From afar, our coastal grasslands appear as vast swaths of green or gold, depending upon the time of year. Within the small space of a footprint, however, you can find a wealth of diversity – grasses towering over gorgeous wildflowers, busy pollinators, snakes hiding in rodent burrows and fungi recycling nutrients. Come learn about this world that is often overlooked, but integral to our well-being. We will explore the history, beauty and mysteries of this dynamic and complex ecosystem as well as management approaches to preserving this threatened system that supports native biodiversity, healthy soils and water quality, and in turn provides benefit to all residents of our community. Come away with a deepened appreciation for the tiny forest beneath our feet. Watch recorded event here: Deep Dive: Waving in the Wind, March 18, 2021
Michelle Halbur, Preserve Ecologist, Pepperwood Preserve
Michelle has an M.S. from Purdue University and oversees Pepperwood’s Community Science and Visiting Scholars programming as well as managing a multitude of on-site research projects including long-term grassland and forest monitoring, plant phenology, breeding bird surveys, the Stephen J. Barnhart Herbarium, and more.
No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 14 and up.
Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.
How to Sign Up
Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.
About the Center
Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.