Environmental Discovery Days at Montini Park in October

  • Oct 7 - 28, 2020

  • Montini Open Space Preserve
    175 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476, Sonoma, CA


Join Sonoma Ecology Center education staff and our teen EnviroAmbassadors for an Environmental Discovery Day at Montini Open Space Preserve every Wednesday afternoon through the month of October.  There are two time slots to reserve to accommodate smaller group settings. The first slot is from 1:30-3:00 pm and the second from 3:15-4:45 so as to avoid any crossover of the groups.  Please only sign up for one time slot.

Staff will lead the small family walks through approximately 2 miles of oak woodlands to encourage our youth to become "Wildlife Defenders". Programming is based on Sonoma Ecology Center's K-5 Watershed education field trip programs. Children attending the event must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone. 

Meeting at the Field of Dreams Parking lot entrance to Montini. Please bring your mask, personal hand sanitizer, and a water bottle. A pencil or writing utensil, binoculars, and shade hats are optional but encouraged to bring as well!

We are limited to 12 participants to comply with Sonoma County's Health Order governing outdoor recreation. Registration is required. All participants must wear a mask and comply with social distancing guidelines. Please arrive as close to the start time as you can for a short safety talk. 

For more information contact Tony Passantino, Education Program Manager, at Tony@sonomaecologycenter.org

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of  Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax! 

(*NOTE the event image was taken PRIOR to COVID)

Días de descubrimiento ambiental en la preserva Montini durante octubre

Acompañe a los educadores de Sonoma Ecology Center y los jóvenes EnviroAmbassadors en un Día de descubrimiento ambiental en Montini Open Space Preserve cada míercoles por la tarde durante el mes de octubre. 

Los educadores guiarán a familias en caminatas de grupos pequeños a travéz de dos millas de bosque para alentar a la juventud a ser “defensores de la vida silvestre”. El programa está basado en el programa de educación de cuencas hidrográficas de Sonoma Ecology Center para grados de kinder a quinto grado. Los niños que atiendan deben ser acompañados por un padre o acompañante de mayor de edad.

El punto de reunión es el estacionamiento en la entrada a Montini. Por favor, traiga su cubrebocas, desinfectante de manos personal, y una botella con agua. Le invitamos a traer un lápiz o instrumento para escribir, binoculares y una gorra para protejerse del sol. Estos artículos son recomendados pero no necesarios.

Estamos limitados a doce participantes para cumplir con la orden de salud del Condado de Sonoma que govierna la recreación al aire libre. Requerimos registración. Todos los participantes deben usar un cubrebocas y cumplir con las órdenes de distanciamiento social. Por favor llegue un poco antes del evento para una plática corta acerca de seguridad en la preserva.

For more information contact Tony Passantino, Education Program Manager, at Tony@sonomaecologycenter.org
Para más información, contacte a Tony Passantino, Director del Programa de Educación por email al tony@sonomaecologycenter.org      

Este evento es gratuito es hecho posible por los electores del Condado de Sonoma quienes financian el trabajo de Ag + Open Space con un impuesto de ventas de un cuarto de centavo.

Venue Details
Montini Open Space Preserve
175 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476, Sonoma, California, 95476, United States
Sonoma Ecology Center works to address challenges related to water supply and quality, open space, rural character, biodiversity, energy, climate change, and a better quality of life for all residents.

Since 1990, we’ve worked to increase appreciation and stewardship of Sonoma Valley’s natural heritage and create measurable benefits in areas of land, water, climate change and biodiversity.


We envision a future where people, land, water, and wildlife thrive.


Our mission is to work with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley.


We embrace and practice the following values in order to achieve our vision:

  1. Biodiversity: We value natural ecosystems and the diverse animals and plants they support. We are inspired by the beauty of Sonoma Valley. We work to protect and restore native species and habitats of our region for future generations.
  2. Sustainability: Economic vitality rests on a foundation of social well-being, which in turn rests on a foundation of ecological health. We seek multi-benefit solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges facing our community.
  3. Evidence-Based Action: Watershed management actions should be informed by science and local empirical data. We conduct environmental monitoring to inform local and regional decisions.
  4. Education: Sharing science-based information equips people to make the best decisions for themselves and the earth. We have education programs for youth, teens, and adults to support an informed and empowered community.
  5. Stewardship: Every action counts. Individual participation is essential to protect and restore our natural resources. We engage community members as partners in our work.
  6. Collaborative Problem Solving: For every problem, there are common-ground solutions that can be discovered through open discussion and innovation. We strive to work with all stakeholders—including residents, government, agriculture, students, and businesses—to solve problems and build community.
  7. Be the Change: Act locally to replicate globally. We learn from others and create and share models, techniques, and tools that others can use.

Our programs include:

  1. Research to understand the condition of Sonoma Valley and the Sonoma Creek watershed, which informs projects and priorities for the ecological health of the region.
  2. Education to support sustainable practices and create future leadership for Sonoma Valley.
  3. Restoration to repair damage to waterways, natural habitats, and publicly accessible open spaces.
  4. Preservation to protect our natural heritage and public lands.
  5. Data & Mapping (GIS) Services using technology to manage and share environmental information for greater efficacy and impact.

What’s important about Sonoma Valley?

Sonoma Valley is home to amazing variety of species living in a small space. As many as a quarter of California’s species exist in this compact area, a place that comprises only a tenth of 1% of California’s entire land area! Since the Valley is mostly privately owned over thousands of parcels, it needs all of us to be good stewards to sustain this amazing legacy for the future. Our valley is also a watershed–a basic unit around which life on earth is organized. It’s also economically and socially diverse. In short, it offers a lot of what other places offer in a small, human scale valley. It’s a place that may be just the right size to get important things done together. And as we learn more about how to take care of our special place, we may help others do the same in theirs. Please join us!

For more on our activities and successes, check out 10 Ways SEC Makes a Difference or see our pdf brochure Sonoma Ecology Center at a Glance.