Events

  • 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 and Indigenous Education Coordinator and Native Advisory Council Chair at Pepperwood Preserve, will display his baskets and speak to us about the artistry and cultural significance of baskets in the lives of indigenous people.

    Thursday evening lectures are tentatively scheduled to be held at the Sonoma Mission Chapel, pending state loosening of restrictions on indoor gatherings.  Check back on this website for updates on this as well as possible masking requirements.  If held in person, admission fee will be $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, led a 1981 excavation at Fort Ross and is the author of  So Far From Home:  Russians in Early California.  In addition he has taken part in excavations in several of the California Missions.

    Thursday evening lectures are tentatively scheduled to be held at the Sonoma Mission Chapel, pending state loosening of restrictions on indoor gatherings.  Check back on this website for updates on this as well as possible masking requirements.  If held in person, admission fee will be $10 general public, $5 SPParks members, and free to Sonoma State Historic Park docents

  • 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.