Past Events

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

Prescribed burning, or “good fire”, was a primary land-management tool for millennia, 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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Oak tree

SSU Campus Sudden Oak Death Blitz

1:00pm to 3:30pm
SSU Main Campus

Help control this destructive forest pathogen, and get free pizza! Now in its 17th year, this statewide community science project is vital to managing Sudden Oak Death, which is widespread in Sonoma county. Join SSU students and staff in contributing to science while getting your own bay laurel and tanoak trees tested at no cost.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

ring necked snake in grass

Vipers & Volcanoes: Student Projects at Osborn Preserve

9:30am to 12:30pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Come learn about - and join in on - SSU student research about geology (volcanics) and California Red-Legged Frog habitat restoration. On this rare, guided tour to the highest point on the Osborn Preserve, we'll walk through grasslands and oak forests, passing by the beautiful upper pond. As a group, we'll gather data for these projects that include Bullfrog Mitigation, and find snakes in their many hiding spots across the preserve. Let's learn how environmental education and scientific data expand our understanding of this ecosystem!

In collaboration with Sonoma Mountain Preservation.

Monday, May 6, 2024

researcher with sea anemones

Sunscreen, Coral & Climate Change

12:00pm to 12:45pm
SSU Main Campus

Most of us have heard about coral bleaching due to climate change. But even if we tackle climate change head-on, it likely won't be in time to save many of ocean's reef systems. What else can we do? Well, at least we can make sure to not do things that exacerbate the situation. Join us to hear about research from Stanford University, "Aiptasia, a model for Cnidarian-algal symbiosis, sheds light on coral bleaching." Studies using the small sea anemone, Aiptasia, as a model organism revealing the role of a glucose transporter in this symbiotic partnership. Examining oxybenzone, a chemical sunscreen, they uncovered a phototoxic mechanism for how sunscreen ingredient injures anemones and corals, exacerbating the harm from our warming oceans.

Presented in collaboration with the SSU Biology Department's Colloquium Series.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

people in nature looking at SOD symptoms sheet

Osborn Sudden Oak Death Blitz

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

Help control this destructive forest pathogen! Now in its 17th year, this statewide citizen science project is vital to managing Sudden Oak Death. Sonoma County continues to be a hotbed of infection, and Osborn Preserve was the first location it was detected here back in 2001, so maintaining long-term research on site is particularly important. 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). 

¡Ayúdanos a controlar un patógeno destruyendo el bosque! Ahora en su decimoséptimo año, este proyecto de ciencia comunitaria, estatal, ha sido vital en controlar la Muerte Súbita Del Roble . Desafortunadamente, este patógeno continúa infectando a muchos árboles robles en el condado de Sonoma desde 2001, cuando primero detectaron el patógeno en la área natural protegida conocida como Fairfield Osborn Preserve. Debido a su estatus como epicentro del patógeno es importante continuar recolectando información para la investigación científica con propósito de ayudarnos a entender los efectos del patógeno en la comunidad del bosque a través del largo plazo. Aprenda cómo recolectar sus propias pruebas de los árboles robles, y mandar a que sean analizadas, sin costo alguno. Este es un evento bilingüe (Inglés y Español).

Saturday, May 4, 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. Join us for refreshments and an optional 45 minute hike with a recent SSU graduate from our training programs, Melia Zimmerman.

woman by an oak tree teaches people

Galbreath Sudden Oak Death Blitz

10:30am to 3:30pm
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Help control this destructive forest pathogen! Now in its 17th year, this statewide community science project is vital to managing Sudden Oak Death, which is widespread in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Join SSU students and staff in contributing to science while getting your own bay laurel and tanoak trees tested at no cost.

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

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. Watch recorded event here: Rx Burn Permits and Process - Part III, Good Fire Series 2024, May 4, 2024

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.