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.
-Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.
Join Sonoma Ecology Center naturalists at Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve for one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in all of Sonoma County. Experience a pristine spring grassland with numerous species in full bloom.
The 162-acre property in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain is protected by a conservation easement made possible by your Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the California Wildlife Conservation Board. The property is managed under a partnership with the landowner and Sonoma Ecology Center, to protect the Preserves unique plants, thriving streams, and wildlife habitat.
This outing is a beginning-level walk over gently sloped land. Most of the walk is through grassland, generally not on trails, so the footing can be uneven. The walk crosses a few small creek channels, which sometimes have shallow water with stepping stones.
There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the Sonoma Ag and Open Space District’s work with a quarter-cent sales tax.
Please note that these popular walks fill to capacity on a first-come, first-served basis every year, so early registration is encouraged! Walks will go on in light rain, but heavy rains will cancel the walk.
REGISTER TODAY! Visit Brown Paper Tickets: http://vhwildflowerwalks2017.brownpapertickets.com/
Directions and day-of-contact information will be emailed upon registration. For additional information or questions about the outing, please contact Holland Gistelli at (707) 996-0712 ext. 108, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for a fun introductory backpacking experience at a relaxed pace. The official start time is 10 am on Saturday, May 6. We’ll follow a moderately hilly trail 2 mile hike with pack (4-5 miles round trip). We’ll camp at a backcountry campsite on Saturday night and return to the parking lot on Sunday mid-day. You will receive more information about equipment, food and directions after you register. All participants must complete a screening form before registration is complete. This form will be sent to you after your initial registration. See more information at http://ingasadventures.com/backpacking-class/
Purchase tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2866144
Please Join us for an 8-week Hiking for Fitness Program. The program leaders will guide you on a series of weekly hikes with the challenge increasing each week. The group’s final hike will be to the top of Bald Mountain where hikers can enjoy the stunning 360 vistas. Hikes will start at 9 am at either Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or Annadell State Park. The Hiking series costs $80 plus parking or free for hikers with a ParkRx from their Sonoma County Medical Provider. For more information on Park Rx please visit https://parkrx-sonomacounty.org/
1) May 7: White Barn to Uranus Sugarloaf. 2.2 Miles, 80 ft elevation
2) May 14: Meadow Hillside Loop. 3 miles, 250 elevation
3) May 21: Stern/Stern Ranch/Pony/Canyon. 3 miles, 500 elevation
4) May 28: Vista Trail Loop. 4.5 miles. 700 ft elevation.
5) June 4: Neptune Picnic Table. 5 miles. 850 ft elevation.
6) June 11: Goodspeed to Bench. 4.2 miles, 1000 ft. elevation.
7) June 18: Grey Pine/Red Mt.. 5.3 miles. 1200 ft elevation.
8) June 25: Climb to Bald Mt. 6.2 Miles 1500 ft. elevation.
All hikes will Start at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Meet at the white Barn Area. Purchase Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2913956
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The Ecology Blog: What’s Happening in Sonoma Valley
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Sonoma Ecology Center is deeply saddened by the loss of Brandon Barmore, a Sonoma Valley High School student who died tragically on March 26 in Nicaragua. We extend our sincerest sympathies to the Barmore family. Among his many talents, Brandon was an aspiring...read more