Calendar of Events

Dig into Nature with us! After a successful pivot to virtual events in spring 2020, we have continued with an extensive series of virtual events each semester. Let’s learn new skills and deepen our understanding of the earth together! Watch recordings of 2020-2021 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 27, 2021

fotos de un lago lleno en 2019 y un lago vacío en 2021

Inmersión Profunda: La Sequía Está Aquí ¿Y Ahora Qué?

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Después de dos años consecutivos muy secos, la cuenca del río Russian River está en una sequía histórica. Como resultado, el suministro de agua potable para una población de más de 700,000 personas al igual que granjas y negocios, está en los niveles más bajos de su historia. Al igual que con otros fenómenos naturales que impactan directamente a poblaciones humanas y comunidades diversas en California, la pregunta es: ¿Hay algo que podamos hacer para prepararnos y lidiar con la falta de lluvia y su variabilidad a largo plazo? Lo invitamos a que se reúna con nosotros y aprenda lo que está haciendo Sonoma Water para lidiar con la sequía y lo que todos podemos hacer para ayudar.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

photos of a full lake in 2019 and empty lake in 2021

Deep Dive: Drought is Here - Now What?

6:00pm to 7:00pm

After two consecutive dry years, the Russian River Watershed is experiencing a historic drought. As a result, the water supply for a population of over 700,000 people along with farms and businesses is at historically low levels. As with other natural phenomena that directly impacts human populations and diverse communities in California, the question is: Can we do anything to prepare and deal with the lack of rain and its long-term variability?  Join us and learn what Sonoma Water is doing to deal with the drought and what all of us can do to help.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

burned trees on a hill with debris

Deep Dive: What's Wrong with Fire-Safe Plant Lists

12:00pm to 1:00pm

We all want to take action to protect our homes from wildfire, but is landscaping with “fire-safe” plants the way to go? In this talk, we’ll explore the origin of fire-safe plant lists, the issues with the claims they make including research on the topic and lack thereof, and the practical problems the plant lists represent. We will then discuss ways to work around those problems, from both an individual homeowner’s perspective, and from a neighborhood perspective.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

river with low bank surrounded by trees

Building Resilience: Drought & Flood in the Russian River Watershed

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Watersheds are resilient when both humans and native species have reliable access to water during drought and when they recover quickly from flooding. At this event, we'll hear about the Copeland Creek Riparian Enhancement Project and its impact on groundwater recharge and flooding in the Santa Rosa Watershed. This is the first event in the 2020-21 North Bay Forward "Building Resilience" monthly speaker series, a year-long conversation to increase community collaboration on resilience to climate change. 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

hikers listening to a guide under trees

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. Activities will be subject to change based on the most recent guidance about COVID safety

Monday, October 18, 2021

Man crouches by sound recording equipment in grass

Local Nature: Power of Tranquility in a Noisy World

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Human beings have evolved into creatures with a markedly visual perspective of the world: seeing is believing. We are often aware of changes in our environment by seeing them. Soundscape ecologists, however, have been observing these changes by listening, and are alarmed at what they are learning. There is a cacophony of man-made noises bombarding all living organisms, including humans. In this hour, come learn the latest research and current thinking about our sonic world, and how you can become an active participant in seeking positive approaches to encouraging tranquility and mitigating noise pollution. This event will not be recorded so sign up now for the live presentation.

Monday, October 25, 2021

pond covered in algae surrounded by trees

Live from the Field: Freshwater Invasions

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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 invasive species in freshwater systems in Ohio, Ontario, Canada and more. Find out who they are, how they got interested in their research, and the scientific questions they are asking. Instructor Guide available.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

bobcat carries prey through wildlife tunnel

Deep Dive: Dangerous Intersection

10:00am to 11:00am

Vehicles and wildlife do not mix well. Thousands of animals are killed on roads, highways, and railways each year and ecosystems are broken into small pieces by this infrastructure. Human lives are also endangered when smaller vehicles collide with large wildlife. In addition to driving attentively, there are things we can do as a society and as individuals. Many states and countries have created crossings over and under major thoroughfares and saved countless wildlife and people from injury. Learn more about these crossings and the data that drives location and design to effectively fit the natural movement patterns of different species. 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

a toddler looks through binoculars on grass

Learn With a Naturalist: Expand a Child's World

10:00am to 11:00am

Nature-deficit disorder is a non-medical diagnosis first publicly described in 2008 by the author Richard Louv. It is now part of our everyday vocabulary. We have raised our awareness, but the problem remains. Children are plugged in: not to the natural world in which they live, but to electronic devices, with potentially dangerous consequences. Suzanne DeCoursey, the Center’s education manager, will give us an overview of the importance of the outdoors, including the research and impact on our children. She will also highlight ways adults can help bring relief to this very real problem.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

a hand holds an ear of corn

Building Resilience: Local Food Systems & Disasters

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Local food systems are more resilient to the kinds of climate disasters that affect transportation and can reduce energy costs, transportation and CO2 emissions. At this event, we focus on how local food initiatives are building community resilience. This is the second event in the 2020-21 North Bay Forward "Building Resilience" monthly speaker series, a year-long conversation to increase community collaboration on resilience to climate change.