Calendar of Events

We have an extensive new series of virtual events planned! Check back frequently as we add opportunities. Let’s learn new skills and deepen our understanding of the earth together! (Face-to-face events are being rescheduled for Spring 2021). For questions, please conctact Kerry Wininger.

  • Local Nature - Live presentations and 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
  • Virtual Tours & Games - Virtual visits to preserves 
  • Learn with a Naturalist - Informal discussions and fun outdoors


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Landscape view of grassland with mountains and power lines in distance

Deep Dive: Sonoma Mountain Geologic & Climactic Evolution

2:00pm to 3:00pm

How did Sonoma Mountain and the surrounding terrain form? SSU Geology Instructor Nicole Myers will lead you on a virtual geologic exploration of the formation of Sonoma County over the last ~140 million years. Learn how tectonic, seismic, and volcanic events formed the rocks, valleys, and mountains around us. This presentation is intended for geo-beginners and self-proclaimed-geology-nerds alike and will serve as an introduction to the local geologic processes & climactic trends that comprise the natural forces that form our home land, including wildfires, floods, and earthquakes.

Friday, June 12, 2020

a woman holds a notebook and colored pens in front of a valley

Learn with a Naturalist: The Value of Field Sketching

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join Oregon naturalist, educator, and biological illustrator, Christine Elder, to learn how to incorporate nature sketching into your field studies. She will chat about the benefits of a nature journaling practice, then she'll lead you through some fun sketching exercises to get you familiar with techniques you can use for yourself and your students.

Monday, June 22, 2020

a Zoom window of a smiling naturalist pasted over a photo of an oak

Learn with a Naturalist: A Video Showcase Exploration

2:00pm to 3:00pm

You're invited to see through the eyes of our SSU Naturalists. Come enjoy short selected video clips filmed during the shelter-in-place on topics ranging from investigations of local plant species, becoming present in nature, and how to explore the environment right outside your window. Education Manager, Suzanne DeCoursey, will be our guide through this video showcase, introducing each clip and answering your questions, and will be joined by some of the filmmakers themselves.