Calendar of Events

naturalists learning in a field in front of trees
10:00am to 11:00am

After a successful pivot to virtual events this spring, we have an extensive series of virtual events lined up for fall. Let’s learn new skills and deepen our understanding of the earth together! Watch recordings of spring events under "Past Events." For questions, please conctact Kerry Wininger.

  • Local Nature - Live presentations combined with local nature explorations
  • Deep Dives - Live and recorded lectures from experts
  • Citizen Science Primers - Data collection and analysis from home
  • Professional Trainings - Certifications and professional skills
  • Learn with a Naturalist - Informal discussions and fun outdoors
  • Live from the Field - Conversations with researchers at field stations worldwide


Monday, September 21, 2020

Feathers, berries, eggs, shells, cones, rodent skull, and wasp nest on a table

Learn with a Naturalist: Get Curious in the Outdoors

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Evidence of life and natural processes is everywhere when we're in the outdoors, and even in our urban and suburban everyday lives. But how do we really tune-in, learn more and make connections? What evidence of the natural world has piqued your interest? How do you begin to learn more about the objects you find:  feathers, eggs, seeds, cones, scat, tracks, bones, rocks, shells? Join us for an informal talk and conversation about how to more actively observe the natural objects you find, and discover resources to help you learn more about the plants and animals with whom we share our spaces.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

a student holds a paddlefish on a boat and opens her mouth like it does

Live from the Field: Harmful Algal Blooms

11:00am to 12:00pm

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers studying Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Find out who they are, how they got interested in HABs and the research questions they are asking about HAB effects on freshwater ecosystems. Instructor’s guide available.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Fir Borer Long Horned Beetle in the dark

Learn with a Naturalist: Insects After Dark

2:00pm to 3:00pm

We may think of insects as sun-loving creatures, but most are actually denizens of the night. These after-dark arthropods play a major role in California’s biodiversity and perform essential ecosystem services. Learn to tell the difference between the stutter-trilling field cricket and chaparral katydid and how to attract insects such as lace-wings, tree crickets and scarab beetles to your own yard for study, photography and citizen science.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Close-up of duckweed and other plants in a marsh

Local Nature: Intermediate Backyard Photography

10:00am to 11:30am

Let photography bring you closer to nature and inspire others! Turn-of-the-century photographs of western landscapes led to conservation action across the United States, while recent images of endangered bees and of polar bears living on dwindling resources inspire people to address environmental challenges. Following spring's popular beginner program, this class will go into more detail on how to engage with the variety of photography opportunities right in your backyard using your cellphone or digital camera. Come develop an eye for close-up and creative shots, turning even ordinary natural items into photos to enjoy. Rick will show you photography techniques to help you capture the changing light and seasons in your neighborhood, then there will be 20 minutes for you to take outdoor photos, followed by sharing photos and answering questions.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Oak leaf, gall and acorn

Learn with a Naturalist: Who's Who in the Oaks

11:00am to 12:00pm

Have you ever wondered what kinds of oaks dot California’s golden hills and line our fertile valleys, providing our state’s most diverse habitats? Well, help is at hand. Author and naturalist Kate Marianchild will teach us to identify Northern California oaks by their acorns, cupules, leaves and galls. You will learn how to distinguish a valley oak from an Oregon oak from a blue oak. If time permits, Kate will share some cool facts about oaks, such as their co-evolutionary relationships with California scrub-jays and caterpillars.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Woman writing in notebook

Learn With a Naturalist: Patterns in Plant Lives

10:00am to 11:00am

Patterns in the lives of plants give us insights into climate change. By careful observation over years and through all seasons, researchers and volunteers at UC Davis’ Hopland Research and Extension Center are contributing to science on climate change and more through their studies of native Northern California plants. Learn about this growing field of study, called phenology, and how it can increase your appreciation of the plants around you while contributing to citizen science.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Woman walking on dirt road into mountains

Deep Dive: Animal Tracking Art & Science

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Our visceral understanding of the natural world is based upon our senses: what we see, hear, smell, touch and taste. But our knowledge can be immeasurably enhanced by our human ability to conjecture intelligently by reading signs, evidence of the teeming life around us. The footprint an animal leaves behind is one of those signs. Finding and following a track can tell us not only about the animal itself but also the land around it. It opens up a new way of seeing and being in this world.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

view of the rocky intertidal zone and a building

Live from the Field: Climate Change at the Land-Sea Interface

11:00am to 12:00pm

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers studying how climate change is affecting the rocky intertidal zone in California, Maine, and Oregon. Find out who they are, how they got interested in this habitat, and the research questions they are asking. Instructor’s guide available.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Newt crawling on a rock

Deep Dive: Herpetofauna Among Us

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Everyone loves a newt. They are cute, they move slowly, you can catch them and have a good long look at them as they slowly lumber to escape your hand. In this program Julie will discuss newts and other amphibians and reptiles that make up the branch of zoology known as herpetology.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Woman in research lab looking at tick on computer screen

Deep Dive: Ticks on the Move

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Anyone who has spent much time outdoors has probably encountered one of the many tick species we have in California and been warned about the diseases they can carry. Though ticks play an important role in the systems they inhabit, they are not a pleasant adjunct to our love of nature and can be downright dangerous. In this program, UC Davis researcher Emily Pascoe, Ph.D. will talk about these critters, the microorganisms they host and the research she has been conducting on them at the Hopland Research and Extension Center.