Fire Walk Series Continues in Beauty

Burned areas are healing across the Valley, showing in colorful splendor the swift regeneration of our landscape – and giving us multiple opportunities to take the public on walkabouts that are both gorgeous and educational. Our ongoing Fire Recovery Walks will only...

MLK Day of Service Leads to a Better Sonoma Valley

Each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Sonoma Ecology Center organizes volunteer efforts in Sonoma Valley as part of the nationwide MLK Day of Service, held in honor of that great American who told us that “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve.” Part...

What’s Your Vision for Sonoma Garden Park?

Help determine the future of Sonoma Garden Park! Take part in the Master Plan Update: * Read the Plan * Leave Comments * Attend our Dec. 9 Community Workshop * Sonoma Garden Park was once the home of beloved local schoolteacher Pauline Bond, who granted it to the City...

Team Sugarloaf Turns 5!

Five years ago, California’s State Parks system was hurting financially, leading to a decision to close several of its parks including Annadel, Jack London and the 3,900-acre Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. But Sonoma Ecology Center came to the rescue, forming a group...

Today Is Our Favorite Day of the Year

It was the end of Earth Day, 1990, when a few local environmentalists gathered together to talk about the day and about Sonoma Valley’s future. This small group – Richard Dale among them – saw that our Valley could use some guidance in dealing with its environmental...

Changes in the Biochar Landscape

As word about biochar grows – thanks in large part to the efforts of our own Sonoma Biochar Initiative – coordination grows among biochar’s many advocates, who note how this super-charcoal can help California save water while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Last...