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Sonoma Ecology Center Makes a Difference in Our Community.
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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.



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

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

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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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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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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.


Fire Recovery Tips & Info  ///  Volunteer  ///  Donate


Volunteer to help keep toxic ash out of our streams through SEC’s
Emergency Watershed Protection Program

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Day
Nov 23 all-day
ParkRx – Forest Therapy @ Jack London State Historic Park
Nov 25 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Thanks to Jack London State Historic Park for graciously hosting this event (as Sugarloaf remains closed after the wildfires).

Sugarloaf has been hosting a series of Forest Therapy (also referred to as “forest bathing”) Walks as part of our ParksRX program. This Saturday will be the last walk in that series for 2017, and we will be adding in a very special piece in response to the recent fires, and the impact to the land, and the Sonoma Valley ecology.

An opportunity to recognize our deep connection with the wild lands around us, and express our heartfelt appreciation. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is still closed at this time due to the fires, and this walk will be held at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen, (just 10 minutes off of Hwy. 12)

For further information about this walk, directions and the “Forest Bathing” practice, go to: https://www.sonomaecologycenter.org/event/parkrx-forest-therapy/

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This walk will be led by Karen Sapper ANFT Certified Guide, and Mary Good CA Naturalist

Jack London Park is in it’s full glory of autumn color, come join us for this beautiful way to express our gratitude this Thanksgiving weekend. We will meet at the picnic tables just up from the upper parking area.

Healing with the Land Community Forum @ Burlingame Hall, First Congregational Church of Sonoma
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Sonoma Ecology Center is hosting this community forum to help Sonoma Valley residents learn the status of our lands following the fires, what we’re doing in response to the fires, and what we all can do to help with the recovery. The event will feature presentations and a Q&A period. Child care will be provided.

“Healing with the Land” is Monday, Nov. 27, 7:30-9 p.m. in First Congregational Church of Sonoma’s Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma. (Many thanks to First Congregational for hosting!) RSVPs are preferred, though not required, by going to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3181065.

Sugarloaf Rising! – A Gathering of Friends @ Landmark Winery
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us for food, drinks and the opportunity to help Sugarloaf Ridge State Park recover and reopen!

As those who have seen our maps know, more than three-quarters of Sugarloaf burned in the North Bay wildfires – and that means trails, campsites and some other man-made structures must be rebuilt.

To rebuild we could use the help of Sugarloaf’s many fans and supporters. Join us Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 per person. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3185426


Christmas Eve
Dec 24 all-day


Visit our partner websites – Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma Garden Park and Sustainable Sonoma

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Our GIS team created a fire map that illustrates the 28.5% of Sonoma Valley that burned

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