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Aug
8
Sat
Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 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 first hike starts at 9:30am, second starts at 11 am. Sign up at Visitor Center or RSVP to alma@sonomaecologycenter.org
Limited to 12 participants.

Aug
14
Fri
CANCELED: RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 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.

Star Parties: Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

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.

Classroom presentations are always offered on Star Party nights even if the weather is poor. For current conditions call the observatory at (707)833-6979.
For more info please visit the Robert Ferguson Observatory website.

Aug
15
Sat
Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 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 first hike starts at 9:30am, second starts at 11 am. Sign up at Visitor Center or RSVP to alma@sonomaecologycenter.org
Limited to 12 participants.

Aug
22
Sat
Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 22 @ 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 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)

 

Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 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 first hike starts at 9:30am, second starts at 11 am. Sign up at Visitor Center or RSVP to alma@sonomaecologycenter.org
Limited to 12 participants.

Aug
29
Sat
Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Aug 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 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 first hike starts at 9:30am, second starts at 11 am. Sign up at Visitor Center or RSVP to alma@sonomaecologycenter.org
Limited to 12 participants.

Sep
5
Sat
CANCELED – SugarShuttle: Sugarloaf ↔ Hood Mtn, Pythian Rd lot (spring & fall) @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The SugarShuttle is canceled until further notice. Please continue to check our calendar of events for updates. (7/3/2020)

Want to do a through hike from Sugarloaf to Hood Mountain or vice versa? Ride the Sugar-Hood Shuttle.

How it works
Every half hour our Shuttle will leave from either Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or Hood Mountain Regional Park’s Pythian Rd parking lot. Make a reservation and then ride to the other end of the trail, or hike and ride back. Riding first and hiking back to your car is the easiest way – no worries about how long you take to finish your adventure. No charge for the ride, but the suggested donation of $10 helps keep us going. Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle or the State Park portion of the trail.

——–CHECK OUR TIMETABLES HERE———
https://sugarloafpark.org/events/sugar-shuttle-2020/

We recommend a reservation, but you can ride on a space available basis as well.

The hike should take 3½ to 4½ hours.

Map: https://www.sonomaecologycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Shuttle_Sugarloaf_HoodMtn_Map.pdf

The distance is about 7.4 miles with approximately 2300 foot vertical climb.

Suggested donation of $10. Registration strongly encouraged.

Shuttle operated by Team Sugarloaf / Sonoma Ecology Center in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks

ParkRx – BEGINNING Hiking for Fitness Series (#5) @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please join us for an 8-week BEGINNING Hiking for Fitness Program. The program leaders will guide you on a series of weekly hikes with the challenge increasing each week. Before the first hike, the leader will discuss proper shoes, hydration, incorporating hiking poles, proper pacing, etc. The group’s final hike aims for the long route up Vista Trail, where hikers can enjoy the beautiful vistas.

The Hiking series costs $80, or free (including free parking on Sugarloaf hikes) for hikers with a 2020 ParkRx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info.

1) Sat 9/5–White Barn to Uranus, 2.2 miles, 80 ft elev [meet @ white barn]
2) Sat 9/12–Meadow Hillside loop starting and ending at campground, 3 miles, 250 ft elev [meet @ white barn]
3) Sat 9/19–Spring Lake/Lake Ralphine loop 4.3 miles, 250 ft elev [meet @ Cobblestone trailhead parking lot: 6024 Channel Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409]
4) Sat 9/26–Stern Pony Gate and Canyon, Stern Road 3 miles, 500 ft elev [meet @ main lot]
5) Sat 10/3–Jack London Park, May’s Clearing loop, 3.7 miles, 430 ft elev [meet @ 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, upper parking lot]
6) Sat 10/10–Vista Trail loop (clockwise), 3.6 miles, 700 ft elev [meet @ white barn]
7) Sat 10/17–Neptune picnic table, 4.3 miles, 640 ft elev [meet @ white barn]
8) Sat 10/24–Hillside + Vista Trail loop (counter-clockwise), 4.7 miles, 1000 ft elev [meet @ white barn]

Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sep 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 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 first hike starts at 9:30am, second starts at 11 am. Sign up at Visitor Center or RSVP to alma@sonomaecologycenter.org
Limited to 12 participants.

Sep
6
Sun
CANCELED – SugarShuttle: Sugarloaf ↔ Hood Mtn, Pythian Rd lot (spring & fall) @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sep 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The SugarShuttle is canceled until further notice. Please continue to check our calendar of events for updates. (7/3/2020)

Want to do a through hike from Sugarloaf to Hood Mountain or vice versa? Ride the Sugar-Hood Shuttle.

How it works
Every half hour our Shuttle will leave from either Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or Hood Mountain Regional Park’s Pythian Rd parking lot. Make a reservation and then ride to the other end of the trail, or hike and ride back. Riding first and hiking back to your car is the easiest way – no worries about how long you take to finish your adventure. No charge for the ride, but the suggested donation of $10 helps keep us going. Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle or the State Park portion of the trail.

——–CHECK OUR TIMETABLES HERE———
https://sugarloafpark.org/events/sugar-shuttle-2020/

We recommend a reservation, but you can ride on a space available basis as well.

The hike should take 3½ to 4½ hours.

Map: https://www.sonomaecologycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Shuttle_Sugarloaf_HoodMtn_Map.pdf

The distance is about 7.4 miles with approximately 2300 foot vertical climb.

Suggested donation of $10. Registration strongly encouraged.

Shuttle operated by Team Sugarloaf / Sonoma Ecology Center in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks