Events

  • 16 Nov, 21
    Mexican Ranchos: A Chapter of California History at Petaluma Adobe

    Mexican Ranchos: A Chapter of California History at Petaluma Adobe

    The rancho period marks the end of the mission era in Alta California and the beginning of international commerce.  Travel back in time to Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park to learn more about this chapter in California history!

    This virtual program is geared for 4th graders but everyone is welcome.

    Space is limited. Sign up at: www.ports-ca.us

  • 11 Dec, 21
    Holidays on the Northern Frontier

    Holidays on the Northern Frontier

    Come stroll through the decorated buildings at Sonoma State Historic Park in the evening, from 5 to 8 pm. The Mission, Barracks and Toscano Hotel will be open, and the Gift Store will be open for shopping.  This is a free event and all current COVID-19 protocols will be followed.  

  • 27 Nov, 21
    Afternoon Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Our hike shifts to early afternoon now that we are in the Fall season. The hike explores the lower Montini Preserve Trail.  Experience history, nature, and community lead by a Park Interpretive Specialist. This slow-paced hike is a little over one mile in length with minor elevation changes. Sturdy shoes and water recommended).  Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.  All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed. Steady rain cancels.

  • 20 Nov, 21
    Hands on History: Make an ornament at the Vallejo Home

    Hands on History: Make an ornament at the Vallejo Home

    11:00am – 3:00pm. In the 1800s, Christmas trees were simply decorated. Learn more about holiday traditions and create your own ornament to take home. Join us for this drop-in activity. Free with paid admission to the park, rain, or shine.

  • 13 Nov, 21
    Campfire Program Sonoma

    Campfire Program Sonoma

    Come join in for our pre-Thanksgiving program! This is an experience that’s fun for everyone!  Enter through the wooden gates and proceed into the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard for a short educational talk, great songs, and a tasty marshmallow roast! All ages welcome, free of charge.

  • 9 Nov, 21
    “Promoting Our Parks” KSVY 91.3 FM Interview

    “Promoting Our Parks” KSVY 91.3 FM Interview

    Listen in as Park Interpretive Specialist shares information about the park’s upcoming programs, activities, special events, and interesting facts of our State’s wonderful parks.

  • 6 Nov, 21
    Hands on History: Candle Making in the Mission Courtyard

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Candles provided light before electricity. Learn about the materials used for candles in the mission era and make one to take home. This activity will take place on the hour (11am, 12 pm, 1pm, and 2pm). It is designed for the 4th grade student studying California History. Free with paid admission to the park, rain, or shine.

  • 6 Nov, 21
    Exploring the Seasonal Marshlands of the Park

    Grasslands / Open Space SSHP

    Explore the park’s open space as it turns to natural wetlands. Discover what plant and aquatic life exist in the vernal pond areas. Look for the State Park vehicle along the bike path offof 3rd Street West.  This roving program runs continuously between noon and 3pm. Suggested:  Rain boots or waterproof shoes. This free event is part of the California State Parks Junior Ranger program. No reservation required. Steady rain cancels.

  • 16 Oct, 21
    Mission Sheep

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Join us for these drop-in activities designed for the 4th grade student studying California History. Free with paid admission to the park, rain or shine. Practice with tools to create yarn and learn the importance of sheep at a mission.  In the mission courtyard, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

  • 30 Oct, 21
    Costume Campfire Program

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Join us for some fun at our special spooky campfire program.  Kids are encouraged to come in costume. We will have a short ghostly talk and a song or two but not scary…  and a tasty marshmallow roast too!! Enter through the wooden gates and proceed into the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard.  All ages welcome, free of charge. 

  • 23 Oct, 21
    Night Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Our evening hikes continue into the Fall season. The hike explores the lower Montini Preserve Trail.  Experience history, nature, and community lead by Park Interpretive Specialist “Ranger Dave”.  This slow-paced hike is a little over one mile in length with minor elevation changes.  Sturdy shoes and water recommended (kids can bring a flashlight).  Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.  All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed. 

  • 16 Oct, 21
    Campfire Program Sonoma

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Come out to our first Fall program! This is an experience that’s fun for everyone!  Enter through the wooden gates and proceed into the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard for a short educational talk, great songs, and a tasty marshmallow roast! All ages welcome, free of charge. 

  • 2 Oct, 21
    Hands on History

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Join us for these drop-in activities designed for the 4th grade student studying California History. Free with paid admission to the park, rain or shine. Crops & Food of the Missions. Play a game to find the origins of the crops grown at the mission and what was traditional food at the missions.  11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Mission Courtyard.

  • 7 Sep, 21
    Tuesday Sonoma Market Nights

    Tuesday Sonoma Market Nights

     Stop by and explore our exhibit table and see what’s happening in our beautiful Sonoma State Parks and beyond!  We will have our Junior Ranger Program offering educational and fun activities for kids along with regular educational topics such as:  wild animals, park activities, fire ecology and general information. Sonomie Bear will also be on hand with a BIG smile for the little ones and everyone!

  • 3 Sep, 21
    Campfire Program Sonoma

    Campfire Program Sonoma

    Join us for our last program for the Summer! This is an experience that’s fun for everyone!  Enter through the wooden gates and proceed into the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard for a short educational talk, great songs, and a tasty marshmallow roast! All ages welcome, free of charge. 

  • 11 Sep, 21
    Zoom Lecture, "The Northwestern Pacific Railroad Serving the Valley of the Moon"

    Zoom Lecture, “The Northwestern Pacific Railroad Serving the Valley of the Moon”

    Travel back in time with Fred Codoni and ride the Northwestern Pacific Railroad from the Ferry Building in San Francisco to Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley. Learn about the heavy freight trains that passed through Schellville and the service provided to resorts in the Valley. Fred has an extensive collection of railroad photos and ephemera that he will share with us.

    Fred Codoni is a fourth generation Marin County resident and has long ties to railroading. He has worked for the Northwestern Pacific and Southern Pacific railway companies and serves as editor of “The Headlight” and “The Northwesterner” for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society. He is a member of the Western Railway Museum at Rio Vista Junction (Solano County) and is engineer/motorman/conductor for that group’s standard-gauge electric equipment. 

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  • 25 Sep, 21
    Night Hike

    Grasslands / Open Space SSHP

    Our end of summer hike begins with an evening adventure along the lower Montini Preserve Trail.  Experience history, nature, and community lead by Park Interpretive Specialist “Ranger Dave”.  This slow-paced hike is a little over one mile in length with minor elevation changes.  Sturdy shoes and water recommended (kids can bring a flashlight).  Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.  All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed.

  • 7 Sep, 21
    “Promoting Our Parks” KSVY 91.3 FM Interview

    “Promoting Our Parks” KSVY 91.3 FM Interview

    Listen in as Park Interpretive Specialist shares information about the park’s upcoming programs, activities, special events, and interesting facts of our State’s wonderful parks.

  • 28 Oct, 21
    SPParks Lecture in Sonoma Mission Chapel, “Pomo and Wappo Basketry”

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Clint McKay, Pomo/Wappo basket maker will display his baskets and speak to us about the artistry and cultural significance of baskets in the lives of indigenous people. Clint is Indigenous Education Coordinator and Native Advisory Council Chair at Pepperwood Preserve, and has spoken about and displayed Pomo basketry at numerous locations throughout Sonoma County.

    Since August 16, his baskets have been on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, as part of an exhibition that explores the intercultural exchange between the Indigenous Pomo community of Elem at Clear Lake in Northern California and French-born and -trained American artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889). This show will move to the De Young Museum in San Francisco in December.

    The Museum website states,

    … in 1874, the Pomo peoples had for decades suffered the consequences of White settlement, …Yet in the face of colonialism, Pomo communities developed strategies of resistance and endurance that persist today. Innovation and adaptation are evident in their basketry—the art form for which the Pomo peoples are best known. The historical and contemporary examples here, including baskets by Clint McKay (Dry Creek Pomo/Wappo/Wintun), celebrate the resiliency of Indigenous Pomo peoples and highlight their continued cultural presence.”

    Thursday evening lectures are once again being held at the Sonoma Mission Chapel.  Masks are required. Admission fee is $10 general public, $5 SPParks members, and free to Sonoma State Historic Park docents.

  • 7 Oct, 21
    SPParks lecture, “California’s First Windmills: Light Industry at a 19th Century Russian Settlement in Sonoma County”

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Dr. Glenn Farris, retired  CA Senior State Parks Archaeologist, has 30 years of experience working on historic sites throughout California, including several of the California Missions. He led a 1981 excavation at Fort Ross and is the author of  So Far From Home:  Russians in Early California. In this lecture he will give us his insights into early commercial activities at Fort Ross.

    Fort Ross was occupied by the Russian American Company from 1812 to 1841. It was meant to be largely self-sufficient, but also to provide foodstuffs, building materials and goods to support the RAC outposts in Alaska. To accomplish this, four mills — including two windmills — were constructed as well as threshing floors, a Scottish mechanical thresher, brick kilns, tannery vats, shipbuilding structures and other elements of light industry.

    Thursday evening lectures are held at the Sonoma Mission Chapel. Following State Parks protocols, masks are required upon  entry.  Admission fee will be $10 general public, $5 SPParks members, and free to Sonoma State Historic Park docents.  

    Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact Sonoma State Historic Park at (707) 938-9547. 711, TTY relay service.

  • 16 Sep, 21
    SPParks lecture, "Trees of Change: Oaks, Redwoods and North Bay Native Americans"

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    What would the history of North Bay Native Americans look like through the lens of two iconic California trees? What is a heritage oak and what truly is an “old growth” redwood? Nick Heitkamp, Park Interpretive Specialist, will present the story of how Pomo, Coast Miwok and Wappo people managed oaks and redwoods over time as a way to examine colonization, conservation, and the revitalization of indigenous cultures. Come learn about how the human-centered history of these two trees, with a special focus on Sonoma State Historic Park, holds valuable lessons for solving current issues like suburban sprawl and climate change.

    This Thursday evening lecture is scheduled to be held in the Sonoma Mission Chapel, masks will be required. Check back on this website, or call 707-938-9560, for any updates on protocols for this indoor gathering. Admission fee will be $10 general public, $5 SPParks members, and free to Sonoma State Historic Park docents.