Calendar of Events

Dig into Nature with us! We pivoted to virtual events in spring 2020, and will be offering both virtual and on-preserve events starting spring 2022. 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 increase collaboration on resilience to climate change
  • Deep Dives - Live and recorded lectures and panels with experts
  • Learn with a Naturalist - Informal discussions and fun outdoors
  • Live from the Field - Conversations with researchers at field stations worldwide
  • Local Nature - Live presentations combined with nature explorations in and around your home


Sunday, January 30, 2022

naturalists conversing in a field in front of trees

Naturalist Ed Series: Become an Osborn Naturalist!

10:00am to 5:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Learn how to share nature’s secrets with others while exploring the stunning ecosystems of Sonoma Mountain with university faculty and other experts. This outdoor Naturalist Educator Series will give you new insights into environmental education concepts and the skills to share your knowledge with elementary school children. This Series also provides a built-in opportunity for you to share your knowledge with other naturalists and educators. Join a community working to eradicate Nature Deficit Disorder in the North Bay! Become an Osborn naturalist and acquire the skills to get “Environmentally Ready.”

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

acorns in a hand over soil

Deep Dive: Benefits of Cultural & Prescribed Burning

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Fire is a source of rejuvenation and renewal, and many plant communities need fire to be sustained. Native Americans used fire in diverse ways to tend the land before the arrival of Europeans, and continue to use fire today amid the challenges of colonization. Decades of fire suppression and increased wildfires in what is now called the United States have resulted in loss of property and life and generated fear around the idea of living with fire. Join us to learn more about the benefits of cultural and prescribed burning and how they can be effective tools in protecting our community from wildfire and providing habitat and healthy ecosystems for plants, animals, and people to enjoy.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

transmission power line in front of hill

Building Resilience: Preparing Infrastructure

12:00pm to 1:00pm

To be resilient, critical infrastructure and that in high-risk areas must be retrofitted to minimize impacts of extreme events like fire, flood, drought and heat.

Monday, February 14, 2022

student holds drawing pad while looking at trees

Live from the Field: Conservation Through Art & Science

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Bring researchers and artists into your classroom to give students a window into the process of scientific & artistic inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with conservation scientists and artists inspired by our natural world in California, Florida and beyond. Find out who they are, how they got interested in their fields, and the questions and goals they are seeking. Instructor Guide available.