Calendar

Oct
21
Sat
RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

-Solar Observing:  Time: 11AM – 3PM.  Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.  No Charge.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 12:00 am

-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.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.RFO in the daytime

Oct
23
Mon
RFO: The Night Sky Classes @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The three seasonal series (six classes each) are designed for everyone from total beginners to experienced amateur observers. Whether you want to learn the constellations or have a telescope and want to expand your knowledge of viewing objects, these classes have something for you.

The focus is on learning the night sky in a “geographic” sense…locating yourself in our solar system, our Milky Way and our local galaxy cluster neighborhoods!
A few constellations are introduced in each class—their myths, history and interesting stars. We also cover deep sky objects such as the beautiful nebulae and clusters that never cease to awe and amaze.

After each class (sky conditions permitting), we go outside to locate the constellations just presented. We then move to the Observatory’s telescopes to view objects within the featured constellations, until or beyond 10:30 PM (11:30 PM daylight time).

Basic topics are repeated in each series so that concepts become familiar. Persons who take all three Night Sky series (18 classes in all) will learn the entire sky viewable from our northern latitude. (The winter sky is split between the Fall and Spring Series).

Fee:

Series: $75
Single Session: $23
(available after first class of each series)

Camping: Discounted rate of $25 when attending these classes

Prices include admission to the State Park at class time.

Oct
26
Thu
Trail Clearing & Construction Day @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help us keep our trails clear of brush and free of mud and rocks and assiste with construction and maintenance projects such as painting and building repair.  Meet at the White Barn at 9:00.   Tools provided, no experience needed.  And lunch included!
Volunteers like you make the difference at Sugarloaf.
To RSVP and if you have questions email john@sonomaecologycenter.org

Oct
28
Sat
ParkRx – Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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.   Led by certified ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) practitioners.

Shinrin yoku translates as “forest bathing” or Forest Therapy, (an immersion in the beneficial influences of nature), and is a practice that originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States as well as internationally for it’s documented Health benefits. This practice takes “a walk in the woods” to another level. A very centering and calming restorative practice, promoting 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.

Check the links below for more information about the practice and in specific it’s restorative support for emotional calm, meditation, balance, blood pressure, cardio, cholesterol, sleep/anxiety, and stress reduction.

Come experience what all the interest is about. Sugarloaf State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its Parks RX program. The last Saturday of each month 9:30 to 12:30 May through November.

“I was learning to slow down and use all my senses to take in nature. After the walk, I noticed a feeling of peace and well-being.”

“What stands out the most is the shortness of the walk and the magnitude of its benefits “

“The attunement and being with nature was powerful and healing” 

“My headache went away. Everything was perfect, and the tea was so subtle and amazingly nurturing”

For tickets or more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2914032

ParkRX-sonomacounty.org

www.shinrin-yoku.org

www.natureandforesttherapy.org

This is a part of our “prescriptive series”, partnering with Kaiser, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Sutter Health and Sonoma Valley Hospital, to enhance the relationship between the health practitioners and the ParksRX special series. Bringing in a prescription from your healthcare professional waves the fee for the walks in ParksRX series.

Nov
9
Thu
Trail Clearing & Construction Day @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help us keep our trails clear of brush and free of mud and rocks and assiste with construction and maintenance projects such as painting and building repair.  Meet at the White Barn at 9:00.   Tools provided, no experience needed.  And lunch included!
Volunteers like you make the difference at Sugarloaf.
To RSVP and if you have questions email john@sonomaecologycenter.org

Nov
11
Sat
RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

-Solar Observing:  Time: 11AM – 3PM.  Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.  No Charge.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Nov 11 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 12:00 am

-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.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.RFO in the daytime

Nov
13
Mon
RFO: The Night Sky Classes @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The three seasonal series (six classes each) are designed for everyone from total beginners to experienced amateur observers. Whether you want to learn the constellations or have a telescope and want to expand your knowledge of viewing objects, these classes have something for you.

The focus is on learning the night sky in a “geographic” sense…locating yourself in our solar system, our Milky Way and our local galaxy cluster neighborhoods!
A few constellations are introduced in each class—their myths, history and interesting stars. We also cover deep sky objects such as the beautiful nebulae and clusters that never cease to awe and amaze.

After each class (sky conditions permitting), we go outside to locate the constellations just presented. We then move to the Observatory’s telescopes to view objects within the featured constellations, until or beyond 10:30 PM (11:30 PM daylight time).

Basic topics are repeated in each series so that concepts become familiar. Persons who take all three Night Sky series (18 classes in all) will learn the entire sky viewable from our northern latitude. (The winter sky is split between the Fall and Spring Series).

Fee:

Series: $75
Single Session: $23
(available after first class of each series)

Camping: Discounted rate of $25 when attending these classes

Prices include admission to the State Park at class time.

Nov
20
Mon
RFO: The Night Sky Classes @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The three seasonal series (six classes each) are designed for everyone from total beginners to experienced amateur observers. Whether you want to learn the constellations or have a telescope and want to expand your knowledge of viewing objects, these classes have something for you.

The focus is on learning the night sky in a “geographic” sense…locating yourself in our solar system, our Milky Way and our local galaxy cluster neighborhoods!
A few constellations are introduced in each class—their myths, history and interesting stars. We also cover deep sky objects such as the beautiful nebulae and clusters that never cease to awe and amaze.

After each class (sky conditions permitting), we go outside to locate the constellations just presented. We then move to the Observatory’s telescopes to view objects within the featured constellations, until or beyond 10:30 PM (11:30 PM daylight time).

Basic topics are repeated in each series so that concepts become familiar. Persons who take all three Night Sky series (18 classes in all) will learn the entire sky viewable from our northern latitude. (The winter sky is split between the Fall and Spring Series).

Fee:

Series: $75
Single Session: $23
(available after first class of each series)

Camping: Discounted rate of $25 when attending these classes

Prices include admission to the State Park at class time.