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Jun
21
Mon
Creek Camp at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am – Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm

Join us for a week (or two!) of Creek camp exploration at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Traverse the headwaters of Sonoma Creek Watershed in this recreational and environmental education camp. Campers will spend the week as explorers, starting off the day with morning hikes on the park’s trails. As the day warms, we’ll stay close to water, exploring the creeks for insects and amphibians. Activities include investigating the properties of water, collecting and studying aquatic insects, learning about the wildlife and plants found in the park. Our camp days will also consist of plenty of games, hiking, and storytelling.

 

Creek Camp is run by Sonoma Ecology Center naturalist Jonny Ehlers. Jonny is a fourth-generation educator who began working with youth right out of high school in an after-school program in Sacramento. He later became an educator in West Sonoma County at a residential camp working with diverse populations and founded The Mycelium Project, an organization dedicated to helping kids and adults through hikes, and nature-based activities. 

 

*We look forward to joining together in person and engaging with youth once again, off-screen and in-nature. However, given the uncertainties of our public health guidelines, our camps will be continually evolving. We will abide but whatever our scientists and medical experts deem as safe for in-person meetings when the camps start this summer. At this time we are limiting the sign-ups for this camp to no more than 12 participants.

6/21 Creek Camp 8-12, 9-3pm

7/6  Creek Camp 8-12, 9-3pm 

7/19 Creek Camp 8-12, 9-3pm

7/26 Creek Camp 8-12, 9-3pm

Jun
24
Thu
Fin de semana en Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 24 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm

18-20 de junio, 25-27 de junio, 9-11 de julio, o 16-18 de julio.
¡Venga a disfrutar un fin de semana acampando en su parque! No es necesario tener experiencia acampando, ¡nosotros le enseñaremos! Este evento es gratuito y proveerá una oportunidad para familiarizarse con el equipo y fomentar las habilidades de acampar. Tendremos tiendas de campaña y extra equipo para los participantes que necesiten; los participantes serán responsables por sus comidas. El evento y estacionamiento son gratuitos pero por favor regístrese por adelantado, ya que el espacio es limitado a 5 familias de 6 miembros o 30 participantes. Seguiremos las medidas apropiadas en acuerdo con órdenes del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado.
Si tiene preguntas o busca más información, por favor contacte a Alma: alma@sonomaecologycenter.org

Este evento es respaldado por Route to Parks, una beca de Parks California.

Weekend at Sugarloaf
June 18-20, June 25-27, July 9-11 or July 16-18
Come experience a night of camping at your park! This is a beginning-camper friendly-experience. If you’ve never camped, or if it’s been some years, this opportunity will familiarize you with equipment and strengthen your camping skills. Gear will be provided for those who need it; you bring the food! This is a free event planned around a primarily Spanish speaking audience of up to 30. Families from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.
Email alma@sonomaecologycenter.org with your questions. We will observe applicable County Health orders.

Senderos Naturales is supported by Route to Parks, a grant of Parks California.

Full Moon Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Bring a flashlight and your sense of wonder as you explore the park after dark. This hike begins at the White Barn and heads up either to Bald Mountain or to the viewpoint on Vista Trail, where we will see the moon rise over the Mayacamas and the sun set over Sonoma Valley.

The Bald Mountain route is strenuous and will cover 6.5 miles with 1500 plus of vertical with some steep sections. The final route will be decided by the hike leader. It leaves the meeting parking lot at 6:30pm.

The Vista Trail route is a moderate to strenuous 4-mile hike with 700ft of elevation and begins at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for minors plus a parking fee. Be at the meeting location at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the hike for a prompt departure. Bring your mask, water, snacks, and extra layers for the evening. Parking fees and social distancing apply.

Jun
26
Sat
Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The practice of Forest Therapy has been shown to improve health and well-being.

Have you heard about Shinrin-yoku or Forest bathing? Here is an opportunity to take a walk and experience the practice for yourself. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress reducing qualities of this walking practice. Shinrin-yoku originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States for its documented health benefits.

This practice takes a walk in the woods to another level. A centering and calming restorative practice, it promotes balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Recent articles have been written up in Oprah, Time Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its ParkRx Program the 4th Saturday of each month. These walks are led by certified ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) practitioners. Visit natureandforesttherapy.org for more info about this practice.

Tickets are $20 or free with a 2021 ParkRx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider (click here for more info).

We will hold two walks on June 26th and July 24th: 9:30am-12:30pm and 2-5pm. Tickets are only valid for the time selected.

Harvest Market @ Sonoma Garden Park
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sonoma Garden Park’s Harvest Market is open now throughout the growing season on Saturday’s from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Fresh produce, eggs from free range chickens, honey and olive oil are for sale. Master Gardeners are on hand most Saturdays to answer gardening questions. Shopping at the market supports local, sustainable agriculture.

Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am


Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek. On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals, and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek. The hike starts at the Visitors Center. No fee, but parking charges apply. 

The hike is limited to 12 participants. Sign up at Visitor Center or RSVP to alma@sonomaecologycenter.org 

Reptiles in Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Come listen to amateur herpetologist Steve Nielsen give a presentation on snakes, followed by a light walk led by Citizen Scientists Rachel Freed and Galen. We’ll meet at the Robert Ferguson Observatory at 10 AM for the half-hour presentation and afterwards we’ll explore the surrounding areas for sightings. We recommend you bring water, sunblock, and a hat. We are limiting this event to 20 participants. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for minors. Parking fees apply.

Jun
28
Mon
Garden Wizards Camp @ Sonoma Garden Park
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – Jul 2 @ 3:00 pm

Sonoma Ecology Center’s Summer Wizarding Academy returns to Sonoma Garden Park! In 3 sessions, Ages 8-12 will follow PPP and mandated safe practices in the wide-open outdoors of the gardens and oak woodland glen. 

Kids will thrill while learning with Potions and Particles-using solar ovens, cooking, plant potions/teas (all individually created and consumed); Craft Creations with clay, beads, nature collage; Visual and Performing Arts- acting, costume and scene design, dueling; Games and Book Nook round-robin readings.

Wizarding Camp activities will vary and each includes plenty of time in the imaginary world of the Fig Forest and Red Tail Glen.

SEC educators Julia Megna and Jonny Ehlers collectively have many decades of teaching environmental studies and leading children and adults in nature. They are trained in safety protocols and facilitate positive interactions and communication between children. 

 

 *We look forward to joining together in person and engaging with youth once again, off-screen and in-nature. However, given the uncertainties of our public health guidelines, our camps will be continually evolving. We will abide but whatever our scientists and medical experts deem as safe for in-person meetings when the camps start this summer. At this time we are limiting the sign-ups for this camp to no more than 15 participants. 

 

 6/14 Serpentine Stone Camp

What are rocks made of? Serpentine, like other gemstones, are magic from deep in the earth, they are mineral flowers, blossomed in the dark. This week, campers will work as scientists with potions and particles, solar ovens, infusions, and more. (All individually created and consumed). We’ll explore how living soil creates nutrients for the garden by making compost and discover the fine line between states of matter. From garden harvests to craft creations and games, Serpentine Stone week will rock your wizardly world!

 

 6/28 Obsidian Owl Camp

Grandmother Oak and her residents await, let us enter the glen to explore! This is an expansive week of adventures, from scavenger hunts and sports to sketching creatures, journaling, and wilderness games. Campers will use the tools of naturalists to hone their skills and build collection boxes. Collaboration and teamwork are accented on the week’s journey to solve the mystery of the Obsidian Owl. 

 

7/12  Phoenix Crystal Camp

 

The Crystal Phoenix Camp invites wizards and creatures to don costumes and set the stage for a week of visual and performing arts. Along with natural science, the magic of acting, costume, prop and scene design, dance, and dueling will transform us into a world of characters. Campers will use pre-written scripts and develop original scenes and works to perform. We’ll stay cool in the fig forest with games and Book Nook round-robin readings. The week will end with a performance by the Crystal Phoenix Players!

Jul
3
Sat
Harvest Market @ Sonoma Garden Park
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sonoma Garden Park’s Harvest Market is open now throughout the growing season on Saturday’s from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Fresh produce, eggs from free range chickens, honey and olive oil are for sale. Master Gardeners are on hand most Saturdays to answer gardening questions. Shopping at the market supports local, sustainable agriculture.

Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am


Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek. On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals, and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek. The hike starts at the Visitors Center. No fee, but parking charges apply. 

The hike is limited to 12 participants. Sign up at Visitor Center or RSVP to alma@sonomaecologycenter.org