Events

  • 19 Jul, 24
    Twilight Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Our monthly hike is an evening adventure in the summer season! The walk 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. Kids can bring a flashlight!

    Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West at 7pm.  Hike gets underway at 7:15pm. All ages welcome. Free of charge, no reservation needed.

  • 2 Jul, 24
    “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 about your California State Parks.

  • 15 Aug, 24
  • 8 Aug, 24
    Music in the Mission - Big Luv Band

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 12 Jun, 24
    CA State Parks Week - Celebrate Community and Culture

    CA State Parks Week – Celebrate Community and Culture

    June Kicks off State Parks Week June 12-16, 2024.

    Visit:   CaStateParksWeek.org for more information.

  • 15 Jun, 24
    Fire Prevention-Safety Day at Sonoma Historic Park

    La Casa Grande Servants’ Quarters

    Our special guests will be CAL FIRE. They are bringing out some heavy equipment for this event.  The large vehicle will be a tractor-trailer with a Fire (Bull) Dozer. A wildfire engine and hand crew will also be demonstrating how they run hose, “charge the line” and put water on a simulated grass fire and more! This is a free event program. No reservation required. Kids will be able to use a fire hose too!  The program will be in the Casa Grande courtyard and in the rear parking lot. 11 am – 3 pm.  Possible other special guests!

     

  • 6 Jun, 24
    Music in the Mission - Tim Long & the Role Models

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 20 Jun, 24
    Lecture - Breck Parkman "The California Serengeti"

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 2 Jun, 24
    Toscano Tea - SPParks Fundraiser

    The Toscano Hotel

  • 25 May, 24
    Living History Day - Petaluma Adobe CANCELLED

    Petaluma Adobe

    We regret to announce that the annual Living History Day at the Petaluma Adobe has been cancelled this year.

    Rancho Petaluma staff and SPParks volunteers will look forward to hosting you at our Fandango in September,, 2024.

  • 13 Jul, 24
    Campfire Program Sonoma

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Summer is here and celebrate it with our entertaining campfire program with songs and marshmallow roast. 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, singing a few traditional tunes, and a tasty marshmallow/s’mores roast!  All ages welcome, free of charge.

  • 16 May, 24
    Lecture - Arthur Dawson "Sonoma After the Mission"

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 4 May, 24
    Children's Day

    The Sonoma Barracks

  • 2 May, 24
    Music in the Mission - Carlos Herrera Trio

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 27 Apr, 24
    Sheep Shearing Day

    Petaluma Adobe

    (Note: free parking in the lower lot and a short walk up to the program)

  • 7 Apr, 24
    Seasonal Marshlands of the Park

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Explore the park’s open space as it turns into natural wetlands. Discover what plant and aquatic life exist in the vernal pond areas. Look for the State Park vehicle along the bike path off 3rd Street West.  This roving program runs continuously between 11am and 2 pm. Suggested:  Rain boots or waterproof shoes. This is a free event program. No reservation required. Steady rain cancels. State Parks Junior Ranger Program.

     

  • 20 Apr, 24
    Butter & Egg Days Parade

    Butter & Egg Days Parade

    SPParks volunteers and Petaluma Adobe SHP staff  are joining together to participate in the Butter & Egg Days Parade in Downtown Petaluma, Saturday, April 20th, 2024. 

    Our float entry (SHP truck with side rails) will consist of recyclable material in creative representations of the Petaluma Adobe. Sheep, Cattle, Chickens, Horses and Vaqueros will be there. You should be there, too. See you in Petaluma!

  • 4 Apr, 24
    Music in The Mission

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 23 Mar, 24
    Bat Night at the Barracks

    The Sonoma Barracks

     Courtyard/AV room.

  • 21 Mar, 24
  • 7 Mar, 24
    Music in the Mission - Golden State Revue

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 10 Feb, 24
    Late Morning Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    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 up at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.   All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed. Steady rain cancels.

  • 15 Feb, 24
    Lecture - England Reaches California in 1579

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 18 Jan, 24
  • 1 Feb, 24
    Music in the Mission - Josh Yenne

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 20 Jan, 24
    Afternoon Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    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 up at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.   All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed. Steady rain cancels.

  • 24 Dec, 23
    Living Nativity Scene

    La Casa Grande Servants’ Quarters

    Join us for a special program community event on Christmas Eve afternoon. There will be live animals consisting of a sheep, goat, donkey and maybe even a camel?!  Also, live role players around the manger. The gathering will take place in the Casa Grande courtyard located at 20 East Spain Street in Sonoma.  All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed.

  • 16 Dec, 23
    Campfire Program Sonoma

    The Sonoma Barracks

    “It was the two weeks before Christmas, and all through the park, the campfire was lit right before dark”!  Come join in for our pre-Christmas program!  Enter through the wooden gates and proceed into the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard. Share some holiday cheer with some Christmas songs and holiday marshmallow treats around a warm fire! Free of charge.

  • 5 Dec, 23
    Promoting Our Parks - KSVY 91.3 FM Interview

    Promoting Our Parks – KSVY 91.3 FM Interview

    Listen to KSVY 91.3 FM as a Park Interpretive Specialist shares information about the park’s upcoming programs, activities, special events, and interesting facts of our State’s wonderful parks.

  • 9 Dec, 23
    Holidays on the Northern Frontier

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Sonoma Petaluma Parks Association (SPParks) and Sonoma State Historic Park are grateful for the generous support of this event by the Sonoma Tourism Improvement District.

     

  • 24 Nov, 23
    Hike after Thanksgiving!

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Need to get a little exercise after the holiday? Join us for our “day after Thanksgivinghike as it shifts to earlier time 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 welcome, free of charge, no reservation needed. Steady rain cancels.

  • 9 Nov, 23
    Music in the Mission - Jazelle

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 12 Nov, 23
    Victorian Christmas Crafts Workshop

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

  • 15 Nov, 23
  • 28 Oct, 23
    Costume Campfire Program

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Join us for some fun at our special spooky campfire program.  Kids (and adults) are encouraged to come in costume. We will have a short ghostly talk and a little scary song for you and a tasty marshmallow roast too!! Enter through the wooden gates and proceed into the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard.  All ages welcome, free of charge.

  • 21 Oct, 23
    Nighttime Tour of the Vallejo Home

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

  • 19 Oct, 23
    Lecture - Vallejo Family in Transition 1846-1888

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 5 Oct, 23
  • 7 Sep, 23
    Music in the Mission - The Big Luv Band

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 10 Sep, 23
    Twilight Nature Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Join us for our monthly dusk hike with an evening adventure on 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. Kids can bring a flashlight!   Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.   All ages welcome. Free of charge, no reservation needed.

  • 14 Sep, 23
    Lecture - Black Bears in Sonoma County

    The Sonoma Barracks

  • 21 Sep, 23
    Lecture-Sonoma 1823-1841 Cultural Hub at Russian Border

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 23 Sep, 23
    Fandango at the Petaluma Adobe

    Petaluma Adobe

  • 12 Aug, 23
    Nature and Community Fair

    La Casa Grande Servants’ Quarters

    Live owls, bats, and music!  California State Parks is hosting a Nature and Community Fair event.  Explore over twenty exhibits and tables in the Casa Grande area. All ages welcome.  Free of charge.   The event will take place at 20 East Spain Street, Sonoma.

  • 10 Aug, 23
    SVHS Lecture - California Gold Rush Journal of Lewis Meyer

    SVHS Lecture – California Gold Rush Journal of Lewis Meyer

  • 17 Aug, 23
    Adobe Brick Do It Yourself

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Learn the process of making an adobe brick, literally one of the main building blocks of California. Guests will be guided by a State Park Interpretive Specialist, and will be able to get hands-on and make their own brick! Barracks Courtyard, 11 am – 3:30 pm. FREE

  • 11 Aug, 23
    Sun Printing at the Vallejo Home

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Learn to identify plants and flowers from M.G. Vallejo’s historic home and gardens, while creating your own botanical sun print using the power of the sun! All ages welcome! Sun Printing activity, guided by a State Park Interpretive Specialist, included in park admission fee. Drop in at any time from 11am-4pm.

  • 9 Aug, 23
    Art Among the Adobes

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Learn how to draw and paint the California wild rose like a naturalist while learning about its botanical and medicinal properties.  Create a lifelike botanical illustration of the California wild rose using pencil, watercolor pencils, brushes, and rose-scented water!  Save your work for a nature journal!  Enter Mission San Francisco Solano and proceed to the courtyard. All ages welcome.  Painting activity, led by a State Park Interpretive Specialist, 11 am – 1 pm, AND 2 pm – 4 pm, included with park admission fee.

  • 1 Aug, 23
    Wool Washing and Spinning at the Mission

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Wool washing is the process of cleaning wool garments without damaging the fibers. Visit Mission San Francisco Solano to learn from a State Park Interpretive Specialist about the historic process of washing, drying, spinning and dying wool. Drop in 11 am – 4 pm. Included in park admission fee.

  • 14 Jun, 23
    CA State Parks Week - Explore New Experiences

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Join Sonoma State Historic Park staff for a 30-minute guided tour focused on the history of the Barracks as a military post under three independent countries: Mexico, the California Republic, and the United States. Tours offered at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm at the Barracks.

    Also at the Barracks, hear a 15-minute talk that retells the story of the Bear Flag Revolt and how the California state flag came to look the way it does today. Talks offered at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm.

    Explore even more New Experiences at the Petaluma Adobe. Tours and other opportunities open from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

  • 15 Jun, 23
    Lecture - Waking Up To Our Own History

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 18 May, 23
    Lecture: The Chinese in Wine Country

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 11 May, 23
    Lecture: Gabriel Moraga: Spanish Explorer of the North Bay

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Sonoma Valley Historical Society presents a lecture about Gabriel Moraga and his explorations of the area north of San Francisco Bay, by Damian Bacich.

    Damian Bacich, PhD, is a professor of World Languages and Literature at San Jose State University. He is founder of California Frontier Project,  a website devoted to providing well-researched information about the Golden State’s early heritage, from the time of its native peoples until U.S. statehood. https://www.californiafrontier.net/

    The lecture is from 7 pm to 8 pm in the Sonoma Mission. Admission is free.

  • 11 Jul, 23
    Tuesday Market Nights in Sonoma Plaza

    The Sonoma Plaza

    Join us at the Tuesday Market in the Plaza! Come by and explore our exhibit and information tables to see what’s happening in our beautiful Sonoma State Historic Park and beyond! We will have our Junior Ranger Program offering various educational and fun activities for kids along with our regular topics such as: State Parks, wild animals, fire ecology and much more.  Our mascot:  Sonomie Bear will also be on hand with a BIG smile for everyone!  Tuesday Evenings, May – October.

  • 29 Apr, 23
    Children's Day

    The Sonoma Barracks

  • 13 Apr, 23
    Beebe & Senkewicz Lecture

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 22 Apr, 23
    Earth Day at Sonoma State Historic Park

    Earth Day at Sonoma State Historic Park

    Come out and celebrate Earth Day and learn about how we can protect and enjoy our natural environments in our area and beyond.  Our table and exhibit will be set up at 20 East Spain Street in front of the park office. There is no charge for the program.

  • 8 Apr, 23
    Sheep Shearing Day 2023

    Petaluma Adobe

  • 2 Apr, 23
    Seasonal Marshlands of the Park

    Seasonal Marshlands of the Park

    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 off of 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.

  • 23 Mar, 23
    Lecture - Living with Lions

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 16 Mar, 23
    Lecture - Women Pioneer Historians of Sonoma

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 21 May, 23
    Afternoon Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    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. 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 welcome. Free of charge, no reservation needed. 

  • 7 Feb, 23
    “Promoting Our Parks” KSVY 91.3 FM Interview

    “Promoting Our Parks” KSVY 91.3 FM Interview

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

  • 19 Jan, 23
    Lecture Series - Lee Panich

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Upcoming Event

    Native Californians and the Collapse of the Bay Area Missions

  • 24 Dec, 22
    Living Nativity Manger

    La Casa Grande Servants’ Quarters

    Join us for a special program on Christmas Eve afternoon, 3:00 to 5:00 pm. There will be live animals consisting of a: sheep, goat, donkey and maybe even a camel?! Also, and live role players around the manger. The scene will take place in the Casa Grande courtyard located at 20 East Spain Street in Sonoma. All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed.

  • 10 Dec, 22
    Campfire Sing Along

    The Sonoma Barracks

    “It was the two weeks before Christmas, and all through the park, the campfire was lit right before dark”! Come join us for our Christmas sing along during our Holidays on the Northern Frontier program. We’ll start at 5:30 pm and continue into the evening. Enter through the wooden gates and proceed into the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard. Share some holiday cheer with some Christmas songs and holiday treats around a warm fire!

  • 10 Dec, 22
    Holidays on the Northern Frontier

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 19 Nov, 22
    Christmas at the Mission Ticket Giveaway

    Mission San Francisco Solano

  • 9 Nov, 22
    SPParks Annual General Meeting

    SPParks Annual General Meeting

  • 13 Nov, 22
    31st Annual Christmas Crafts Workshop

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

  • 29 Oct, 22
    Costume Campfire Program

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Join us for some fun at our special spooky campfire program.  Kids (and adults) are encouraged to come in costume. We will have a short ghostly talk and as sort of scary song and a tasty marshmallow roast too!! Enter through the wooden gates and proceed into the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard.  All ages welcome, free of charge.

  • 22 Oct, 22
    Nighttime Tour of the Vallejo Home

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Our first ever nighttime tour of General Vallejo’s home!  Two tours will be conducted on Saturday evening at 6PM and 8PM.  There will also be a bat-making table for the kids where they can learn about these little creatures that live around the property.

    Tickets are advanced purchase prior to the event at the Sonoma Mission Chapel located at 114 East Spain Street. $3.00 adults and $2.00 kids.  Under age 6 free. Note: There will be a limited number of tickets available. The Vallejo Home is located at the end of 3rd Street West.  All ages welcome.   

  • 14 Oct, 22
    Evening Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Join us for our last nighttime hike of the year. 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.

  • 8 Oct, 22
    Vintage Festival

    The Sonoma Plaza

    State Parks will have a table set up in Plaza Park with educational and fun activities for kids and adults too!  Stop by and see what we have at our exhibit across from City Hall and behind the amp theater.

  • 17 Nov, 22
    The Ranch of Good Intentions, The Legacy of Jack London's Beauty Ranch

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Chuck Levine and his wife, Elisa Stancil Levine, will share rarely seen images of Jack London’s Beauty Ranch from the early 20th century. Chuck will discuss London’s entrepreneurial efforts, including his agricultural legacy at the “Ranch of Good Intentions.” Elisa will reveal how strong relationships and pure grit helped the ranch enterprise prevail after London’s untimely death at 40 in 1916.

    Chuck and Elisa live adjacent to the park and are long time volunteers at Jack London State Park. When the state announced the park would close due to lack of funds both were on the board of the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association and helped hammer out the contract to operate the park. Elisa spent three years researching the book, Jack London State Historic Park.

    The lecture starts at 7PM in the Sonoma Mission Chapel, 114 East Spain Street, Sonoma. Admission at the door is, $10 for the general public, $5 for SPParks members, free for docents and parks staff. California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact Sonoma State Historic Park at (707) 938-9547. 

     

  • 24 Sep, 22
    Twilight Nature Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Kick of Fall with a walk that 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). Kids can bring a flashlight!   Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West at 5:45pm.   All ages welcome. Free of charge, no reservation needed.

  • 17 Sep, 22
    Campfire Program Sonoma

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Come welcome the beginning of the Fall season at our campfire program with songs and marshmallow roast. 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, singing a few traditional tunes, and a tasty marshmallow/s’mores roast! All ages welcome, free of charge.

  • 6 Aug, 22
    Nature and Community Festival

    La Casa Grande Servants’ Quarters

    California State Parks will be hosting a Nature and Community Festival on Saturday, August 6th, 2022.  There will be more than a dozen organizations and agencies exhibiting their information and activities.  Also, live birds and raptors will be on display for you to get a closeup view of these beautiful animals!  This is an opportunity to meet local and national non-profit nature organizations and your local county and state agencies.

    There is no charge to attend this event. 

    When:   Saturday, August 6th, 2022

    Time:   4:00PM – 7:30PM

    Location:  20 East Spain Street, Sonoma

    For more information, please contact, Dave Duplantier, Interpretive Specialist at California State Parks at:  David.duplantier@parks.ca.gov

  • 20 Aug, 22
    Costume Sale at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

    Costume Sale at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

    Costume Sale: August 20 and 21, 2022 from 10AM to 3PM at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Please RSVP to friends@Suttersfort.org We have hundreds of costumes that need new homes – we have run out of storage! Please help spread the word to anyone who could use period clothing from the 1800s and lets get these costumes out to folks who can use them. Parks, museums, schools, youth groups, theatres and individuals are welcome to attend. We will be offering kids and adult sizes plus tons of accessories (hats, aprons, bags, belts and suspenders!) All items are in used condition. Cannot make the sale? Contact us and we can arrange to ship items to you.

  • 18 Aug, 22
    "Stories from Sonoma Plaza History" a lecture by Jim Silverman

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Sonoma Petaluma Parks, Inc. (SPParks) will host Jim Silverman telling “Stories from Sonoma Plaza History” and introduce these 8 historic acres – our Plaza – as if welcoming new friends to our home. The stories peel back layers of time and consider our natural legacy. They remember the people who lived here for thousands of years, our town’s early development and life here in the 1880s up to the early 20th century. Along the way, he’ll hint at stories that want telling but remain largely unexplored.

    Jim Silverman, a retired librarian, threw himself into creating a Plaza history walking tour as a Covid survival project called SonomaPlazaHistory.com. In addition to the tour, the project features Mike Acker’s iconic “Portrait of the Sonoma Plaza” curated as Plaza art-history videos.

    Admission is any donation at the door.

  • 12 Jul, 22
    Tuesday Sonoma Market Nights!

    The Sonoma Plaza

    We are still at the Tuesday Market in the Plaza, through the summer and into the fall, 5-8pm.  Come by and explore our exhibit and information tables to see what’s happening in our beautiful Sonoma State Historic Park and beyond! We will have our Junior Ranger Program offering various educational and fun activities for kids along with our regular topics such as:  State Parks, wild animals, fire ecology and much more!  Our mascot:  Sonomie Bear will also be on hand with a BIG smile for everyone!

  • 6 Sep, 22
    Tuesday Sonoma Market Nights!

    The Sonoma Plaza

    The last month of Tuesday Market nights in the Plaza for the year, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Come by and explore our exhibit and information tables to see what’s happening in our beautiful Sonoma State Historic Park and beyond! We will have our Junior Ranger Program offering various educational and fun activities for kids along with our regular topics such as:  State Parks, wild animals, fire ecology and much more!  Our mascot: Sonomie the Bear will also be on hand with a BIG smile for everyone!

  • 22 Jul, 22
    Twilight Nature Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Join us for monthly hike with an evening adventure on 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). Kids can bring a flashlight!   Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.   All ages welcome. Free of charge, no reservation needed.

  • 16 Jul, 22
    Campfire Program Sonoma

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Enjoy Summer with our entertaining campfire program with songs and marshmallow roast. 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, singing a few traditional tunes, and a tasty marshmallow/s’mores roast! All ages welcome, free of charge.

  • 6 Sep, 22
    “Promoting Our Parks” KSVY 91.3 FM Interview

    “Promoting Our Parks” KSVY 91.3 FM Interview

    Listen in as a Park Interpretive Specialist shares information about the park’s upcoming programs, activities, special events, and interesting facts about your California State Parks in the area.

  • 20 Jul, 22
    Conversations @ the House - Sonoma: History All Around Us

    Conversations @ the House – Sonoma: History All Around Us

  • 26 Jun, 22
    Honoring our Ancestors: 246th Anniversary of the Dedication of El Presidio Real de San Francisco

    Honoring our Ancestors: 246th Anniversary of the Dedication of El Presidio Real de San Francisco

    We celebrate the 246th anniversary of the incredible 1800-mile journey made by soldados, colonists, and families, up the trail of the second Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition of 1775-76. This year the event will be entirely virtual. The program will present the history from Sonora and Horcasitas of the migration of this racially diverse and integrated group of Spanish subjects to their new homes and new lives in San Francisco. Included will be formal remarks, presentations of music, the Roll Call of the Founders, Flower Ceremony, and the Formal Dedication of the Presidio. This year the First People on the southern trail will be included with a Barbareño descendant and an ambassador of Chumash culture, Ernestine Ygnacio De Soto.

    Register in advance for this webinar: 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s53FEiXTQA-Awc-Tp2_Cfw 

     After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

  • 14 Jun, 22
    Tuesday Sonoma Market Nights

    The Sonoma Plaza

    We are back at the Tuesday Market in the Plaza, through the summer and into the fall, 5-8pm.  Come by and explore our exhibit and information tables to see what’s happening in our beautiful Sonoma State Historic Park and beyond! We will have our Junior Ranger Program offering various educational and fun activities for kids along with our regular topics such as:  State Parks, wild animals, fire ecology and much more!  Our mascot:  Sonomie Bear will also be on hand with a BIG smile for everyone!

  • 24 Jun, 22
    Twilight Nature Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    Our monthly hike switches to an evening adventure as the summer season begins. The   walk 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). Kids can bring a flashlight!   Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.   All ages welcome. Free of charge, no reservation needed.

  • 18 Jun, 22
    Campfire Program Sonoma

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Welcome Summer with our entertaining campfire program with songs and marshmallow roast. 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, singing a few traditional tunes, and a tasty marshmallow/s’mores roast! All ages welcome, free of charge.

  • 28 May, 22
    Memorial Day Weekend at the Petaluma Adobe

    Petaluma Adobe

    Memorial Day Weekend at the Petaluma Adobe will feature demonstrations of traditional crafts as well as docent-led tours of the historic structure. Events are planned for each day, May 28-30, between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.  You will be brought back to the 1830s and 1840s when it was the  center of activity on one of the most prosperous private ranchos established during the Mexican era of California history. 

    Park entrance is 3325 Adobe Road. Admission is collected at the building: Adults $3, youth (6-17) $2, 5 and under are free. Please no pets. The park is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    May is National Historic Preservation Month, when communities throughout the nation host events that promote historic places and heritage tourism.  Petaluma celebrates a rich history and treasure trove of of historic structures and landmarks.  Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park is the destination for Memorial Day weekend.   

    California State Parks supports equal access.  Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact: Petaluma SHP (707)762-4871 or 711, TTY relay service.

  • 9 Jul, 22
    A Bug's Day at the Barracks

    The Sonoma Barracks

    SPParks will host “A Bug’s Day at the Barracks” with six year old author Ryeson Bull and his mother and coauthor, Shana Bull. They are the creators of the children’s book series, Randall the Blue Spider & Friends, and will read Randall the Blue Spider Tries Honey Cakes, the third book in the series. There will also be a Bug Scavenger Hunt in the Barracks courtyard, with prizes.  The event is free for kids of all ages and parents (and no, you don’t have to like spiders to come).

    The story line: Randall’s friend Camilla the Bee brought honey cakes for her friends to try at school, but Randall doesn’t want to eat one because he is afraid he won’t like it. Join Randall & friends as they discover new foods, and solve problems with love, kindness and respect.  This picture book teaches kids that trying new things isn’t as yucky as they sometimes think – in fact, it can be delicious and fun.

    By the time Ryeson Bull was age two he had memorized Goodnight Moon. At two and a half he dictated Randall the Blue Spider Goes Surfing to his mother in a hospital parking lot in Long Beach, with a view of the surfing scene in the distance. Ryeson was born with cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease that impacts the lungs and digestive system.  The ocean has always been a special place for his family because salt air is good for his lungs.

    Shana Bull is a children’s book author, digital marketer, educator and freelance writer. Learn more about the authors at RandalltheBlueSpider.com

    Look in the Barracks Gift Store for Randall the Blue Spider.

  • 19 May, 22
    General Vallejo's Attempt to Found Mission Santa Rosa in 1839, a lecture by Peter Meyerhof

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    In this lecture Dr. Meyerhof will discuss General Vallejo’s attempt to found Mission Santa Rosa in 1839. Based on previously ignored and untranslated correspondence from 1839, he will show that even after the “Mission period” as we know it, the idea of establishing a new mission in Santa Rosa was still being considered.

    Dr. Meyerhof is an independent historian and board member of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society. He has delved deeply into the history of Sonoma and the Mission and has presented those findings at previous lectures.

    This lecture will be in the Chapel of Mission San Francisco Solano, 114 East Spain Street, Sonoma. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission at the door is $10 for the general public, $5 for SPParks members and no charge for Docents and Park Staff.

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

  • 23 Apr, 22
    "Indigenous Resistance and Networks in the Greater SF Bay Area", a lecture presented by Martin Rizzo-Martinez

    The Sonoma Barracks

    Martin Rizzo-Martinez is the State Park Historian for the Santa Cruz District. His talk will highlight the leadership of indigenous women in the assassination of Padre Quintana at Mission San Jose, as well as other oral histories collected over his years of collaboration with numerous California tribes. His recently published book, We Are Not Animals explores the history of Indigenous people of the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Area, with an emphasis on oral histories and perspectives, highlighting resistance and Indigenous politics. He is co-producer of a podcast, Challenging Colonialism, which centers on Native Californian voices in discussing issues of importance for Native communities today, and is currently working on a book about the Red Power movement, formed during the 1970s to protect graves and sacred sites in the Bay Area. 

    The lecture starts at 2 PM in the Sonoma Barracks Audio/Visual room, East Spain Street, Sonoma, CA.

    Admission at the door is $10 for the general public, $5 for SPParks members, free for docents and parks staff.

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

  • 21 Apr, 22
    "Sonoma Before the Mission", Lecture by Arthur Dawson

    Mission San Francisco Solano

    Arthur Dawson is a historical ecologist who enjoys exploring and celebrating the landscapes of Sonoma County, sharing a sense of place” through art and science. He has collected oral histories from local elders and contributed field and archival research to local and regional restoration efforts. His unique approach integrates field work, oral histories and archival research to tell the story of places and people at every scale, from small parcels to entire watersheds. He has written or contributed to three local bestsellers: The Stories Behind Sonoma Valley Place Names, On Foot in Sonoma (with Rebecca Lawton), and Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images. His column on Sonoma County place names appears monthly in the Press-Democrat. Currently an independent consultant, Mr. Dawson has worked with the Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Land Trust, and Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.

    Admission at the door is, $10 for the general public, $5 for SPParks members, free for docents and parks staff.

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

    Arthur Dawson Lecture Flyer

  • 22 Mar, 22
  • 21 May, 22
    Campfire Program Sonoma

    The Sonoma Barracks

     

    Come out and enjoy a warm campfire, songs and marshmallow roast at our monthly 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, singing a few traditional tunes, and a tasty marshmallow/s’mores roast! All ages welcome, free of charge.  Steady rain cancels.

  • 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.  

  • 22 Jan, 22
    Afternoon Hike

    General Vallejo’s Home & Bio

    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.

  • 15 Jan, 22
    Campfire Program Sonoma

    Campfire Program Sonoma

    Come celebrate the New Year at our first campfire 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.

  • 3 May, 22
    “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.

  • 8 Jan, 22
    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.