Calendar of Events

Dig into Nature with us! Register below to attend virtual, on-campus and on-preserve events. Watch recordings under "Past Events." For questions, contact Kerry Wininger. Let’s learn new skills and deepen our understanding of the earth together!

  • Building Resilience - Discussions to foster climate resilience collaboration
  • Deep Dives - Live and recorded lectures and panels with experts
  • Learn with a Naturalist - Informal chats and fun outdoors
  • Live from the Field - Conversations with field station researchers worldwide
  • Local Nature - Live presentations with nature explorations close to home
  • Naturalist Ed Series (At Osborn Preserve) - Hikes with local experts & a learning community of naturalist educators

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

people in front of a building in nature

Open House: Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Learning Center

4:00pm to 6:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Visit the new Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR) Learning Center at two Open House events! The Learning Center - only 15 minutes from campus - is an incredible new academic resource for all disciplines: wifi and digital classrooms, 450-acres on Sonoma Mountain, and easy to schedule through the Center for Environmental Inquiry (CEI) website. CEI Director and staff will be on-hand to schedule visits and discuss ideas for incorporating this new resource into courses, programs and initiatives. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

naturalists on a trail

Natural History Hikes

10:00am to 2:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

University students and community docents will be your guide. Our guides are trained in natural history of the mountain and interpretation of preserve programs. They will lead you on one of many trails into this 450-acre preserve on the shoulder of Sonoma Mountain. Hike options include visits to the headwaters of Copeland Creek and spectacular vistas of the Santa Rosa Valley and Valley of the Moon.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

two bumble bees on clovers

California Bumble Bee Atlas

10:00am to 1:00pm
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

As pollinators of native plants, bumble bees play a key role in structuring ecosystems, and they are critical pollinators of agricultural crops. Bumble bees are negatively impacted by habitat loss, agricultural practices, and climate change, with one-quarter of species native to North America now threatened with extinction. California is a bee biodiversity hotspot and the California Bumble Bee Atlas is a community science project to inventory these important pollinators. Please join us for a fun field walk as we learn to catch and identify bumble bees and explore how we can promote their populations.

naturalists on a trail

Natural History Hikes

10:00am to 2:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

University students and community docents will be your guide. Our guides are trained in natural history of the mountain and interpretation of preserve programs. They will lead you on one of many trails into this 450-acre preserve on the shoulder of Sonoma Mountain. Hike options include visits to the headwaters of Copeland Creek and spectacular vistas of the Santa Rosa Valley and Valley of the Moon.

Monday, April 29, 2024

wordle of burn permit process management words

Rx Burn Permits and Process - Part III, Good Fire Series 2024

5:30pm to 7:00pm
Online

So…you have decided good fire could help you reach your land-management objectives on your property. Now what? You have learned how fire can help and how to prepare your land. What about all of the permits and paperwork required? Where do you start? In this virtual program, Mike Jones, forestry advisor for Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma counties at the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, and chair of the Mendocino County Prescribed Burn Association, will be the lead presenter along with other members of the association. There will be much you can learn from these experienced proponents of the use of good fire. Bring your questions and they will provide the answers.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

naturalists on a trail

Natural History Hikes

10:00am to 2:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

University students and community docents will be your guide. Our guides are trained in natural history of the mountain and interpretation of preserve programs. They will lead you on one of many trails into this 450-acre preserve on the shoulder of Sonoma Mountain. Hike options include visits to the headwaters of Copeland Creek and spectacular vistas of the Santa Rosa Valley and Valley of the Moon.

people in front of a building in nature

Open House: Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Learning Center

4:00pm to 6:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Visit the new Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR) Learning Center at two Open House events! The Learning Center - only 15 minutes from campus - is an incredible new academic resource for all disciplines: wifi and digital classrooms, 450-acres on Sonoma Mountain, and easy to schedule through the Center for Environmental Inquiry (CEI) website. CEI Director and staff will be on-hand to schedule visits and discuss ideas for incorporating this new resource into courses, programs and initiatives. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

person clearing brush

How to Prepare Your Land for Good Fire - Good Fire Series 2024, Part II

10:00am to 2:00pm
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

***NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
UNTIL MAY 19, DUE TO RAIN***

Prescribed burning, or “good fire”, was a primary land-management tool for millenia, helping people control the spread of invasive species, and maintain desirable ecological or cultural resources. On this field trip, you will get hands-on experience identifying prescribed burn goals and preparing the land for burns to meet those goals.

This is the second part (rescheduled, originally planned for April 13) of a three-part series, the "Good Fire Series 2024." The third and final part, Rx Burn Permits and Process, will be April 29 on Zoom from 5:30 – 7:00. See below for more information and to register.

Saturday, August 17, 2024

gopher snake on soil

Naturalist Ed Series: Reptiles of Sonoma Mountain

1:30pm to 4:30pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Reptiles are “cold-blooded” vertebrates, including but not limited to turtles, snakes and lizards. Join Sonoma State University’s Vertebrate Biology Instructor, Wendy St. John, to explore the habitats of various reptile species as we travel through Osborn Preserve. You will also learn about SSU research involving the Western Pond Turtle, a special-status species that occurs at the preserve.

Western Screech Owl on limb

Naturalist Ed Series: Owls of Sonoma Mountain

5:30pm to 8:30pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Owls vocalize to claim and defend territories, to attract mates and keep in contact with each other. Observing owl sounds and identifying calls is particularly important when it comes to these primarily (but not always!) nocturnal species since they are often easier to observe by sound than sight. Join us as we traverse slowly through the Osborn Preserve on Sonoma Mountain to listen for owls and learn about owl diversity!

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