Past Events

Sunday, December 11, 2022

orange mushroom on duff

Osborn Mushroom Blitz

10:00am to 1:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Wild fungi give us a window into the health of our ecosystems, play a vital role in plant growth and communication, and can remove heavy metals from soil and water. For the sixth consecutive year, students and the community will traverse the forests and fields of Osborn Preserve to collect and record as many fungal species as possible. Join us and build identification and sustainable harvesting skills while adding to our research database. A sister event is taking place at Galbreath Preserve on December 5th.

Monday, December 5, 2022

white lions mane mushroom on moss

Galbreath Mushroom Blitz

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

Wild fungi give us a window into the health of our ecosystems, play a vital role in plant growth and communication, and can remove heavy metals from soil and water. For the sixth consecutive year, students and the community will comb the hills of the Galbreath Preserve to collect and record as many fungal species as possible. Join us to build identification and sustainable harvesting skills while adding to our research database. A sister event takes place at Osborn Preserve December 11th.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

a man in a wheelchair photographs a tree

Photography for All Abilities

1:30pm to 4:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Nature Photography is for everyone! This is an accessible educational outing for people with mobility needs and their caretakers/companions at all photography levels. Learn about the remarkable variety of plants, animals and landscape features at Osborn Preserve in winter, as well as basic-intermediate outdoor photography skills for your smartphone or digital camera. Also experience taking photos of tiny organisms through a microscope. Ages 12 – 100+ welcome. 

Saturday, December 3, 2022

large madrone tree

Descubre el bosque

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

A medida que los incendios forestales se vuelven más comunes, es importante comprender las causas y cómo se adaptan los bosques al fuego. Únase a nosotros en la reserva de Galbreath para caminar debajo de los árboles, aprender sobre su ecología y cómo cuidar los bosques. También pasaremos tiempo recolectando materiales para hacer coronas navideñas.

a naturalist presenting to a group 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, November 28, 2022

green bush katydid against white background

Insects of the Night

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online

Although many insects are diurnal, filling our landscapes with color and activity during the day, most emerge at night. Join us to discover the super antennae and nocturnal symphonies that make these ancient, after-dark arthropods so successful. Soil engineers, efficient predators, seed dispersers; nocturnal insects are vital to California’s biodiversity and perform essential ecosystem services. We’ll listen to the songs of the snowy tree cricket and angle-winged katydid, and learn how to attract fiery searchers, lacewings and tiger moths to your yard for photo-study and citizen science. Watch recorded event here: Insects of the Night, November 28, 2022

Saturday, November 19, 2022

a naturalist presenting to a group 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, November 12, 2022

a naturalist presenting to a group 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.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

high meadow with trees and shed

Galbreath Guided Hike

10:00am to 3:00pm
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Explore a scenic and wild part of SSU’s 3600-acre Galbreath Preserve in southern Mendocino County with a team of students and community members. Be a trailblazer.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

a naturalist presenting to a group 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.

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