Calendar of Events

Dig into Nature with us! After a successful pivot to virtual events last year, we have an extensive series of virtual events lined up this spring. Let’s learn new skills and deepen our understanding of the earth together! Watch recordings of 2020 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, April 19, 2021

A person sits on rocks in a dry creek bed under trees

Local Nature: Ecology, Crisis & Mindfulness

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Our planet is facing an unprecedented ecological crisis of our own doing: climate change. Catastrophe is looming, yet we seem unable to act quickly enough. What can we do? How can we become more motivated to correct our destructive behavior? This workshop explores the use of mindfulness practice to awaken a spirit of compassion and kindness for nature. We’ll provide a brief explanation of mindfulness, discuss why it is difficult for us to change our behavior, and guide participants through fun and easy mindfulness-based exercises around the theme of gratitude for nature.

Friday, April 23, 2021

a woman wears VR goggles standing in front of sky and clouds

Immersive Technology for Virtual Field Trips

11:00am to 1:00pm

Immersive reality is bringing outdoor education to a whole new level. Yet so many of us have never even put on a headset and stepped into a 360 experience. In this hands-on workshop, you will explore 360 photos and 360 videos created by faculty and field station staff to explore natural areas. You will learn how to use a virtual reality viewer, generate 360 photos using your smartphone, create educational content, and discuss best practices and methods. Bring a pair of VR goggles and be immersed! 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

rainbow over grassy hills

Deep Dive: Making Our Lands Resilient

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Whether you’re managing an urban garden plot, ½ acre suburban backyard, 1,000 acres of parkland or a mountain range of wilderness, climate change is becoming the primary issue for most land managers. It’s encouraged many of us accustomed to ecological restoration to transition towards ecological resilience: the ability of a natural landscape to sustain necessary ecological functions and native biodiversity under multiple stressors and changes. Full restoration isn’t always possible, but managing for resilience can create a more sustainable, connected landscape. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

a bicyclist wears a mask and holds a leaf with collection envelope / Una ciclista sostiene una hoja

Citizen Science / Ciencia Ciudadana: Bilingual Sudden Oak Death Blitz

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Help control this destructive forest pathogen! Now in its 14th 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 decimocuarto 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 8, 2021

hands hold water as it pours out into river

Deep Dive: Water & Homelessness

11:00am to 12:00pm

As part of a new "Rising Waters" initiative, this event showcases student research on the challenging intersection of environmental, social and economic factors that impact water quality. Over the last semester, students have worked with faculty mentors and community partners to study the nexus of homelessness and water quality issues. Come see three student teams present and answer questions about their mapping study, case study, and knowledge map, with the hope of finding new solutions that benefit people experiencing homelessness and ensure high water quality for everyone.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

scallop underwater closeup

Live from the Field: Impacts of Field Research on Society

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers whose field work directly impacts community members in California, Maine, and Ohio. Find out who they are, how they got interested in their research, and the scientific questions they are asking. Instructor Guide and Event Resources available.