Calendar of Events

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

Dig into Nature with us! 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


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.

Monday, November 9, 2020

a herd of antelope runs across a grassland

Live from the Field: Nutrient Cycling in Grasslands

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 from the Nutrient Network (NutNet) studying how humans are impacting nutrients and consumers in Argentina, Colorado, and New Mexico. Find out who they are, how they got interested in grasslands, and the research questions they are asking. NutNet is a coordinated research network comprised of more than 130 grassland sites worldwide. Instructor’s guide available.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Yellow Star Thistle closeup against the sky

Deep Dive: Problem Plants

10:00am to 11:00am

Invasive plants are one of the most significant threats to the native plant communities of California. They out-compete our native flora for resources such as space, light, water and nutrients and can entirely replace natural vegetation communities. They also can degrade rangeland, increase the risk of wildfire and flooding, consume valuable water, and reduce habitat value for wildlife. Learn about this charged term ‘invasive’, what it means, what invasive plant impacts have been in Northern California and how you can help prevent their spread.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Lichen hanging from branch

Local Nature: Lichen Love

10:00am to 11:00am

You say your tree has lots of green lacelike material hanging from some of the branches and those branches don’t look very healthy. Is that lichen or Spanish moss? Is it harming my tree? Lichens often seem to confuse people, but they are an excellent example of symbiosis in nature. In this program, educator and lichenologist Jen Riddell will clear up some of this confusion and help you understand and identify this important organism.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

A woman and dog stand by a wheelchair user using a camera in a marsh

Local Nature: Photography with Assistive Technology

10:00am to 11:30am

The profound connection to the environment and wildlife enjoyed by many nature photographers is not accessible to us all equally. Whether you or someone you want to invite on nature photography outings uses a wheelchair, has limited use of their hands, or is weak and has tremors, this informative and interactive event is for you.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

A hand writes in a notebook next to plants in a pot

Local Nature: Winter Writing Walk

11:00am to 12:00pm

How can one capture the wonder of the outdoors on the written page? Engage your senses as we explore the aspects of nature right around your own home or in your memories, recording focused observations, then creating short nature essays based on the birds, fresh dew, deer, crisp weather, mushrooms, and even marine mammals of winter that we’ll come to know. Learn how to articulate your experiences of the natural world in writing!