Calendar & Events

A group stands in a grassland listening to an instructor
10:00am to 4:00pm

Sunday, October 13, 2019

A hand writes in a journal on the forest floor

Autumn Writing Walk

9:00am to 12:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

How can one capture the wonder of the outdoors on the written page? Engage your senses as we take a gentle walk around the preserve, recording focused observations, then creating short nature essays based on the trees, rocks, plants, lizards and mushrooms we come to know. Learn how to articulate your experiences of the natural world in writing!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Families hike into the distance in a grassland at Osborn Preserve

Natural History Hikes

10:00am to 2:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Take advantage of the healing powers of nature while exploring diverse ecosystems on Sonoma Mountain. SSU Naturalists will lead you on a tour of this university education and research site, and give you insights into the ways we can work together to restore regional landscapes.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

harvested acorns on the forest floor

Power of the Acorn

9:00am to 1:00pm
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Native people honor oak woodlands as one of the world’s most life sustaining landscapes. Come walk through the woods of Galbreath Preserve from a Native Pomo perspective, reconnecting to its power and grandeur. We will learn the time-honored skill of sustainable acorn-collecting, and gain insight into oak propagation to help rebuild our forests.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Leader TreeGirl and a colleague smile at the camera while embracing a tree

Forest Ecotherapy

1:30pm to 5:30pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Ever wished for a less stressful, more fulfilling life without being tethered to distracting technology? Join TreeGirl as we spend a day of re-enchantment engaging in multi-sensory experiences and simple ceremony to reconnect with the wisdom of forest. Learn skills to leave techno-stress behind and rebond with nature for health and well-being.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Los niños inclinados sobre un arroyo con pequeñas redes para atrapar animales

Comparte la Naturaleza con Niños (Share Nature with Kids)

9:30am to 1:00pm
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Vea la naturaleza a través de los ojos de los estudiantes de la escuela de verano Anderson Valley mientras exploramos los estanques, arroyos, bosques y praderas de la Reserva Galbreath en esta aventura familiar en español. Con un enfoque en los insectos de la tierra, el aire y el agua, un equipo de expertos modelará formas de alentar el amor natural de sus hijos por la ciencia y el medio ambiente.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Turkey tail mushrooms on a moss-covered log

Osborn Mushroom Blitz

10:00am to 2:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Wild mushrooms are indicators of soil and air quality, and support plant growth and communication. Join us for the 3rd annual mushroom blitz, traversing the Osborn Preserve collecting as many fungal species as we can find. As you build your identification and sustainable harvesting skills, you will add to the Center's research databases.  

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Leader Jesica Rodriguez breaks open the root of a soap plant

Etnobotánica en Español (Ethnobotany in Spanish)

9:00am to 1:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

To find solutions to the environmental challenges facing the earth, we need everyone to share their perspectives. Unfortunately traditional knowledge is being lost, and non-English speakers are often left out of the conversation. We're going to change all that as we learn traditional uses of native plants and the skills to identify them – in Spanish!

Chanterelle mushrooms with acorns and scattered leaves on moss

Galbreath Mushroom Blitz

10:00am to 3:00pm
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Mushrooms in the wild are indicators of soil and air quality, and support plant growth and communication. For the third consecutive year, students and the community will comb the hills of Galbreath Preserve to collect as many fungal species as possible. Build identification and sustainable harvesting skills while adding to our research database.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Children at last year's event look up a bird they observed in the field guide

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

9:30am to 2:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Children can be ideal citizen scientists – observant, curious, good at following directions – yet don’t often get a chance to contribute. Bring your kids ages 8-17 to this bilingual (English/Spanish) junior version of the 119 year old Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Learn bird ID, field guide & binocular skills while contributing to Cornell Lab research!

Los niños pueden ser científicos ciudadanos ideales: observadores, curiosos, buenos para seguir instrucciones, pero a menudo no tienen la oportunidad de contribuir. Traiga a sus hijos de 8 a 17 años a esta versión junior bilingüe (inglés / español) del Conteo de pájaros de Navidad Audubon con 119 años de tradición. ¡Aprenda identificación de aves, guía de campo y habilidades binoculares mientras contribuye a la investigación de Cornell Lab!