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As the practice of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” gains worldwide popularity, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park remains at the forefront, offering its powerfully therapeutic meadows, streams and oak woodlands for regular walks and hikes as part of the local ParkRx program.

This commitment earned Sugarloaf and its manager, John Roney, an honorary award during the first annual Forest Bathing International Conference, held at Sonoma State University in mid-July. Boasting more than 200 attendees from 40 countries, the conference was a big deal – and we were honored to be acknowledged before such a gathering.

“We got an award for supporting the program when it started in the U.S. in 2012 at Sugarloaf, and hosting most of the training sessions in the first few years,” John explained. “The conference was great,” he added — and for those looking to dive in to some forest bathing themselves, Sugarloaf’s next forest therapy walk is this coming Saturday (click here for tickets).

Sugarloaf hosts these walks on the third Saturday of every month as part of its ongoing participation in ParkRx. Led by certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy practitioners, the walks are designed to help people achieve greater mental and physical health through the natural therapy of the natural world.

Come try it out and see for yourself! Tickets are $20 – or free with a ParkRx prescription from a Sonoma County medical provider (click here for more info).

 

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Locals out for a hike saw them on the slopes of Montini Open Space Preserve earlier this month: several sheep (and a few goats) brought in to “reduce fuel loads” to a more manageable level.

Because Sonoma Ecology Center manages Montini for the City of Sonoma, we hired a grazing business to bring their animals to designated parts of the preserve (see this map). As Restoration Program Manager David Morgan explained, the shepherds “brought in a mix of mostly sheep and some goats. This tactic was used because sheep only feed on herbaceous material while the goats will also eat woody material.”

David also noted that “Grazing, especially in larger landscapes, is more beneficial than just mowing and can be more cost effective.” According to the city, the grazers were expected to eat about 80 percent of the grass.

It’s worth mentioning that mowing or grazing grass does not eliminate all fire risk. But the less fuel there is to ignite, the slower and lower a fire will be, giving firefighters an edge should a fire develop.

For more on making your own property more fire smart (as well as water wise and wildlife friendly), see our brochure.

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Our Summer Science Camps have been a blast – but summer’s not over yet! And we still have a few open spots in our two upcoming Creek Camps for kids ages 8-12. Scholarships are available too.

Creek Camp – from July 15-19 and again from July 29 to Aug. 2 – is a five-day exploration of the Sonoma Creek watershed at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Creek Camp transforms campers into junior scientists, starting with morning hikes on the park trails, exploring waterways for insects and amphibians, and enjoying plenty of games, arts & crafts, and storytelling.

Each camp is $260 for Sonoma Ecology Center members or $300 for non-members – and scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance. (See below for information on obtaining scholarships.) Spanish speakers are welcome.

To register for either or both Creek Camps, click here. To learn more about obtaining a scholarship, contact Tony Passantino at tony@sonomaecologycenter.org. (A scholarship application form is available here; don’t worry about the deadline, we’re extending it for this year’s Creek Camps.) For more on Sonoma Ecology Center’s Summer Science Camp offerings, click here.

See you at the creek!

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These are exciting times for our biochar program and its director, Raymond Baltar, who is currently having a minor brush with fame due to his appearance in “Ice on Fire,” an HBO documentary on climate change solutions produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Raymond doesn’t seek the spotlight, but he is always ready to discuss the merits of biochar, and HBO “is surely the biggest platform I will ever have since they are releasing the film internationally,” he said. He was interviewed for the film while working under contract with the Redwood Forest Foundation in 2017 at a biochar project near the town of Percy in Mendocino County.

Last month “Ice on Fire” was accepted into the Cannes Film Festival, and it premiered this month on HBO, which made it available for free online streaming for a limited time. (For those people unable to see the film this time around, we’re working on setting up a local screening.)

“Ice on Fire” begins with an overview of the dire problems presented by climate change. Then about a third of the way in it starts focusing on potential solutions – and that’s where Raymond appears with a five-minute discussion of biochar, a form of charcoal that can amend soil, conserve water, remove pollutants and sequester carbon.

Experts on climate change and drawdown – efforts to remove carbon from the air – are starting to notice biochar’s useful qualities. A recent U.N. IPCC Special Report named biochar production and use as one of the least expensive and most easily scalable carbon drawdown strategies that can be employed immediately.

Thanks to the film, Raymond said, “Many, many more people will now have at least heard the term, and many more discussions can be had with those willing to try it, to help fund it, or to create legislation to help scale its use.”

Closer to home, Raymond and the rest of the Sonoma Biochar Initiative crew have been prepping for a biochar forum on Wednesday, June 19, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Shone Farm Pavilion in Forestville. A number of speakers representing different aspects of the biochar world are attending, including some providing updates on state government initiatives, biochar producers, the forestry sector, and farmers.

Locals interested in acquiring some biochar for themselves are in luck: come to the weekly Harvest Market at Sonoma Garden Park for a bag of blended biochar as a thank-you gift for donations to Sonoma Ecology Center’s biochar program. A $12 donation gets you one bag, or $20 for two bags. Each 1-cubic-foot compostable bag contains 1/3 North Coast Biochar and 2/3 Grab and Grow’s Real McCoy Organic Blend Compost. Proceeds benefit Sonoma Biochar Initiative, a Sonoma Ecology Center program.

The Harvest Market is open every Saturday 9 a.m. to noon at Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7th St. East, Sonoma.

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Sonoma Ecology Center is a 29-year-old nonprofit with a mission to work with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley. We are respected throughout the North Bay and beyond for our contributions to important initiatives in land, water, biodiversity, and climate.

Each year, we provide in-depth environmental science instruction to over 1200 students, manage over 4,000 acres of public and private land including Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, raise thousands of native plants and restore critical native habitat, and provide research and technical support on timely issues affecting the region. We have over 25 professional staff and manage numerous large grants and contracts, often in partnership with other nonprofits and agencies that, by working together, significantly leverage our work and impact.

Position Summary

We are seeking bilingual candidates who are interested in conducting outreach to people in the Boyes Hot Springs community to assess community issues and needs related to water and open space. We need assistance with conducting a community needs assessments through well-organized listening sessions, meetings, public forums, and surveys.

Position Tasks Include (but are not limited to):

  • Coordinate with partner organizations and convene meetings to discuss identified issues
  • Develop marketing materials, plan outreach, gather data and submit reports
  • Conduct surveys or structured interviews in English and Spanish
  • Conduct focus group meetings in English and Spanish
  • Collate, input, and organize information gathered regarding issues that are important to the community
  • Orchestrate presentations, using maps, data, and other outreach materials to communicate with diverse audiences, including Spanish materials
  • Report on needs assessment results and next steps

Administration and Other Responsibilities

  • Accurate time management and time tracking
  • Track expenses and write reports to satisfy grant/contract requirements
  • Summarize and report outcomes to program and project managers

Qualifications and Abilities:

  • Bilingual, culturally aware, and sensitive to the needs of diverse communities
  • Comfortable speaking to people from different backgrounds
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, primarily PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
  • Experience as a Community Organizer or Spokesperson is a plus
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Sonoma Valley Watershed
  • Maintain positive relationships with numerous stakeholders, including governmental agencies, other nonprofits, community groups, educators, landowners, and volunteers
  • Ability to collaborate with SEC staff to successfully carry out cross-programmatic outreach
  • Ability to remain calm under challenging circumstances
  • Communicative, collaborative, collegial, polite, and outgoing

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Any combination of education and experience that provides the skills of reading, writing, and speaking proficiently in both English and Spanish. Community outreach experience is a plus.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers; handle or feel objects; tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop; kneel; crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

This job primarily operates in an office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.

This is a part-time, temporary position. General office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; however, this position requires evening and weekend work. This position requires frequent local travel for off-site meetings with community members and other agencies. One must be flexible in your schedule to accommodate all of these expectations.

One must maintain a current driver’s license and personal auto insurance at all times. One must have a reliable vehicle and a working cell phone.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, veteran, military status, genetic information, and marital status or familial status.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter, resume, and three references, to Celina Briggs, Human Resources Specialist, humanresources@sonomaecologycenter.org, preferably in one PDF document. No phone calls, please.

If you need assistance in the application process or during the interview process, please contact the Human Resources Department. We will try to provide reasonable accommodations when considered appropriate.

All offers of employment at Sonoma Ecology Center are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates and on all employees who are promoted, as deemed necessary. Final candidates must complete a background check authorization form and return it to Human Resources upon request.

A DMV background check is also required for this position.

Classification:                                                                                               Reports to:

Non-exempt                                                                                                  Project Manager

Part-time (10-20 hours per week)                                                    Temporary (3-6 months)

Wage range: $20-$23 per hour

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Sonoma Ecology Center is a 29-year-old nonprofit with a mission to work with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley. We are respected throughout the North Bay and beyond for our contributions to important initiatives in land, water, biodiversity, and climate.

Each year, we provide in-depth environmental science instruction to over 1200 students, manage over 4,000 acres of public and private land including Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, the Sonoma Garden Park, raise thousands of native plants and restore critical native habitat, and provide research and technical support on timely issues affecting the region. We have over 25 professional staff and manage numerous large grants and contracts, often in partnership with other nonprofits and agencies that, by working together, significantly leverage our work and impact.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to strategize, plan, structure, implement and manage a comprehensive Development Program integrated with the mission, goals, and activities of Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC). The director position will oversee and engage in donor cultivation and solicitation; be responsible for the organization’s branding, community engagement, and public relations strategies. The development director can articulate the case for financial support effectively so that potential supporters clearly understand the vision and strategy of SEC’s mission and programs.

The Director position will manage a team of three: Community Engagement & Outreach Coordinator, Volunteer & Event Coordinator, and a Development Assistant.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (include but are not limited to)  

ANNUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

  • Oversee creation and execution of the Annual Development Plan, including donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; major gifts; planned giving; business memberships and events.
  • Establish and track revenue targets for each revenue channel.
  • Develop and manage a rolling 2-year calendar of development activities to guide longer-term strategies.
  • Develop the annual department budget; monitor and compare budget to results. Provide reports to the ED and board as needed.
  • Develop and maintain a Business Partners program for sponsorships.
  • Provide Board development training as needed.

 

MAJOR GIVING

  • Implement the cultivation & solicitation strategy for major gift donors. Elements include:
    • Research and identify major gift donor prospects.
    • Develop a donor solicitation strategy for major gift prospects, using metrics to assess progress.
    • Develop and use major donor fundraising and marketing tools.
    • Weekly face-to-face meetings with donors and prospects, including the Executive Director and board members as needed.
    • Facilitate SEC Ambassador Programs – Leadership Council/Emeritus Board.

EVENTS

  • Implement a strategy for event activities internally and externally:
    • Oversight of events from start to finish, including sponsorship and food/wine solicitations, volunteer coordination, budget management, and tracking success metrics.
    • Establish an annual legacy event unique to SEC’s mission

PLANNED GIVING

  • Establish and manage an ongoing planned giving program:
    • Production of appropriate policies and guidelines.
  • Identify planned giving prospects.
  • Work closely with ED and board, and select board members to cultivate, steward, and solicit planned giving prospects.
  • Track and measure the effectiveness of messaging and marketing strategies.

 

DATABASE MANAGEMENT

  • Responsible for the development database’s integrity and the donor acknowledgment process with the help of a Development Assistant:
    • Develop and maintains database definitions, structures, and procedures.
    • Ensure accuracy of data entry and integrity of all donor information, past and present
    • Process and acknowledges all gifts within three days.
    • Oversee data entry volunteers as needed.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND OUTREACH

  • Convene regular Community Engagement (CE) team meetings.
  • Oversee the strategic planning, implementation, and administration of Community Engagement programming as it relates to and supports the Annual Development Plan
  • Work with CE team on marketing, communications, outreach, and volunteer recruitment strategies.
  • Review CE outreach materials and events for consistency with Development goals
  • Oversee production of SEC’s annual Impact Report.
  • Collaborate with SEC Program Managers to ensure funders’ community outreach goals are met.

 

ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES

  • Strong commitment to the organization’s mission
  • Demonstrated understanding of accepted principles of charitable giving, especially in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, and individual donor cultivation and solicitation
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to perform under pressure and optimize team resources to attain department and organizational goals
  • Fundraising software and tools expertise. Ability to create, generate, analyze and interpret database reports
  • Experience with marketing, communications, public relations
  • Proficient in creating and managing complex budgets
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and comfortably in ambiguous situations
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Detail-oriented, and excellent time management, prioritization, and organizational skills, to manage multiple project schedules and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to speak effectively in public
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite

ADDITIONAL COMPETENCIES (PREFERRED)

  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Foundation relationship management and grant writing experience
  • Utilization of social media tools for community engagement and donor cultivation/solicitation
  • Experience with GiftWorks donor database system

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, finance, communications, community relations or a closely related discipline
  • minimum of 5 + years related fundraising experience
  • minimum of 2+ years of management experience

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers; handle or feel objects; tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop; kneel; crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

This job primarily operates in an office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.

This is a full-time position, and general hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; however, this position requires evening and weekend work. After successful completion of the 90-day introductory period, your FSLA status will be reviewed.

This position requires frequent local travel, off-site meetings with prospective donors, lunches, evening events, fundraisers, errands, and regular attendance at Manager’s meetings, CET meetings, and Board meetings. One must be flexible in your schedule to accommodate all of these expectations.

One must maintain a current driver’s license and personal auto insurance at all times. One must have a reliable vehicle and a working cell phone.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, veteran, military status, genetic information, and marital status or familial status.

Benefits:

After successful completion of the 90-day evaluation period, full-time employees are offered the following:

Eligibility to enroll in one of two Kaiser Permanente health insurance plans, of which, SEC pays 60% of the employee’s premium (not that of dependents), paid holidays, vacation accrual, sick accrual, and the ability to enroll in a self-funded TIAA 403(B) account.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter, resume, and three references, to Celina Briggs, Human Resources Specialist, humanresources@sonomaecologycenter.org, preferably in one PDF document. No phone calls, please.

If you need assistance in the application process or during the interview process, please contact the Human Resources Department. We will try to provide reasonable accommodations when considered appropriate.

All offers of employment at Sonoma Ecology Center are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates and on all employees who are promoted, as deemed necessary. Final candidates must complete a background check authorization form and return it to Human Resources upon request.

A DMV background check is also required for this position.

Classification:                                                                                               Reports to:

Non-exempt                                                                                                  Executive Director

Full-time (40 hours per week)

Wage range: $33-$35 per hour

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The upcoming Eldridge Vision Workshop will be an important step towards guiding the future of Eldridge and the recently closed Sonoma Developmental Center.

This free community workshop, hosted by SDC Coalition, is Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Hanna Boys Center auditorium. Children are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

Speakers at the event will include Supervisor Susan Gorin, SEC Executive Director Richard Dale, Permit Sonoma Deputy Director Milan Nevajda, Tracy Salcedo of Glen Ellen Forum, and Mickey Cooke of Sonoma Mountain Preservation.

SDC Coalition is looking for more community feedback on the future of Eldridge – and crafting a vision statement to help guide that future. According to the group, “The vision statement and guiding principles, provided in advance for your consideration, were distilled from input gathered over the past five years and are intended to help guide Sonoma County and California officials throughout transition and into the future. Your comments and feedback are welcomed and important!”

A draft of the vision statement is available here.

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Sonoma Ecology Center is thrilled to be named Nonprofit of the Year by state Sen. Bill Dodd in acknowledgment of our 30-year history of environmental stewardship in Sonoma Valley and, most recently, for our leadership role in post-fire recovery and the closure of SDC. Thank you Sen. Dodd!

An awards ceremony was held in Sacramento on June 5, and Sonoma Ecology Center Executive Director Richard Dale and board president David Morell traveled to the Capitol to receive the honor alongside other recipients from around the state.

Dodd’s office picked a top nonprofit from each of the six counties in his district, and selected Sonoma Ecology Center as top among them. In total only 100 nonprofits, out of more than 75,000 in California, are selected each year.

Dale underscored the importance of community involvement to Sonoma Ecology Center’s successes, noting that “Decades of stewarding Sonoma Valley and our commitment to understanding its evolving issues allows us to bring people together to find the best solutions to complex problems.”

Sonoma Ecology Center is a 30-year-old nonprofit in Sonoma Valley that takes a holistic, community-based approach to environmental stewardship. Focus areas include streamflow and water quality, habitat enhancement, species diversity, science education and sustainability. Our educators provide free K-6 education to Sonoma Valley students, paid internships to high schoolers, and California Naturalist courses for adults. Our researchers monitor streams, guide citizen science projects and study and develop a variety of solutions to environmental problems. Our restoration specialists curb invasive species and soil erosion while restoring streambanks, meadows and hillsides. Behind the scenes, our executive leadership advocates for key open space and habitat protections in Sonoma Valley, from the Sonoma Wildlife Corridor to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park to Sonoma Developmental Center.

“I am constantly amazed at the impact Richard Dale and his group have had on our community,” Dodd said in a statement. “They’ve shown time and again their commitment to environmental stewardship while keeping the best interests of the public in mind. They are a model for others to follow.”

The annual awards ceremony is organized by the California Association of Nonprofits to draw attention to the invaluable contributions nonprofits make to California’s economy and society. According to the group, nonprofits are the fourth-largest industry in the state by employment, generating well over $200 billion in annual revenues.

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Memorial Day was especially memorable for us fans of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, as the park celebrated 50 years of being open to the public. Many people joined us throughout the day, taking part in guided nature hikes and history hikes, great food, and a lovely reunion event during which park leaders old and new recalled a half-century of improvements, challenges and successes.

Those challenges included two recent closures, and Sonoma Ecology Center played a central role in both reopenings. In 2011, a budget shortfall led the California State Parks system to shutter several of its parks, including Sugarloaf. In answer to this problem, Sonoma Ecology Center formed Team Sugarloaf – a group of five nonprofits with SEC as the lead entity – and took over operations under the auspices of State Parks, allowing Sugarloaf to reopen the following year.

The second closure followed the historic fires of October 2017, which burned more than three-quarters of the park. Multiple trails, bridges and other structures needed rebuilding, and Sonoma Ecology Center – with the indispensable help of donors and our tireless volunteers – got it done, fully reopening the park within a year at a fraction of the estimated cost.

Today Sugarloaf is thriving – in fact we’re expanding its services, including a Spanish-language program, Senderos Naturales, that brings underrepresented minorities out into nature. We’re also continuing our fantastic Summer Science Camps, California Naturalist classes and other educational opportunities at Sugarloaf, as well as our science-based monitoring and stewardship of the park’s many waterways (which form the headwaters of Sonoma Creek), and much more.

All that is reason to celebrate, so celebrate we did last Monday, May 27, with local leaders in attendance including Supervisor Susan Gorin. Delicious food was provided by the Tri Tip Trolley, and beer and wine were donated by Henhouse Brewery and St. Francis Winery.

Of course those services aren’t free – and ever since Team Sugarloaf reopened the park in 2012, Sugarloaf has received no direct funding from the state or federal government. Today it runs on it runs on individual donations, memberships, and visitor fees.

Click here to become a member and help Sugarloaf continue its valuable services

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Guided hikes, down-home barbecue and a Sugarloaf Reunion are among the Memorial Day festivities planned for Sugarloaf Ridge State Park’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, happening all day at the park on Monday, May 27.

Sugarloaf became part of the California State Park system in 1964, and fully opened to the public during a Memorial Day Weekend celebration in 1969.

Over the next 40 years, State Parks expanded Sugarloaf’s trails, built campgrounds and an amphitheater, added more land and crafted a master plan. The park now encompasses over 4,000 acres in northern Sonoma Valley. It hosts 25 miles of hiking trails offering diverse experiences from panoramic vistas to redwood canyons with a 25-foot waterfall. It hosts the Robert Ferguson Observatory, one of the largest volunteer-run astronomical observatories in the world. It also protects habitat for its abundant native species, from rare wildflowers to black bears, and contains several streams, including the headwaters of Sonoma and Santa Rosa creeks.

Following the Recession of 2008, the State Parks system was hobbled by a statewide financial crisis, and Sugarloaf became one of over 70 parks slated for closure. It was eventually closed in November, 2011. In response, local leaders and communities banded together to form Team Sugarloaf, a consortium of five nonprofits led by Sonoma Ecology Center, which successfully reopened the park in 2012 and has operated it since.

The 2017 North Bay fires burned over 75 percent of the park, damaging the campground, bridges, residences and other park infrastructure. Team Sugarloaf, the State, and hundreds of volunteers worked tirelessly to restore the park, and services were fully reopened in late 2018.

This month Sugarloaf is proudly celebrating a half-century of improvements to its services and infrastructure, as well as the community success story of its reopening. A remembrance of this rich history by park experts and local leaders, including Supervisor Susan Gorin, will take place during a Sugarloaf Reunion event from 3 to 5 p.m.

“For 50 years Sugarloaf has been part of our community, and it has changed and adapted with the times,” said Richard Dale, executive director of Sonoma Ecology Center. “We’re eager to join local leaders and members of the public on Memorial Day as we remember the past and celebrate the present – and the future.”

The Sugarloaf 50th Anniversary Memorial Day events are as follows:

  • Family Nature Hike, 10-11:30 a.m. – meet at the Visitor Center for a family-friendly 1.5-mile walk led by our amazing naturalists
  • Solar Viewing, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – at Robert Ferguson Observatory
  • Tips Roadside Trolley, 1-5 p.m. – barbeque food truck will be at the Group Campground selling tri-tip and other meals; complimentary beverages will be available thanks to our generous sponsors
  • History Hike, 2-3:30 p.m. – meet at the Group Campground for a hike exploring Sugarloaf’s rich history, led by retired Senior State Archeologist Breck Parkman
  • Sugarloaf Reunion, 3-5 p.m. – begins with refreshments and a gathering of local leaders and people who have lived and worked in the park over the years; remembrances start at 4 p.m.

No RSVP is needed for any of these events except the Sugarloaf Reunion. For that event, please RSVP via our events page at sonomaecologycenter.org/events or CLICK HERE.

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