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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

Team Sugarloaf / Jack London Park Partners Joint Community Meeting @ Sonoma Community Center
Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 12:00 – 1:30 PM at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma.

California State Parks, Jack London Park Partners and Team Sugarloaf welcome and encourage the general public to attend an annual meeting to discuss the operating agreement for Jack London Park Partners and Team Sugarloaf. There will be a review of highlights of the accomplishments and challenges of park operations over the last year.

Closure of Jack London State Historic Park in 2011 was avoided via an operating agreement authorized by AB 42, in which non-profit organizations stepped in to keep the treasured State Park lands and facilities in Sonoma, Mendocino and Marin County open to visitors. The annual public meeting is a required component of the operating agreement, as specified in the authorizing legislation.

Please direct park-specific questions to the appropriate contact below:

Tjiska Van Wyk, Executive Director, Jack London Park Partners
tvanwyk@jacklondonpark.com 707-938-3689

John Roney, Park Manager, Team Sugarloaf
john@sonomaecologycenter.org 707-833-5712

Vince Anibale, District Superintendent, California State Parks
vince.anibale@parks.ca.gov 707-937-9177


Christmas Eve
Dec 24 all-day
Christmas Day
Dec 25 all-day
New Year’s Eve
Dec 31 all-day
New Year’s Day
Jan 1 all-day


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

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Sonoma Garden ParkSustainable Sonoma

Sonoma Valley Fire Map

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

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See Our ‘Healing with the Land’ Slideshow

See Our ‘Healing with the Land’ Slideshow

Many have asked to see a copy of the slideshow presented by Sonoma Ecology Center staff during our "Healing with the Land" community forum held last Monday, Nov. 27 at Burlingame Hall. HERE IT IS, in pdf format. The forum was a great success, with several dozen...

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SEC Maps Help Residents Get Their Bearings

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Post-Fire Tips for Sonoma Valley Residents

Post-Fire Tips for Sonoma Valley Residents

UPDATE: For more complete tips and information, please see our new Sonoma Valley Fire Recovery page.   Wildfires swept through more than a quarter of Sonoma Valley in October 2017. Many returning residents want to expedite the healing of their land but aren’t...

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A Message on the Fires

A Message on the Fires

Dear Sonoma Valley Friends and Neighbors: It’s been a frustrating, heartbreaking, terrifying week – possibly the worst few days for Sonoma Valley in living memory. And yet, we’ve never been so full of respect and hope for this place and its amazing people. Since the...

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