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Nov
27
Fri
Native American Heritage Day
Nov 27 all-day
Family Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come to the park for a peaceful hike through the woods! Join our Docents on this fun family hike that is good for all ages. During this 2-mile hike with 400-ft elevation gain, you will learn about Sugarloaf Park, its plants, animals, and history. Weather permitting, the hike will begin and end at the Visitor Center. This is a free event but parking fees do apply. Please RSVP to alma at sonomaecologycenter.org as we are limiting the walk to 12 attendees.

Green Friday Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come out to Sugarloaf State Park for a family-friendly hike. Meet Sonoma Ecology Center Educator Jonny Ehlers at the Visitor Center at 9:45am and we’ll start hiking at 10, returning by noon. Along the way we will discuss the recent Glass/ Nuns Fires and the effects on the native vegetation and wildlife.  We’ll head up to an old Boy Scouts site, where Jonny will tell a story suitable for all ages, then make our way back to the Visitor Center. Round trip is about 3 miles with a moderate uphill, so if you are bringing a baby you’ll want the backpack instead of the stroller.
Bring water, and wear sturdy shoes, warm layers, and a mask. Feel free to bring lunch and stay in the park after the hike.
Please RSVP to alma@sonomaecologycenter.org, as we can only allow 12 participants.
Nov
28
Sat
Hiking for Fitness– Maintenance Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 28 @ 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. RSVP is a must and will be limited to 10 participants per route. Parking fees apply. Maintenance Hikes are every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

11/9 – 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
11/23 – 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
12/14 – route A: Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
route B: Brushy Peaks to Grey Pine: 6 mi, 1140 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
12/28 – 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
Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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 ParksRx Program the 4th Saturday of each month. These walks are led by certified ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) practitioners. See http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/ for more info about this practice.

Tickets are $20 or free with a 2020 ParkRx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider (click here for more info)

We will hold two walks on 11/28: 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:30pm. Tickets are only valid for the time selected.

Nov
29
Sun
Community Science Series: Fire Ecology Forensics Hike for Families! @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Glass Fire burned very close to the heart of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, allowing us great opportunities to learn about how fires behave. Please join biologist Dr. Dan Levitis for a leisurely walk starting at White Barn to learn how Sonoma Ecology Center scientists are studying the fire, and to help us gather clues. Families and underrepresented groups are particularly welcome, up to 12 participants. Parking fees apply, rain cancels. We will observe social distancing and mask-wearing in compliance with County Health orders.

Dec
5
Sat
Senderos: ¡Aprenda acerca de la ciencia del fuego! @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

¡El Parque Estatal Sugarloaf Ridge es un gran lugar para aprender ciencia! Acompáñenos en una corta caminata empezando en el Centro de Visitantes para aprender como los científicos de Sonoma Ecology Center estudian el fuego, animales, y todo lo que vive en el parque. Descarge la applicación iNaturalist en su celular y cree un perfil antes de asistir al evento. Familias de comunidades subrepresentadas son principalmente bienvenidas. Este evento gratuito es ante todo planeado alredor de una audiencia hispanohablante limitada a doce participantes. El estacionamiento por vehículo es $10. La lluvia cancela. Observaremos órdenes de salud del Condado como el uso de cubrebocas y el distanciamiento social.


Senderos Family Walk: Learn About Fire Science!
Saturday, 12/5, 11am-1pm
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is a great place to learn science! Please join us for a leisurely walk starting at the visitor center to learn how Sonoma Ecology Center scientists are studying fire, animals, and everything that lives in the park. If possible, please load the iNaturalist app on your mobile device and create an account beforehand. Families from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. This is a bilingual, free event planned around a primarily Spanish speaking audience of up to 12. Parking fees apply, rain cancels. We will observe social distancing and mask-wearing in compliance with County Health orders.

Dec
12
Sat
Hiking for Fitness– Maintenance Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 12 @ 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. RSVP is a must and will be limited to 10 participants per route. Parking fees apply. Maintenance Hikes are every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

11/9 – 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
11/23 – 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
12/14 – route A: Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
route B: Brushy Peaks to Grey Pine: 6 mi, 1140 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
12/28 – 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
Dec
19
Sat
Nature Craft Wreath Making at Sonoma Garden Park @ Sonoma Garden Park
Dec 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

[Note, the English session is full but NEW DATE ADDED- December 21st! The Spanish session still has sign-ups available at https://sec.simpletix.com/e/61072.]

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 will host two wreath-making workshops at Sonoma Garden Park on Saturday, December 19th, one in English (9:30 am) and one in Spanish (1 pm). 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, or as a holiday centerpiece or wall decoration. Whether yours is a traditional evergreen wreath or a New Year “hoop of hope,” its intention will shine through.

The workshops are 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 as a learning classroom environment for field trips for nearby elementary schools through Sonoma Ecology Center’s “Growing Discovery” program. The 6-acre property, located 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.

 

Taller de construcción de coronas navideñas @ Sonoma Garden Park
Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Sábado 19 de diciembre, 1-3:30pm

¡Amigos, reunámonos alrededor del solsticio invernal! Construiremos algo bello proveniente de la naturaleza para decorar su casa o regalar.

Sonoma Ecology Center los invita a un taller de fabricación de coronas navideñas en Sonoma Garden Park el sábado 19 de diciembre. Utilizando verdor y materiales encontrados en bosques locales, aprenderá técnicas para enlazar manojos, creando esplendorosos aros originales. Una tradición antigua, las coronas son la perfecta bienvenida en una entrada, piezas de centro de mesa, o decoración de pared. Ya sea una guirnalda de hoja perenne tradicional o un ‘aro de esperanza’ para el año nuevo, su intención brillará a través de ella.

Liderada por Julia Megna, Gerente del Programa de Educación de SEC y dueña de Hundred Acre Greenery y Alma Shaw, coordinadora del programa Senderos para Team Sugarloaf y SEC.

Trabajaremos al aire libre observando el distanciamiento social, así que vista ropa apropiada y cubrebocas. Proveeremos materiales pero si tiene, por favor traiga tijeras de podar, un rollo de alambre ligero, listón o un ornamento para acentuar su corona, o un armazón para construir coronas.

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 gratuito y 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, al igualmente que por la beca Route to Parks, un projecto de Parks California.