Past Events

Friday, April 17, 2020

a birder looks at her smartphone in front of trees

Citizen Science: Birding Apps

2:00pm to 3:00pm

The ‘sport’ of birding grows more and more popular every day, and has a powerfully healing, inspiring impact during this time of isolation. Phone apps can make the entire birding adventure more fun and instructive while helping us all contribute to an extensive worldwide data base. During this time, Margot will show you a few of her favorite apps to use in the field. Then there will be a time for you to step out your door, look through you window, open your ears and try one or all of the apps. The hour will end with a Q&A session about the apps. Watch recorded event here: Citizen Science: Birding Apps April 17, 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

trillium flower in bloom in nature

Deep Dive: Native Plant ID & Habitats

10:00am to 11:00am

Our area is home to many beautiful and fascinating native plants. Learn how to identify some common native species -- including ones you might find in your own backyard and at the Osborn Preserve. We will also explore what makes the north bay climate unique, and area vegetation types with which these plants are associated. Watch recorded event here: Native Plant ID & Habitats April 15, 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020

feet next to a map on soil outside with QGIS logo

Professional Training: Map Making with Open Source GIS

10:00am to 11:00am

This online webinar will teach students and the general public how to use open source programs to create maps and keep track of spatial data. This webinar is meant to help participants decide which free program best suits their map-making and map sharing needs. We will primarily use Google My Maps and QGIS. See event resources below and watch recorded event here: Map Making with Open Source GIS April 13, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

a hand holds a smart phone with the iNaturalist app open next to a sunflower in a field with a bee pollinating

Citizen Science: Intro and iNaturalist

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Have you ever wondered how to contribute to scientific research while having fun and without extensive training? Citizen Science is for you! Hear briefly what citizen science is and how it's powerful, then dive into the iNaturalist biodiversity app that allows us all to upload photo observations of natural animals, plants, fungus, and other signs of life we see in our daily lives and on nature explorations. Then take 15 minutes to make observations in your own "slice of nature" while sheltering-in-place -- out your window, in your garden, or even the plants growing in sidewalk cracks or the fly in your kitchen -- before coming back to share your discoveries and ask your iNat related questions. Watch recorded event here: Citizen Science: Intro and iNaturalist April 10, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020

a group of hikers watch a sunset

Natural History Hikes

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

No registration required! University students and community docents trained in natural history and interpretation of preserve programs will be your guide! Join them on one of many trails into this 450-acre preserve on the shoulder of Sonoma Mountain.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Children at last year's event look up a bird they observed in the field guide

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

9:30am to 2:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Children can be ideal citizen scientists – observant, curious, good at following directions – yet don’t often get a chance to contribute. Bring your kids ages 8-17 to this bilingual (English/Spanish) junior version of the 119 year old Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Learn bird ID, field guide & binocular skills while contributing to Cornell Lab research!

Los niños pueden ser científicos ciudadanos ideales: observadores, curiosos, buenos para seguir instrucciones, pero a menudo no tienen la oportunidad de contribuir. Traiga a sus hijos de 8 a 17 años a esta versión junior bilingüe (inglés / español) del Conteo de pájaros de Navidad Audubon con 119 años de tradición. ¡Aprenda identificación de aves, guía de campo y habilidades binoculares mientras contribuye a la investigación de Cornell Lab!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Chanterelle mushrooms with acorns and scattered leaves on moss

Galbreath Mushroom Blitz

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

Mushrooms in the wild are indicators of soil and air quality, and support plant growth and communication. For the third consecutive year, students and the community will comb the hills of Galbreath Preserve to collect as many fungal species as possible. Build identification and sustainable harvesting skills while adding to our research database.

Manos sosteniendo una bombilla que se ha partido por la mitad en la hierba

Etnobotánica en Español (Ethnobotany in Spanish)

9:00am to 1:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Para encontrar soluciones a los desafíos ambientales que enfrenta la tierra, necesitamos que todos compartan sus perspectivas. Desafortunadamente, se está perdiendo el conocimiento tradicional, y aquellos que no hablan inglés como su primer idioma quedan fuera de la conversación. Cambiaremos todo eso a medida que aprendamos los usos tradicionales de las plantas nativas y las habilidades para identificarlas, ¡en español!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Leader TreeGirl and a colleague smile at the camera while embracing a tree

Forest Ecotherapy

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

*RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH FROM 1-5 P.M.* Ever wished for a less stressful, more fulfilling life without being tethered to distracting technology? Join TreeGirl as we spend a day of re-enchantment engaging in multi-sensory experiences and simple ceremony to reconnect with the wisdom of forest. Learn skills to leave techno-stress behind and rebond with nature for health and well-being.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Turkey tail mushrooms on a moss-covered log

Osborn Mushroom Blitz

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

Wild mushrooms are indicators of soil and air quality, and support plant growth and communication. Join us for the 3rd annual mushroom blitz, traversing the Osborn Preserve collecting as many fungal species as we can find. As you build your identification and sustainable harvesting skills, you will add to the Center's research databases.