Friends of Sonoma Mountain,

Cultivate your sense of place, engage more deeply in the landscape, and be inspired to steward the mountain in new and exciting ways! 

And, of course, lower your stress while you disconnect from the demands of the world and hang out with your neighbors. 

Check out our four Meet the Mountain events coming up. They are experiential hikes guided by local volunteers. They will focus on and promote inner, sensory awareness and participatory learning. Our goal is to offer explorations that help you fall more deeply in love with nature and Sonoma Mountain. Please join us!

"Nature is a spiritual portal, and Where the World Begins reminds us that if we quietly and respectfully enter it we will be transformed for the better—and in that lies our hope for salvation and survival."
~ Edward Sortwell Clement Jr., Executive Director, Save Mount Diablo

Meet the Mountain Events in 2020

Winter Birds of Our Valley
Sunday, January 26th, 10am - 12pm
Sonoma Developmental Center

We watch them, feed them, identify them, list them, count them, and hopefully protect them, but do we take enough time to really observe our local birds?

Join California Naturalist Carolyn Greene on a leisurely walk through the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) campus as we focus on traveling slowly and quietly and paying attention. This type of “birding” can tune our senses, make us more aware of our surroundings, and allow us to reconnect with our love of the natural world.

Click here for more information and to register

Reimagining Eldridge: Walking in Place
Saturday, February 22, 10am - 12pm
Sunday, April 12, 10am - 12pm

Sonoma Development Center

Join Glen Ellen-based writer and editor Tracy Salcedo on an exploration of possibilities as redevelopment of Eldridge (the former Sonoma Developmental Center) enters the planning phase. The focus of this easy walking tour will be on place. Experience firsthand the physical and intangible relationships of the campus to Sonoma Mountain and surrounding open spaces. Explore Eldridge’s complex history and current efforts to secure the future of the campus and its wildlands, and share personal connections to the property. Easy 3 miles; about 2 hours.

Sign-up for the February event here.

Sign-up for the April Event here. 

Three-Day Sonoma Mountain Wildflower Trek:
March 27th, 28th, and 29th
Crossing Sonoma Mountain

Join LandPaths, Trek Sonoma, and Sonoma Mountain Preservation for a 3-day wander across Sonoma Mountain with two overnights of glamping on the mountain. Take advantage of the healing powers of nature while exploring diverse ecosystems on Sonoma Mountain with wildlife ecologist Meghan Walla-Murphy and historical ecologist Arthur Dawson. Registration and more information to come from Landpaths.
Save the dates—this trek sells out every year.

In 2019, SMP broadened our outreach and expanded awareness of Sonoma Mountain in many ways. Here's some of what we accomplished in 2019:

  • Book launches in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Sonoma with over 600 attendees
  • Guided Hikes: New Year’s Day on E. Slope Trail, April Overnight Trek with Landpaths, June hike on Lafferty with Friends of Lafferty Park, October Mountain Top picnic honoring Mickey Cooke with Regional Parks
  • Visioning Summit in August
  • Talks and book sale events with groups large and small (Hood House, Jack London, garden clubs, Kenwood Rotary, and so on)
  • Informational tables at the Nature and Optics Festival and the Glen Ellen Fair.
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