Calendar

May
15
Sat
Herbology in the Garden- Planting for health, home & happiness @ Sonoma Garden Park
May 15 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

They say ‘let food be thy medicine’. Herbs have been used for health and healing in Sonoma Valley since the first Indigenous People walked the land. In this workshop, we will use wisdom from east and west to build self-care knowledge and skills with plants you can grow in our area. 

From planting and propagation to processing preparations and using herbs, if your goal is to use nature to become more healthy and self-sufficient, join this workshop!

Many of us are trying to avoid personal care and cleaning products that come in plastic bottles. Let’s go straight to the source and treat Mother Earth kindly in the process.

Participants may bring 2 empty jars for their herbal remedies.

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.

 

May
29
Sat
Whack-a-Weed at Sonoma Garden Park @ Sonoma Garden Park
May 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We need your help whacking weeds at Sonoma Garden Park to make room for more beautiful plants. Bring a hat, water, sunscreen and friends. Meet by the barn where there will be coffee to get you going. Sign up here. After, take a stroll around, visit our pollinator garden, watch our busy bees, or say hello to the chickens.

Follow us on Instagram @sonomagardenpark to stay updated on all that’s happening at Sonoma Garden Park!

Jun
8
Tue
Garden Gnomes Camp @ Sonoma Garden Park
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – Jun 11 @ 1:30 pm

Expecto Campers! A small group of children is invited to join our educators for enchanted garden activities specially designed for our younger campers to bring the magic of the outdoors into their life! Ages 5-7, campers will explore nature’s magic in the gardens of Sonoma Garden Park and oak woodland glen. From treasure hunts and pollinator pursuits to games and tasting the garden’s bounty. We will dig into the soil, create art and explore science in the magical world of the garden. Campers are asked to bring their own snacks and lunch.

The camp will be led by our education project manager Julia Megna, retired Sonoma County school teacher of 21 years, artist and dancer. For more information on SEC education programming, check out our video on the field trip and teen programs offered at the Sonoma garden park:

*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. 

Jun
14
Mon
Garden Wizards Camp @ Sonoma Garden Park
Jun 14 @ 9:00 am – Jun 18 @ 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!

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
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
5
Mon
Creek Camp at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 5 @ 9:00 am – Jul 9 @ 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

Jul
12
Mon
Garden Wizards Camp @ Sonoma Garden Park
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – Jul 16 @ 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
19
Mon
Creek Camp at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – Jul 23 @ 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

Jul
26
Mon
Creek Camp at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – Jul 30 @ 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