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

Jan
29
Sat
Hike at Saddle Mountain Preserve with Open Space District @ Saddle Mountain Preserve
Jan 29 @ 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

Inaugural UC Climate Stewards Course w/ Sonoma Ecology Center @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm

Overview  

As one of 9 pilot programs across the state, the 7-week UC Climate Stewards  Course seeks to foster a committed corps of volunteers ready to effectively engage in transformative local solutions to promote community and ecosystem resilience in a changing climate. The UC Climate Stewards course will introduce you to social-emotional learning and trauma-aware practices, climate change communication, climate science, and community resilience planning.

This UC Climate Stewards Course will integrate locally relevant themes of fire, water and inclusion. Through guest speakers, field activities, and participatory science we will learn about and discuss principles and practices towards increasing community and ecosystem resilience to fire, drought, and floods.

Learning Outcomes

• Increase access to up-to-date and locally relevant climate science to improve climate literacy

• Improve participants’ self-efficacy and agency by fostering climate change communications skills development, civic engagement, and local conservation and community action

• Establish an inclusive community of practice focused on stewardship, communication, and community solutions to advance resilience

• Build statewide support and capacity to effectively advance state and local climate goals

Link to the UCANR Website for more FAQ and information on the curriculum: https://calnat.ucanr.edu/cs/

Mar
16
Wed
Spring 2022 Sonoma Ecology Center California Naturalist Program @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – May 7 @ 8:00 am
Description

This 8-week UC-certified course explores our local ecology, engages you in citizen science, and allows you to share your knowledge with others. The 40-hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Inner Coastal Range of Sonoma and Napa.

If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science, and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you!

Watch a short introductory video on the statewide California Naturalist program: https://youtu.be/U_9N8FZRWxg

Overview:

Our regional 40+ hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Inner Coastal Range of Sonoma and Napa. Local guest experts will attend classroom sessions and field trips utilizing the outdoor learning environment of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The Spring 2022 course will emphasize the impact of the 2017 Nunns fire and the 2020 Glass Fires on our Sonoma Valley parks. Speakers include State Park and Sonoma Ecology Center scientists and staff, Retired Sr. Archeologist Breck Parkman, Renowned Bioacoustics expert Bernie Krause and famous retired Marin Open Space lead Naturalist, David Herlocker.

Meeting Days & Times: Wednesday evenings from March 16-May 4, 6-8:30 pm over virtual zoom sessions.

We are planning to hold 4 Saturday field trips held on at various locations around Sonoma Valley including the Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve. All field trips run from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm with the exception of our Dawn Chorus recording (5:00 am-7800 am) on May 7 with optional overnight included on the evening prior(May 7).

Fee: $489 registration

Need-based scholarships are available. Students must purchase The California Naturalist Handbook (2013, UC Press).

Course Benefits Include:

  • Classroom sessions & hands-on field trips with local expert lecturers, field biologists, and a UC curriculum
  • UC California Naturalist Certificate awarded upon completion of course requirements
  • Optional 4 UC academic credits for an additional fee
  • Future discounts on unique training opportunities
  • Opportunities to develop your CV and skillset
  • Lifetime membership to a statewide network of institutions & certified UC California Naturalists

For more information contact Lead instructor Tony Passantino at Tony@sonomaecologycenter.org