The public is invited to attend an “Urban Forest in Your Backyard” outing at the Nathanson Creek Preserve and Parkway from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 21.

Join Mark Newhouser and Jessica Glatt to learn all about this urban forest in the heart of the City of Sonoma. The Nathanson Creek Preserve, Parkway, and Native Plant Demonstration Garden are prime examples of how degraded spaces can be restored and turned into thriving urban spaces.

The project is a long-term collaboration between the Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Valley Unified School District, and the City of Sonoma, along with many partners.

“The Nathanson Creek Preserve represents a truly rare opportunity to design and build a parkway that contains all the elements of an integrated project, which demonstrates how multiple benefits, including stormwater management, recreational access, habitat restoration, and educational interpretation can be successfully combined into a harmonious and beautiful place,” Newhouser said.

The Nathanson Creek Preserve and Parkway is adjacent to Sonoma Valley High School and Adele Harrison Middle School, beginning from the Demonstration Garden located at MacArthur Street and Second Street East and following the creek down to Nathanson Creek Park.

Reservations are required online by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, by visiting For more information, contact Glatt at 996-0712, ext. 110 or