Doug McConnell Turns Camera on Valley’s Post-Fire Landscape

We love Doug McConnell, and not just because he once visited us at Sonoma Garden Park. For decades McConnell has been the Bay Area’s tour guide, showing generations of viewers all the people and places – especially natural places – that make the Bay Area great. His...

SEC’s John Roney Honored by State for Heroism

We’re very proud to announce that John Roney, park manager at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and a Sonoma Ecology Center employee, was honored with a California State Senate resolution at the Capitol on May 7 by state senators Mike McGuire and Bill Dodd for his heroic...

Valley Forum: Toward a Sustainable Future

The warmth of spring is finally reaching out across Sonoma, bringing with it impossibly green fields and bursts of color as wildflowers show up in quantities we haven’t seen in years. It’s a stark counterpoint to the bleak landscapes of last winter after the fires, a...

Life After Fire

From the Bohemian. Every weekend since December, the Sonoma Ecology Center has been leading hikes into local wildlands to see how they are faring after the Tubbs and Nuns fires whipped through Sonoma Valley. READ...

How green was my Valley (in 2016)?

We’re very proud of this op-ed piece which ran last week in the Sonoma Index-Tribune. Sonoma Valley’s environmental accomplishments of 2016 weren’t small, and they demonstrate how patience and dedication can pay off. They also provide a positive...

Highway 12 tree project branches out

From the Sonoma Index-Tribune. Local teens are being transformed into modern-day Johnny Appleseeds as the Sonoma Ecology Center prepares to send out arboreal ambassadors to pave the way for new shade trees along the woefully tree-deficient Highway 12 corridor. The...