A MESSAGE TO OUR COMMUNITY

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.

RESEARCH

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

EDUCATION

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

PRESERVATION

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

RESTORATION

Since 1993, we’ve worked side by side with landowners and volunteers on projects that restore, protect, and improve our natural heritage.
ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF WILDFIRE IN SONOMA VALLEY

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

Oct
20
Sat
Upper Sonoma Overlook Trail Reopens
Oct 20 all-day

The Sonoma Overlook Trail reopens to the public for hikes. Access via Toyon Trail from the Mountain Cemetery, or from Rattlesnake Cutoff from the Montini Preserve.

 

 

Oct
21
Sun
Sugar-Hood Shuttle: Sugarloaf / Pythian Rd (spring & fall) @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Want to do a through hike from Sugarloaf to Hood Mountain or vice versa?  Ride the Sugar-Hood Shuttle.

How it works
Every half hour our Shuttle will leave from either Sugarloaf Park or Hood Mountain Regional Park’s Pythian Road Parking Lot.  Make a reservation and then ride to the other end of the trail, or hike and ride back.   Riding first and hiking back to your car is the easiest way – no worries about how long you take to finish your adventure.

We recommend a reservation, but you can ride on a space available basis as well.

The hike should take 3.5 to 4.5 hours.

Map: https://www.sonomaecologycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Shuttle_Sugarloaf_HoodMtn_Map.pdf

The distance is about 7.4 miles with approximately 2300 foot vertical climb.

Suggested donation of $10. Register: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3364759

Oct
25
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Oct 25 @ 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

Oct
27
Sat
Harvest Market @ Sonoma Garden Park @ Sonoma Garden Park
Oct 27 @ 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.

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

Welcome!

SugarShuttle: N. Sonoma Mtn Park / Jack London Park Service (spring & fall) @ Jack London & N.Sonoma Mt. Parks
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Want to do a through hike from N. Sonoma to Jack London Park or vice versa?

Catch a ride on the SugarShuttle!

The SugarShuttle is heading to…
N. Sonoma Mountain Regional Park <—> Jack London State Historic Park

HOW IT WORKS
Every half hour our Shuttle will leave from either North Sonoma Mountain (on the hour) or Jack London State Park upper lot (on the half hour). Make a reservation, and then ride to the other end of the trail, or hike and ride back. Riding first and hiking back to your car is the easiest way—no worries about how long you take to finish your hike.

——–ON THE HOUR———
Pick-ups at North Sonoma Mountain Park.

——ON THE HALF-HOUR——
Pick-ups at Jack London State Historic Park.

We recommend a reservation, but you can ride on a space available basis as well.

This 9-mile one-way hike should take 4 to 5 hours. This is why we recommend dropping your car off at one end and riding the shuttle to the other so you’re not having to wait for the shuttle to return when you finish your strenuous hike. The hike includes nearly 2,000 feet of climbing, so bring sunscreen, snacks, and lots of water.
Map here. http://ridgetrail.outerspatial.com/applications/12/embed#14/38.3443/-122.5625

Suggested donation: $10 / rider.

Shuttle operated by Team Sugarloaf / Sonoma Ecology Center in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks and Jack  London Park Partners.

 

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

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Sonoma Garden ParkSustainable Sonoma

Project Story Map

Click on the image below for an interactive map showing our projects in Sonoma Valley.

Sign the SDC Petition

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.

Read our 2018 Impact Report

Click on the image for a pdf version.

 

Smarter Landscaping

Click on the image below for a pdf version of our brochure on fire smart, water wise and wildlife friendly landscaping.

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