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Feb
22
Thu
Sugarloaf Volunteer Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Volunteers play a crucial role at keeping Sugarloaf Ridge State Park open and accessible to all! Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work by coming to our every-other-Thursday Volunteer Trail Crew. Activities include bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying, and hiking.

Bring gloves, hat, and water that you can carry hands-free (i.e. a backpack). Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Long sleeves are recommended as poison oak is present. 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 Sugarloaf volunteer, log onto Better Impact to sign up.
Not a Sugarloaf volunteer yet? RSVP to sugarloafvolunteer@sonomaecologycenter.org no later than the Sunday prior to the work day to ensure we have lunch for you.
First-time volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to formally join our volunteer program if they’d like to support us more frequently. Start here to become a volunteer.

Feb
23
Fri
Weekly California Native Plant Sale | Venta semanal de plantas nativas Californianas @ Native Plant Nursery at Sonoma Garden Park
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

[Español abajo]

We are selling a variety of California native plants to the public every Friday from 12:00-3:00 pm to help local gardeners create and maintain drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes. Simply drop into our Native Plant Nursery. For questions, email our Native Plant Nursery Manager at hannah@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Our weekly plant sales will be cancelled October 6, 13, and 20, and November 24, 2023.

Sign up for our emailing list to stay updated on future events: sonomaecologycenter.org/newsletters-sign-up.

Venderemos una variedad de plantas nativas Californianas al público cada viernes de 12:00 a 3:00 pm para ayudar a jardineros locales a crear y mantener jardines y paisajes resistentes a la sequía y amigables a polinizadores. Simplemente acude a nuestro vivero de plantas nativas (ubicado dentro de Sonoma Garden Park). Si tienes preguntas, manda un email a nuestra gerente del vivero de plantas nativas por hannah@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Nuestra venta de plantas semanal en octubre 6, 13, y 20 se ha cancelado para prepararnos para nuestra venta estacional el 21 de octubre.

Inscríbete a nuestro boletín de noticias electrónico para estar al tanto de nuestros eventos futuros: sonomaecologycenter.org/newsletters-sign-up.

Feb
24
Sat
Early Spring Wildflowers & Plant Uses @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

UPDATE 2/15, 2:38PM: This hike has been postponed to Sat, 2/24, for the same time.

Join Certified CA Naturalist John Lynch and Sugarloaf staff Desi Harp on a 3 mile, 2.5 hour guided nature walk from creekside to hillside and back through the meadow. We will take our time with frequent stops to enjoy and identify the wildflowers, talk about the traditional uses of plants we encounter, and catch our breath.

Tickets are $15-$20 sliding scale for general audiences, $7.5 for youth (12-17 year olds) and students, Sugarloaf members, Sugarloaf volunteers, and free for children under 12. Meet at the Visitor Center. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for two miles of leisurely walking and chatting over moderate and possibly muddy terrain. Bring a quarter of water, We invite you to bring a reusable drink container for your little ones to enjoy hot cocoa after the walk. Heavy rains cancel; parking fees apply.

Ease of access: The main parking lot has one van-designated parking spot and an accessible vault toilet. There is a paved road from the main lot to the Visitor Center. The Creekside Nature Trail is ADA-compliant compliant for 0.35 miles and then turns into a single-track trail that crosses a narrow cement bridge. Hillside Trail is a fire road with two hills and a water crossing with a board. Meadow is also a compacted gravel fire road. From its trail head to the bridge, although not ADA-compliant, it is a fairly flat trail passable by power chair and stroller.

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Mushroom Hike at Sugarloaf (Sold Out) @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Explore the hidden world beneath our feet on this mushroom hike led by local mycologist George Riner. We’ll observe their growth, learn to identify different species by key traits, be mesmerized by the display of colors, shapes, textures, and discuss these remarkable organisms’ ecological roles, culinary delights, and even a touch of folklore.

Be prepared for two miles of leisurely walking and chatting over moderate and possibly muddy terrain. Please be aware this is not a foray; collection is permitted for this activity through a CA State Parks Scientific Research and Collecting permit. Tickets are $10-$15 sliding scale for the general public, $5 for students, youth, Sugarloaf members, Sugarloaf volunteers, and free for children under 12. You must have a ticket to attend. Meet outside the Visitor Center ten minutes prior to the event start time. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, bring water, and if you have them, mushroom identifying guides. We invite you to bring a reusable drink container so your little ones can enjoy hot cocoa after the walk, if desired. Heavy rains cancel; parking fees apply.

Ease of access: we’re unable to determine the ease of access for this hike as the route will be chosen day-of by the leader dependent on weather conditions and other logistics.

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Sugarloaf New Volunteer Orientation & Social | Orientación para voluntarios nuevos @ Robert Ferguson Observatory (inside Sugarloaf Ridge State Park)
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Enjoy the beauty of this special place in Sonoma Valley while joining our wonderful community of volunteers. Volunteer with Team Sugarloaf and become an integral piece in keeping Sugarloaf Ridge State Park operating. Join us for an orientation on February 24, 2024, from 11:00am-2:00pm to learn about the history of Sugarloaf, how Sonoma Ecology Center operates the park, and what volunteer opportunities we have. The orientation will take place in the Robert Ferguson Observatory classroom.

Volunteers play a vital role at Sugarloaf. We have a host of volunteer opportunities to restore and maintain this natural treasure and to help to keep Sugarloaf open to the public. Initial training is provided, with periodic docent enrichment events. We need volunteers to:

– Become docents at the Visitor Center
– Direct visitors at the entrance kiosk
– Assist with data entry
– Aid project research and grant-writing
– Work on trail and park maintenance projects
– Facilitate special events and parking
– Spanish/English literacy and conversational fluency is a plus

View more volunteer opportunities and specifics in our website. Experience is not necessary but welcomed, as well as a willingness to learn and the desire to share that knowledge with our visitors. We ask for a minimum of 4 hours per month of volunteer service. Please create a Better Impact account to start the process. Bring a notepad and pen, a reusable drink container for warm beverages, dress in layers, and if desired, a snack.

Attending a Volunteer Orientation is required to become a volunteer at Sugarloaf. English is needed for all positions. Spanish-English literacy or fluency is a plus for all positions. Please share this opportunity!

Ease of access: the Robert Ferguson Observatory has an ADA-compliant wooden deck/ramp to access the classroom. There is one van-designated parking spot and although not ADA or van designated, there is lots more parking adjacent to the Observatory/group camp. The group camp is a large area to the left of the Robert Ferguson Observatory. The ground is a mix of soil and woodchips navigable on a power chair. There is an accessible porta-potty and a water spigot on site. The picnic tables and benches are not ADA-compliant but are available.

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ESPAÑOL: Disfruta de la belleza de este lugar especial en el Valle de Sonoma mientras te unes a una maravillosa comunidad de voluntarios. Ven a ser voluntario con Team Sugarloaf y forma una parte integral en la operación del Parque Estatal Sugarloaf Ridge. Acompáñanos en una orientación para voluntarios nuevos el sábado 24 de febrero, de las 11:00am a las 2:00pm para aprender acerca de la historia de Sugarloaf, cómo Sonoma Ecology Center opera el parque, y oportunidades de voluntariado. La orientación será dentro aula del Observatorio Robert Ferguson.

Voluntarios desempeñan un rol vital en Sugarloaf. Tenemos muchas oportunidades para restaurar y mantener este tesoro natural y para ayudar a mantener Sugarloaf abierto al público. Proveemos capacitación inicial, con oportunidades periódicas de aprendizaje. Necesitamos voluntarios para:
-docentes en el centro de visitantes
-dirigir visitantes en el quiosco
-ayuda con entrada de datos
–ayuda con proyectos investigativos y propuestas para conseguir fondos
-trabajar en proyectos de mantenimiento en los senderos y alrededor del parque
-facilitar eventos especiales/estacionamiento
-continuar creciendo nuestros programas bilingües, especialmente en español e inglés

Encuentra más oportunidades voluntarias y especificaciones en nuestro sitio web. Experiencia no es necesaria pero bienvenida, al igual que la disposición de aprender y el deseo de impartir estos conocimientos con visitantes. Pedimos que voluntarios por favor estén disponibles un mínimo de 4 horas por mes. Por favor empieza el proceso creando un perfil en Better Impact. Ven abrigado, trae una libreta, un lapicero, tu contenedor de bebidas reusable, y si deseas, un bocadillo.

Se requiere atender la orientación de voluntarios para ser un voluntario en Sugarloaf. Todas las posiciones necesitan dominio del inglés; se valorará experiencia de candidatos bilingües en español e inglés. ¡Por favor comparte esta oportunidad!

Facilidad de acceso: Acceso al aula del Observatorio Robert Ferguson es mediante una rampa de madera que oficialmente cumple con los requerimientos de la Ley para Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA). Hay un espacio designado para estacionar un vehículo como una miniván o más grande, y aunque el resto del área de estacionamiento no es designada como estacionamiento accesible, puede ser utilizada como accesible. El área de asentamiento dentro del aula principal del observatorio está compuesto de sillas que fácilmente pueden moverse para acomodar ingreso accesible. Hay baños disponibles dentro del edificio, incluyendo un cubículo accesible en cada baño. El área de acampar en grupo es un área grande fuera del observatorio. El suelo es una combinación de tierra y astillas de madera, que pueden ser navegado en una silla de ruedas con motor. Hay un baño portátil accesible y una llave de agua en el sitio. Las mesas de picnic no son accesibles pero están disponibles.

 

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Feb
25
Sun
Habitat Hike: Chaparral @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

What is a habitat? Join CA Naturalist and Sugarloaf docent Marie Kay Hansen through the featured habitat, chaparral, to explore all it has to offer. Learn about the largest native plant community flora in California, characterized by rugged terrain and adaptive flora, during this 2-3 mile hike along Goodspeed Trail up to Pierson Rd and possibly past until the unnamed creek crossing. This hike is the first in our four-part ‘Habitats of Sugarloaf’ hike series. Other hikes will explore the oak woodland, meadow and redwood forest habitats.

Meet at the Goodspeed parking lot. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for youth (12-17 year olds), students, Sugarloaf members, Sugarloaf volunteers, and free for children under 12. Wear layers, appropriate footwear for muddy and/or slippery trails, bring at least a quart of water, sun protection, and if desired, a snack. Heavy rain cancels. Parking fees apply.

Ease of access: Goodspeed Trail is an out-and-back, single-track dirt trail. The first several hundred feet is a rough foot trail down to Sonoma Creek. The next several hundred feet (including wooden bridges with handrails over two creeks) is mostly flat. The remainder of the route is mostly steep with steps and a rugged climb through serpentine chaparral.

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Mar
1
Fri
Weekly California Native Plant Sale | Venta semanal de plantas nativas Californianas @ Native Plant Nursery at Sonoma Garden Park
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

[Español abajo]

We are selling a variety of California native plants to the public every Friday from 12:00-3:00 pm to help local gardeners create and maintain drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes. Simply drop into our Native Plant Nursery. For questions, email our Native Plant Nursery Manager at hannah@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Our weekly plant sales will be cancelled October 6, 13, and 20, and November 24, 2023.

Sign up for our emailing list to stay updated on future events: sonomaecologycenter.org/newsletters-sign-up.

Venderemos una variedad de plantas nativas Californianas al público cada viernes de 12:00 a 3:00 pm para ayudar a jardineros locales a crear y mantener jardines y paisajes resistentes a la sequía y amigables a polinizadores. Simplemente acude a nuestro vivero de plantas nativas (ubicado dentro de Sonoma Garden Park). Si tienes preguntas, manda un email a nuestra gerente del vivero de plantas nativas por hannah@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Nuestra venta de plantas semanal en octubre 6, 13, y 20 se ha cancelado para prepararnos para nuestra venta estacional el 21 de octubre.

Inscríbete a nuestro boletín de noticias electrónico para estar al tanto de nuestros eventos futuros: sonomaecologycenter.org/newsletters-sign-up.

Mar
2
Sat
Wondrous Wildflower Walk @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join Certified California Naturalist John Lynch on his  wondrous wildflower walks.

On 3/2, we’ll follow Pony Gate Trail’s grassy slope, into the Oak woodland and through a mixed evergreen forest, along Canyon Trail’s shady riparian corridor lined with redwoods, to the 25-foot dramatic plunge of Sonoma Creek and back to the our starting point at the Visitor Center.

Departing from the Visitor Center, the 3/23 route takes us on the Creekside and Hillside trails returning via Meadow.

On 4/6, from the White Barn, we’ll scout Hillside to Brushy Peaks turning around at the Neptune picnic table and back on Meadow Trail.

We’ll celebrate Earth Day on 4/21 on Vista Trail via Lower Bald Mtn (from the White Barn) and returning on Meadow Trail.

Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, bring at least a quart of water, a camera, and wildflower guides if you have one. Tickets are $10-$15 sliding scale for general audiences, $5 for students, youth (12-17 year olds; must be accompanied by an adult), Sugarloaf members and volunteers, and free for children under 12. Parking fees apply. Heavy rain or wind cancels and will be announced by 9:00am the day of the hike.

Ease of access: The Pony Gate-Canyon loop is approximately 2 miles with an elevation of 595 ft. Both trails are single-track dirt trails with steps that descend into a canyon. There is a seasonal water crossing (creek bed) on Pony Gate without a bridge.

The Creekside-Hillside-Meadow loop is ADA-compliant for approximately 0.35mi. From there, Hillside is a single-track dirt trail for 0.1mi that widens into a 2-mile fire road loop with two 100-foot hills and a small stream crossing with a wooden plank for a bridge. Meadow is passable by strollers or wheelchair up to the bridge, about a mile in, but is not officially an ADA-compliant trail.

Hillside Trail is a single-track dirt trail for 0.1mi that widens into a 2-mile fire road loop with two 100-foot hills and a small stream crossing with a wooden plank for a bridge. Brushy Peaks Trail is a rugged single-track dirt trail with 650 feet of elevation and a short section of steps.

Lower Bald Mtn Trail is a single-track gravel and dirt trail with at times, rough terrain and steps. It connects to Bald Mtn Trail, a steep, paved fire road. Vista Trail is a single-track dirt trail with at least three stretches of steep steps and at least two small seasonal water crossings without a bridge. Gray Pine, the connecting trail between Vista and Meadow Trails, has a year-round stream crossing with a board for a bridge.


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RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Mar 2 @ 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.

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.

You must have a ticket to attend, as we are limited to 40 attendees per County Health Orders. Proof of vaccination or a negative rapid test taken within the last 48 hours are also required to attend. Tickets are available at rfo.simpletix.com

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.


TICKETS

Mar
3
Sun
Trees of Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Peeling bark, flowers, berries, cones, seeds, nuts, needles, unique branch structure…trees produce a wide array of structures that makes each different and valuable to the ecosystem. Join docent Judy Withee in this exploration of some of the deciduous and evergreens of Sugarloaf on a hike over grasslands, oak forest, and riparian habitat.

Meet at the White Barn parking lot. Tickets are $10-$15 sliding scale, $5 for youth (12-17 year olds), students, Sugarloaf members, Sugarloaf volunteers, and free for children under 12. Wear layers, appropriate footwear for muddy and/or slippery trails, bring at least a quart of water, sun protection, and if desired, a snack. Heavy rain cancels. Parking fees apply.

Ease of access: The White Barn parking area has one van-accessible designated parking spot and one accessible porta-potty. There is a flat, paved 1/4 road from the parking area to the Meadow trailhead. Meadow Trail is an unpaved fire road that is mostly flat although not ADA-compliant. In the dry season, it is passable by stroller or wheelchair with off-road capability tires up to the bridge, about a mile in. Hillside Trail is a gravel and dirt road with two 100-ft hills and a small stream crossing with a board on top of it. 

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