles
(oregano, rosemary, lemon verbena, spearmint, chocolate mint, lemon balm, borage, chives)
lavender sachets
Communi-Tea herbal tea blends


Apple Cider Pressing @ Sonoma Garden Park
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Apple Cider Pressing @ Sonoma Garden Park

Join Todd Evans at Sonoma Garden Park as we host another apple cider pressing event on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The last one was great, and there are still plenty of apples to press! This is a fun and easy activity for children and adults (older children can wash the apples, chop them, and do some muscle work when needed, while adults can help with the pressing).

Want to take some cider home? Bring quart jars or a half-gallon jug to the Garden Park and fill them up during this event! People with their own apples are welcome to sort out the good ones and bring them as well.


Fire Recovery Walk at Sonoma Developmental Center @ Sonoma Developmental Center
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Sonoma Ecology Center staff to revisit the beautiful and fascinating lands on Sonoma Developmental Center, which burned in last years wildfires. We will observe the regrowth of oak woodland plants and learn how to interpret fire-affected landscapes. We will discuss: How have these wild places responded? What are the effects of fire on our local ecosystems? What have we learned about how to live with fire, one year later?

Sunday, September 30, 10am-12pm

Participants will meet at Sonoma Ecology Center’s office in the Sonoma Developmental Center near Glen Ellen. Directions will be provided upon registration.

We will be walking approximately 2 miles over mostly flat terrain on a trail, however there a few short but steep inclines with loose rock and one fallen tree to step over. Please wear sturdy footwear, and bring trekking poles if you typically use them.

Please watch our events calendar as we will host more walks in various locations throughout Sonoma Valley! https://www.sonomaecologycenter.org/events/.

This series is supported by the 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/.

Honoring Loss & Resilience: Restoring Wellness @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you missing beloved trees?

Honoring Loss & Resilience: Restoring Wellness

Come experience the “Magic” that happens when we slow the Body/Mind and open our Senses in the World of Nature.

Potential Health Benefits:

  • Reduces stress & anxiety
  • Boosts immune health
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Elevates & stabilizes mood

These Walks are inspired by the Japanese practice called Shinrin Yoku which translates to “forest bathing”. Scientific research has shown that coming into this fuller, deeper immersion with Nature is powerful medicine.

The trauma of sudden, unexpected loss can be overwhelming. Experience how being in Nature, using these practices, has the potential to connect us to our Resilience as well as honor our Losses.

When: Thurs, Sept. 6th, Oct. 4th & Nov. 1st, 2018 (weather permitting)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Investment: Free to those impacted by our Fires, or by donation

Walks led by Susan Karle, LMFT, Certified Forest Therapy Guide. Susan combines her expertise in grief and trauma with her passion for partnering with Nature to provide optimal Health and Resilience.

To register: http://recamft.org Limited spaces, reserve soon. For more info contact Susan at 707-938-3345, susanklmft@gmail.com


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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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