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...

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...

10 Ways SEC Makes a Difference

Earth Day, April 22, is Sonoma Ecology Center’s de facto birthday. And every spring, as the next Earth Day nears, we always get to thinking about the many ways SEC has improved the wellbeing of our Valley and its residents – and how, with your support, we’ll continue...

Doctor’s Orders: Get Outside to Sugarloaf

The Japanese call it shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” Now, medical professionals are calling it medicine. A simple walk in nature shows measurable health benefits, doctors say – so much so that a new nationwide initiative called “ParkRx for Health” has them...

VIDEO: Sonoma Creek Falls Is Raging

Thanks to the recent rains, Sonoma Creek Falls is currently putting on quite a show (see video below). This beautiful cascade in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, at the headwaters of Sonoma Creek, is easy to reach and always rushing after winter rains. To get there, take...

Fostering calm, and First Aid skills, in the backcountry

Bobbie Foster’s first and most important message is: stay calm. Foster, a first aid instructor specializing in teaching people how to handle a wilderness emergency, begins every class with that message, as she did Monday morning at the start of a 16-hour...