VIDEO: The Sugarloaf Bears Are Back

Our motion-activated cameras caught this beautiful black bear nosing its way around Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, not far from the Red Barn, in mid-July. This is the first bear seen in the park since the October 2017 wildfires, which burned more than 28 percent of...

A Summer to Remember at Sugarloaf

July is a time for hiking, camping and enjoying the great outdoors – all things that Sugarloaf Ridge State Park was made for. On July 4, park leaders put the summer season into full gear with our Fourth of July Fireworks Hike, a perennial favorite for locals of all...

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...

Sign Up Now for Summer (and Spring) Camps

Sonoma Ecology Center educators are proud to announce our upcoming Summer Science Camps, replete with the outdoor adventure, scientific enrichment and fun themes that Sonoma Valley families have come to expect. This summer, in addition to the backpacking camps, creek...

A Message on the Fires

Dear Sonoma Valley Friends and Neighbors: It’s been a frustrating, heartbreaking, terrifying week – possibly the worst few days for Sonoma Valley in living memory. And yet, we’ve never been so full of respect and hope for this place and its amazing people. Since the...

Exploring Nature Together

As summer marches along, so do we – leading a group of engaged youngsters through the wilderness of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park as part of our Introductory Backpacking Camp. That’s just one of several educational camps we’ve provided this summer, both at Sugarloaf and...