Calendar

Dec
4
Sat
Hike at Saddle Mountain Preserve with Open Space District
Dec 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meeting at Mario Carrillo High School to caravan

Join us for a guided hike at the beautiful 960-acre Saddle Mountain preserve above Rincon Valley, on the eastern boundary of Santa Rosa in the Mayacamas Mountain Range. The hike will be led by Ag + Open Space stewardship specialist Monica Delmartini and SEC education program manager, Tony Passantino. This hike is organized by Sonoma Ecology Center on Ag + Open Space owned land that was recently touched by the Glass Fire. Delmartini is the resident fire ecologist and will discuss land management in a post-fire setting including, wildfire ecology, forest resiliency and the benefits of fire on California landscapes.

This is a moderately strenuous hike of approximately 3-4 miles with substantial elevation gain on established trails/fire roads. Please bring water and lunch, and be prepared for that day’s weather. There is a shallow water crossing. The hike will go on in light rain, but heavy rain will cancel the outing. There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

For any other questions or concerns, Please contact Tony Passantino, by emailing tony@sonomaecologycenter.org

Senderos: Taller de cultivación de hongos @ Sonoma Garden Park
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Taller de cultivación de hongos
Sonoma Garden Park
Sábado 4 de diciembre, 10am-1pm

¡Venga a un taller de cultivación de hongos en Sonoma Garden Park! Aprenda métodos de cultivación fáciles y de bajo costo. Jonny Ehlers, Educador de Sonoma Ecology Center, nos enseñará cómo inocular, empaquetar, y cuidar nuestro substrato para obtener hongos comestibles del género Pleurotus. Este evento es bilingüe y gratuito pero le pedimos que por favor se registre ya que el espacio es limitado a 20. Trabajaremos al aire libre observando el distanciamiento social, así que vista ropa apropiada y traiga su cubrebocas. Las lluvias fuertes cancelan el evento. Seguiremos las medidas apropiadas en acuerdo con órdenes del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado. Si tiene preguntas, o busca más información, por favor comuníquese con Alma (alma@sonomaecologycenter.org).

Sonoma Garden Park fue protegido por Ag + Open Space en Noviembre del 2011 para uso recreativo y preservación de sus recursos naturales, e igualmente aula educativa ambiental para salidas escolares de escuelas primarias cercanas a través del programa “Growing Discovery” de Sonoma Ecology Center. La propiedad de 6 acres, escondida en el este de Sonoma, es un parque público increíble y sitio de jardín de trabajo en el Valle de Sonoma, con un amplio conjunto de hábitats junto a sistemas diseñados de manera sostenible para uso agrícola y paisajista.

Este evento es hecho posible por los electores del Condado de Sonoma, quienes financian el trabajo de Ag + Open Space con un impuesto de venta de un cuarto de centavo.

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English:
Mushroom Cultivation Workshop
Saturday, 12/4, 10am-1pm 

Come to Sonoma Garden Park for a bilingual mushroom cultivation workshop! We will learn about easy and inexpensive cultivation methods. Jonny Ehlers, Educator with Sonoma Ecology Center, will teach us how to inoculate, package, and care for the substrate to obtain edible Pleurotus mushrooms. This is a bilingual, free event planned around a primarily Spanish-speaking audience. Families from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. Registration is required as space is limited to 20. Parking fees apply; heavy rain cancels. We will follow the appropriate guidance from the County’s Public Health Department. For questions, contact alma@sonomaecologycenter.org

Sonoma Garden Park was protected by Ag + Open Space in November of 2011 for recreation and preservation of its natural resources, and learning classroom environment for agriculture field trips for nearby elementary schools through Sonoma Ecology Center’s “Growing Discovery” program . The 6-acre property, hidden in eastern Sonoma, is an incredible public park and working garden site in Sonoma Valley, containing a wide array of habitats alongside sustainably designed systems for both agriculture use and landscaping purposes.

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

Dec
7
Tue
Beyond Defensible Space: Vegetation Management Outside the 100 Foot Zone @ Online Event
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Safer West County wildland management December 2021 workshop announcement

Learn how to reduce your wildfire risk while increasing habitat health outside the defensible space zone.

This free two-hour workshop will allow plenty of time for questions, and will address:

• How to tailor treatments to chapparal, oak woodlands, and conifer ecosystems
• Fuel management practices for maintaining complexity and fostering biodiversity • Discussion of special considerations for sensitive species and waterways
• Treatment options including prescribed burning and mechanical thinning
• Biomass disposal options besides hauling or chipping

Featuring two highly respected local experts:
Michael I. Jones, PhD, is the University of California Cooperative Extension Forest Advisor for Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma Counties. He specializes in forest pest management and forest health. Currently, as a Forest Advi- sor, Jones is devoted to helping landowners sustain healthy forests that are resilient to insects, diseases, fire, and climate change.
Brock Dolman is a wildlife biologist and is nationally recognized as a restoration ecologist and renowned in- novator in watershed management and Permaculture design. Brock integrates wildlife biology and watershed ecology with education about regenerative & Just design as a Life Literacy Coach. Brock co-founded the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community & Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) where he acts as a co-director of OAEC’s Permaculture/Resilient Community Design Program, Wildlands Program and WATER Institute.

Dec
9
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work. Work includes bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying and hiking. Bring gloves, hat, and water that you can carry hands-free (i.e. bring a backpack). Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Poison oak is present, so long sleeves are suggested. We have tools and trained crew leaders with tasks for all. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will provide tools, and if allowed, lunch.

If you are a current Sugarloaf volunteer,  log in to Better Impact to sign up. Otherwise, start here to become a volunteer.

Dec
11
Sat
Hiking for Fitness– Maintenance Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Choose your own adventure! Part of our Hiking for Fitness program, these free, moderate-to-strenuous group hikes are geared to keep you motivated through the cold season. Parking fees apply. Maintenance Hikes are (usually) every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

11/13 – route A: Vista Trail Loop (clockwise): ~4.1 mi, 600ft elevation, meets @ main lot
route B: Crazy 8 Waterfall Loop + Vista Trail circuit: 6.5mi, 1400ft elevation, meets @ main lot
11/27 – route A: Goodspeed to Nattkemper bench: 4.2 mi, 1060 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
route B: Goodspeed to Gunsight Rock: 6.5 mi, 2080 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
12/11 – route A: Vista Loop (CCW): 3.6 mi, 700 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
route B: Vista to Bald Mountain Loop: 6 mi, 1520 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
12/18 –  Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650-ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
Dec
16
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work. Work includes bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying and hiking. Bring gloves, hat, and water that you can carry hands-free (i.e. bring a backpack). Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Poison oak is present, so long sleeves are suggested. We have tools and trained crew leaders with tasks for all. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will provide tools, and if allowed, lunch.

If you are a current Sugarloaf volunteer,  log in to Better Impact to sign up. Otherwise, start here to become a volunteer.

Dec
18
Sat
Hiking for Fitness– Maintenance Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Choose your own adventure! Part of our Hiking for Fitness program, these free, moderate-to-strenuous group hikes are geared to keep you motivated through the cold season. Parking fees apply. Maintenance Hikes are (usually) every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

11/13 – route A: Vista Trail Loop (clockwise): ~4.1 mi, 600ft elevation, meets @ main lot
route B: Crazy 8 Waterfall Loop + Vista Trail circuit: 6.5mi, 1400ft elevation, meets @ main lot
11/27 – route A: Goodspeed to Nattkemper bench: 4.2 mi, 1060 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
route B: Goodspeed to Gunsight Rock: 6.5 mi, 2080 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
12/11 – route A: Vista Loop (CCW): 3.6 mi, 700 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
route B: Vista to Bald Mountain Loop: 6 mi, 1520 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
12/18 –  Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650-ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
Wreath Making at Sonoma Garden Park Session A – English workshop @ Sonoma Garden Park
Dec 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Gather friends, let’s make a circle round on the winter solstice! We will make something beautiful from nature to decorate your home or give as a gift!
Sonoma Ecology Center hosts its wreath making workshop at Sonoma Garden Park Saturday, December 19th. Using all local greenery and forest findings, you will learn techniques to bundle and loop, creating original rings of glory. An ancient tradition, wreaths make the perfect winter welcome at an entrance, holiday centerpiece or wall decoration. Whether yours is a traditional evergreen wreath or a new year “hoop of hope”, its intention will shine through.

Led by Julia Megna, SEC’s Education Project Manager and owner of Hundred Acre Greenery and Alma Shaw, Senderos coordinator for Team Sugarloaf and Sonoma Ecology Center.

Sonoma Garden Park was protected by Ag + Open Space in November of 2011 for recreation and preservation of its natural resources, and learning classroom environment for agriculture field trips for nearby elementary schools through Sonoma Ecology Center’s “Growing Discovery” program . The 6-acre property, hidden in eastern Sonoma, is an incredible public park and working garden site in Sonoma Valley, containing a wide array of habitats alongside sustainably designed systems for both agriculture use and landscaping purposes.

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

Sugarloaf Nature Photography and Community Science Through iNaturalist @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Winter in Sugarloaf offers many different colors, shapes, textures, and lighting: great for practicing nature photography.
California Naturalist John Lynch leads this 3.5 mile, 3-hour hike from the Creekside Nature Trail to Hillside Trail and back through the meadow using our cameras as tools to engage in the aesthetic appreciation of nature while also documenting flora and fauna through iNaturalist.

If you haven’t used iNaturalist, or haven’t made an observation for a while, this is your chance – just make sure to load the iNaturalist app on your phone before you arrive and have your battery fully charged.

We will meet outside the Visitor Center. Heavy rain cancels, parking fees apply.

Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Enjoy your yoga experience in the beautiful setting of our park! Susan Topf’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of easy hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation, no mat necessary.
Please wear weather-appropriate clothing to feel comfortable being in a natural setting and bring water (as needed) and your mask.
Route varies on weather conditions and group interest that typically covers 2-3 miles of varied terrain.
Tickets are $30 and include parking if registered in advance online.
All levels and ages welcome. Meet at the Visitor’s Center unless otherwise noted in confirmation email prior to the hike. Limited to 12 participants.

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