Sonoma State Historic Park Association 20 E Spain St, Sonoma, CA95476 In cooperation with the California State Park Association, the Sonoma State Historic Park Association preserves and…More illuminates upon Sonoma and Petaluma's history. The non profit aims to retell the events that predate the Golden State's rich history. Membership offers discounts to local events and activities sponsored by the association.
This office is in charge of managing the Sonoma State Historic Parks, with sites in Sonoma and Petaluma. In Sonoma…More there are 6 historic parks: The Mission San Francisco Solano, the Sonoma Barracks, the Servents Quarters (behind the Barracks), the Blue Wing Inn, the Toscano Hotel and the Vallejo Home. The Vallejo Home is located a little under a mile to the west, on West Spain street, the rest of the sites are gathered around the Plaza. </p>
<p>The site manages a tourist office, gift shops (in the Mission and Baracks) and leads tours. The sites are a history-lesson mainstay in both regional and local school programs; they host school tours 4 days a week, and run an enviornmental studies program, and a historic crafts program for 4th graders. The site runs a popular volunteer program, that provides docent led tours, a garden group, maitenence for the parks, and a community bike patrol to support the rangers. The Parks team is currently developing an "Interprative Plan" to direct the historic renovations of the sites.</p>
Sonoma Ecology Center 20 E Spain St, Sonoma, CA95476 For 20 years the Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) has been engaging in activities realize its mission of "working with [the]…More community to enhance and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley." The ecologically unifying characteristic about the Sonoma Valley is that it is a watershed, or a ridge-line, encircled basin with creeks and streams all replenished by rainfall within that area--and all being fed by or feeding each other. The SEC focuses a lot of its research, mapping, restoration and education on the Sonoma Valley watershed and water table. A big part of the group's work involves the community. Educational outings and lectures are listed on the website, along with information about K-12 Watershed Education and the Enviro-Leaders program for youth ages 14-18. The Sonoma Garden Park is run by the SEC and offers a garden camp, volunteer days, community garden plots, a harvest market, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, gardening workshops, and occasional celebrations. The SEC office is located in the downtown Sonoma State Historic Park and is not staffed at regular hours. The best way to get involved is to check the website or visit the Sonoma Garden Park during volunteer days: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Garden is on 7th street, just past MacArthur.
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, CA95452 Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is an expansive 3,900-acre area overlooking the North Bay featuring more than 25 miles of…More hiking trails, a campground with 47 campsites, streams and waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife. It also features an astronomy observatory and educational visitors' center dedicated to public education about the local habitats, the greater environment and beyond. This park is managed by Team Sugarloaf and Sonoma Ecology Center in Partnership with California State Parks.
State of California Silverado Sector 363 3rd St W, Sonoma, CA95476 The State of California Silverado Sector is a regional organization that oversees the maintenance of national parks in…More California. It has an office in Sonoma, just off the square, behind the Barracks on West Spain Street, and maintains the park property behind the Vallejo home. The Silverado Sector can be contacted by e-mail or phone to reserve state parks for weddings, parties and private events.
Perched on the edge of the Sonoma State Park, Congregation Shir Shalom serves the Jewish community of Sonoma. Its…More mission is to provide Sonoma with a "strong, stable, growing and vital home of Jewish life." The synagogue offers a variety of social services, including regular gatherings and member clubs, a comprehensive youth education program, service opportunities and adult education and personal development classes.</p>
<p>Interfaith relations are very important for the congregation, which shares its large leafy campus with the First Congressional Church and is very active in interfaith dialogue around town. The congregation is led by Rabbi Bella Bogart, a recognized musician, who has released 7 CDs of Jewish folk music.</p>