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Oct
28
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Oct 28 @ 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 State Parks volunteer, signup in Volgistics.

Otherwise, sign up here.

Oct
30
Sat
Sugarloaf Woodlands Comes Home to Your Garden @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Observe native California plants at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Learn how they can be used in your garden for beauty and interest. Join Nurseryman and Park Docent Bruce Hope in a riparian and chaparral  exploration at Sugarloaf. Our route will be cover at least a mile with a few hills. The numerous stops will give us a chance to discuss plant ecosystems, uses in the garden, propagation and plant care adapting wild plants to your garden.
Tickets are $10 for adults and free for minors. We’ll meet at the Goodspeed parking lot. Bring lots of water, sun protection, and wear good shoes for rocky and uneven trails. We will observe County Health orders including mask-wearing and physical distancing. Parking fees apply.

Nov
6
Sat
RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Robert Ferguson Observatory (RFO) is open to the public at least once a month, usually on a Saturday near the time of the New Moon.

This part star party/part Night Sky Trails is a hybrid version of these two events. While our dome and west wing telescopes will remain closed, we will allow small groups in our east wing to view images from our RC20, research-grade telescope. Sky tour docents will be stationed outside to give guests laser guided tours of the constellations. This is primarily an outdoor event. Only part of the observatory will be open.

Ticket cost is $10.00 per adult, $5 for students and seniors 60+, and children under 12 are FREE.  (Note: while children tickets are free, they are still required.)(Plus State Park parking fee of $10.00 per vehicle.) You MUST have a ticket to attend this event.  Attendance is limited and, while remaining tickets will be sold at the door, they will be subject to availability.

COVID-19 Update: Based on direction from Sonoma County, RFO is requiring guests to wear face masks at all events, regardless of their vaccination status.  And, of course, if you are not feeling well or have a fever, please stay home.

FAQs:

  1. Map and Directions
  2. When to arrive: We keep the observatory open as long as there are visitors, but you must arrive within 3 hours after start time to ensure that we remain open for you. Summer Star Parties begin with tours and presentations until it’s dark enough for observing.
  3. Bring warm clothing, even in summer—observing is done outdoors.
  4. There is a short walk from the parking area to the Observatory and you may wish to bring a small flashlight.
  5. White Light: No white lights should be used after dark; the observatory is a red-light-only area to protect everyone’s night vision. We will supply red cellophane to cover flashlights. Please note:
    ◦ Bring a SMALL flashlight (large camp lanterns, light sticks, etc., cannot be adequately covered by red cellophane).
    ◦ Cell phones or cell-phone flashlights are acceptable but must be covered in red cellophane. (No cell service at the observatory).
    ◦ Some head lamps are difficult to cover with red cellophane. Once covered, head lamps should be worn around the neck or used pointing down as they are usually very bright at eye level.
    ◦ Red flashlights are available for $5 at the observatory.
  6. Alcohol is prohibited on Observatory grounds.
  7. The Observatory is not open to the public except for scheduled events.

For current conditions call the observatory at (707)833-6979.
RFO is operated by the Valley of the Moon Observatory Association, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization, and all of the proceeds will go towards maintaining this beloved Sonoma county institution. For more info please visit the Robert Ferguson Observatory website. If there are additional questions, please email info@rfo.org.

Nov
11
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 11 @ 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 State Parks volunteer, signup in Volgistics.

Otherwise, sign up here.

Family Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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.
Free event. As of June 15, RSVP is no longer required. Meet outside the Visitor Center. Parking fees apply.

Nov
13
Sat
Hiking for Fitness– Maintenance Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 13 @ 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- route A: Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650-ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
Nov
20
Sat
Senderos: Historia natural en Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Historia Natural de Sugarloaf
Sábado 20 de noviembre, 10am-12pm

Aprenda acerca de la historia natural de Sugarloaf en una caminata familiar liderada por Breck Parkman, Arqueólogo Superior retirado del Distrito del Área de la Bahía. Nos reuniremos en el estacionamiento del granero blanco y caminaremos el sendero Meadow mientras escuchamos a Parkman hablar de la historia cultural, ecología, geología, y folklore de Sugarloaf. Este evento es bilingüe y gratuito pero le pedimos que por favor se registre ya que el espacio es limitado. Por favor vista calzado cómodo, ropa adecuada, y traiga agua para la caminata. Las lluvias fuertes cancelan el evento. Seguiremos las medidas apropiadas en acuerdo con órdenes del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado. Si tiene preguntas, necesita transportación (dentro del Valle de Sonoma), o busca más información, por favor comuníquese con Alma (alma@sonomaecologycenter.org).

English: Natural History of Sugarloaf
Saturday, 11/20, 10-12pm
Learn more about the natural history of Sugarloaf in this family-friendly walk led by Breck Parkman, retired Bay Area District Senior Archaeologist. We will meet at the White Barn parking lot and walk on the Meadow Trail as we listen to Parkman speak of Sugarloaf’s cultural history, ecology, geology, and folklore.
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. 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

Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 20 @ 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.

Sonoma County Resident? Free with 2021 ParkRx from participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info.
Nov
22
Mon
Sugarloaf Thanksgiving Break Day Camp @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 22 @ 9:00 am – Nov 23 @ 3:00 pm

Need some extra time to prep for that Thanksgiving meal? Kids a little stir crazy over the break? We’ve got you covered at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park with our upcoming Thanksgiving Break Day Camp. Join the Sugarloaf Staff and SEC Education staff for two days of fun, learning, and outdoor activity at our 4000-acre state park!

Based on our Summer Creek Camp, we plan on having nature hikes and learning activities all about the creatures of the park. We will end each day with a closing circle with some possible seasonal treats! The camp will be based out of the Visitors Center. November 22-23 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $100, or $75 for Sonoma Ecology Center members or for a second child from the same family. For ages 8 to 12.

*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 22 participants.

 

 

Nov
25
Thu
RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Robert Ferguson Observatory (RFO) is open to the public at least once a month, usually on a Saturday near the time of the New Moon.

This part star party/part Night Sky Trails is a hybrid version of these two events. While our dome and west wing telescopes will remain closed, we will allow small groups in our east wing to view images from our RC20, research-grade telescope. Sky tour docents will be stationed outside to give guests laser guided tours of the constellations. This is primarily an outdoor event. Only part of the observatory will be open.

Ticket cost is $10.00 per adult, $5 for students and seniors 60+, and children under 12 are FREE.  (Note: while children tickets are free, they are still required.)(Plus State Park parking fee of $10.00 per vehicle.) You MUST have a ticket to attend this event.  Attendance is limited and, while remaining tickets will be sold at the door, they will be subject to availability.

COVID-19 Update: Based on direction from Sonoma County, RFO is requiring guests to wear face masks at all events, regardless of their vaccination status.  And, of course, if you are not feeling well or have a fever, please stay home.

FAQs:

  1. Map and Directions
  2. When to arrive: We keep the observatory open as long as there are visitors, but you must arrive within 3 hours after start time to ensure that we remain open for you. Summer Star Parties begin with tours and presentations until it’s dark enough for observing.
  3. Bring warm clothing, even in summer—observing is done outdoors.
  4. There is a short walk from the parking area to the Observatory and you may wish to bring a small flashlight.
  5. White Light: No white lights should be used after dark; the observatory is a red-light-only area to protect everyone’s night vision. We will supply red cellophane to cover flashlights. Please note:
    ◦ Bring a SMALL flashlight (large camp lanterns, light sticks, etc., cannot be adequately covered by red cellophane).
    ◦ Cell phones or cell-phone flashlights are acceptable but must be covered in red cellophane. (No cell service at the observatory).
    ◦ Some head lamps are difficult to cover with red cellophane. Once covered, head lamps should be worn around the neck or used pointing down as they are usually very bright at eye level.
    ◦ Red flashlights are available for $5 at the observatory.
  6. Alcohol is prohibited on Observatory grounds.
  7. The Observatory is not open to the public except for scheduled events.

For current conditions call the observatory at (707)833-6979.
RFO is operated by the Valley of the Moon Observatory Association, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization, and all of the proceeds will go towards maintaining this beloved Sonoma county institution. For more info please visit the Robert Ferguson Observatory website. If there are additional questions, please email info@rfo.org.