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 the Fall). 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


Friday, April 10, 2020

a hand holds a smart phone with the iNaturalist app open next to a sunflower in a field with a bee pollinating

Citizen Science: Intro and iNaturalist

2:00am to 3:00am

Have you ever wondered how to contribute to scientific research while having fun and without extensive training? Citizen Science is for you! Hear briefly what citizen science is and how it's powerful, then dive into the iNaturalist biodiversity app that allows us all to upload photo observations of natural animals, plants, fungus, and other signs of life we see in our daily lives and on nature explorations. Then take 15 minutes to make observations in your own "slice of nature" while sheltering-in-place -- out your window, in your garden, or even the plants growing in sidewalk cracks or the fly in your kitchen -- before coming back to share your discoveries and ask your iNat related questions.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

people sitting in a field writing in notebooks

Local Nature: Spring Writing Workshop

11:00am to 12:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

How can one capture the wonder of the outdoors on the written page? Engage your senses as we explore the aspects of nature right around your own home, recording focused observations, then creating short nature essays based on the wildflowers, fresh moss, garden insects and mushrooms of spring that we’ll come to know. Learn how to articulate your experiences of the natural world in writing! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

coast live oak tree at sunset

Deep Dive: Oak Health Workshop

10:00am to 11:00am

Several oak researchers and educators will present the latest information on a variety of oak-related topics ranging from oak woodland conservation, to sudden oak death, to oaks and fire, to a new pest of valley oak and blue oak. View prerecorded presentations online, then join our live Q&A session to learn what you can do to help protect our native oak woodlands. 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

wildlife camera view of a deer resting and another deer licking its mouth

Citizen Science: Monitor with Wildlife Cameras

10:00am to 11:00am

Wildlife cameras are the best tool scientists have for rapidly and accurately monitoring wildlife presence and changes in natural and man-made landscapes. Come learn about Osborn preserve’s wildlife cameras and how you can set one up in your own backyard! 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

fingers hold 3 California bay laurel leaves with oak branches in the background

Deep Dive & Citizen Science: Sudden Oak Death Blitz

9:00am to 10:00am
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Many of California’s oaks are falling victim to the forest disease Sudden Oak Death (SOD). Learn more about this destructive scourge by taking samples from your own trees in the Anderson Valley for free testing. 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

red liquid oozes out of an oak trunk

Deep Dive & Citizen Science: Sudden Oak Death Blitz

9:00am to 10:00am

Help control this destructive forest pathogen! Now in its 13th year, this statewide citizen science project is vital to managing Sudden Oak Death, which is widespread in Sonoma county. Join us to contribute to science while getting your own bay laurel or tanoak trees tested at no cost. This is a bilingual event (English and Spanish).

¡Ayuda a controlar este destructivo patógeno del bosque! Ahora en su decimotercer año, este proyecto de ciencia comunitaria en todo el estado es vital para administrar Sudden Oak Death, que está muy extendido en el condado de Sonoma. Únase a nosotros para contribuir a la ciencia y obtener sus propios árboles de laurel o tanoak sin costo alguno Este es un evento bilingue (Inglés y Español) 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

camera view of a mountain lion stepping over a worn tree root

Citizen Science: Monitor with Wildlife Cameras

9:00am to 10:00am

Whether you are a hunter, a researcher, a landowner or an ardent observer of nature, wildlife cameras can reveal a hidden world taking place when or where you cannot see it. This program will help you determine your objectives for these observations and find the best equipment and logistics to meet those objectives.