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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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
* Cloth napkin to reduce waste and help keep our park clean
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