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Sonoma Ecology Center Makes a Difference in Our Community.
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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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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

Sugarloaf Introductory Backpacking Camp: Session 2 @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day

Session 2 of our Introductory Backpacking Adventure, by popular demand! Registration details coming soon!!

Introductory Backpacking Adventure is a great introduction to backpacking for campers ages 10-14. This 3-day, 2-night camp is based at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

Our goals include providing an unforgettable experience exploring some of the more difficult trails of the park during the day, camping under the stars at night and enjoying the peace and quiet. Throughout camp, participants will be guided along trails where our experienced leaders have extensive knowledge of flora and fauna, as well as camping tips and trail safety. Every day we will be on the trail for 3-4 hours, taking our time, enjoying the views, exploring streams, and ensuring that participants are calm and comfortable in the outdoors.  We will strive to foster an appreciation for the wilderness, nature, and our local watershed.

Campers will participate in setting goals, building self-confidence, and engaging in group activities. Participants will also learn basic backpacking skills, wilderness ethics, and follow the Leave No Trace principles. This camp encourages long lasting memories, appreciation for the outdoors, and a better awareness of ourselves and the world around us.

Trail Clearing & Construction Day @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 29 @ 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

Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek,   On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek.   The hike starts at the visitors center.  No fee, but parking charges apply.   

Independence Day
Jul 4 all-day
Fourth of July Fireworks Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 4 @ 6:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Join “Bill & Dave Hikes” and Team Sugarloaf for your chance to climb the tallest mountain in Sonoma Valley– Bald Mountain– a spectacular vantage point to view as many as 18 different fireworks displays!
Upon arrival at the top, you’ll enjoy a mountaintop reception. We’ll be serving hearty snacks and sweets, lemonade and water. Feel free to pack a picnic or a bottle of wine.
Kick back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful sights of fireworks displays that span the Bay Area– from Windsor in the north, Berkeley and Oakland in the east, San Francisco to the south, with possible views into the south bay.
This special July 4th fundraiser/hike is by reservation only.
Space is limited to 80 guests. Event is expected to sell out. Reserve your space now!
Price per ticket is $50, and 100% of proceeds support Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.
Kids 12-17 are $10. Not recommended for children under 12.
Hike is approximately 6.5 miles round trip. Expect approx. 1.5 hours hiking time each way.
Please arrive at the group camp site (near the Observatory) with your reservation confirmation NO LATER THAN 6:45 PM. Hike begins promptly at 7 pm in order to assure our arrival at the top before dark.
* Drinking water for the hike up. We’ll have plenty to drink at the top
* Headlamp or flashlight
* Binoculars, optional
* Blanket
* Cloth napkin to reduce waste and help keep our park clean
WHAT TO WEAR:  Proper attire with sturdy hiking or trail shoes and layered clothing is a must. It will be cool and windy at the top. Please be prepared with an extra layer.
We will return to the parking lot at approximately 11pm.

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