Tours of the Solar Living Center allow people of all ages to learn about a wide range of fascinating topics, from solar power and passive solar to environmentally friendly building materials organic gardening and permaculture.

Site Hours

  • Solar Living Center:  9am - 6:30pm (note:  gates are locked in the evening before dusk and reopened each morning)
  • Solar Living Institute: 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday
  • Real Goods Store: 10am - 6pm daily, to 5pm in the winter (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).
  • Emerald Pharms: 10am - 6pm daily

Self-Guided Tours

  • Open seven days a week between 9am and 6:30pm (The site is closed on December 25th & January 1st)
  • Pick up a self-guided tour brochure at the Information Kiosk near the parking lot or from the incoming donation box before you enter the parking lot
  • Visit points of interest on the 12-acre site of the Solar Living Center - the entire tour takes about an hour.

Tours for School Groups (Field trips)                       Kids holding the earth cropped                   

  • Field Trips are offered throughout the year for grades K-12 and college.
  • Focus areas include but are not limited to: 
    Introduction to Sustainability
    Solar Powered Car Workshop
    What's the Buzz, Meet Our Pollinators
  • Trips are best scheduled Monday through Friday in the morning.
  • Most programs last for 2 hours with the chance to enjoy your packed lunch on our beautiful grounds after your visit.
  • Fees vary between $5 and $25 per student dependent upon the program. 
  • Call 707-472-2456 or email katrina@solarliving.org to find out more.
  • Download a Reservation Form to book your trip.


Guided Tours for Individuals and Families

  • Guided tours are offered from April 1st - October 31st and are led by the Solar Living Institute
  • These fun and informative tours last approximately 50 minutes
  • Reservations are required.  Email katrina@solarliving.org.
  • Suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 for a family
  • Meet at the Information Kiosk near the parking lot for your tour

Guided Tours for Professionals and Affinity Groups

  • Specialty tours, led by senior staff or technical instructors, are available for professional associations, special interest groups and college level classes
  • These tours, which last approximately 1.5 hours, provide a stimulating technical exploration of renewable energy and sustainable living in a format that can be custom-tailored
  • Professional tours are available by appointment only, and require an advance notice of 2 weeks
  • Cost is $10 per person with a $125 minimum
  • For a Professional Tour, call 707-472-2460 or email sli@solarlving.org to request a date. A member of our staff will contact you shortly.


The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for 20 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

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