SDC’s Future Is Sonoma Valley’s Future

It is no small thing to close a 135-year-old, 860-acre facility. The closure of Sonoma Developmental Center is a complex, multi-layered process with many stakeholders. Sonoma Ecology Center has taken a keen interest in this process. The majority of this land is...

Sonoma Overlook Trail Gets a Makeover

One of the Valley’s favorite hiking trails, Sonoma Overlook Trail, is currently getting some important work done to protect it from soil erosion and other hazards. The Overlook Trail is a collaborative project of Sonoma Ecology Center and the City of Sonoma and...

The Right Path for Sonoma Valley

As the grass turns brown and the days get warmer, some may be glancing nervously at the hills with a thought to last fall’s wildfires. The question asked many times since those fires, which burned nearly a quarter of a million acres including 28 percent of Sonoma...

Three Ways You Can Help Fight Invasive Weeds

Every spring, your local ecologists at Sonoma Ecology Center take on a persistent problem that threatens native species throughout Sonoma Valley and California: invasive weeds From French broom to yellow star-thistle, these non-natives displace California’s native...

Sustainable Sonoma Honored with $10K Impact100 Grant

One of Sonoma Ecology Center’s proudest achievements over the past few years is spearheading Sustainable Sonoma, which innovates the way local business and health organizations, nonprofits, labor groups, government agencies and other stakeholders work together in...

Spring Gleaming

Poppies are popping and lupines are leaping at the Nathanson Creek Preserve Flood Plain, located on East MacArthur Street near Broadway. This Sonoma Ecology Center project demonstrates how California cities can create multiple benefits along waterways, like terraces...