Past Events

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

transmission power line in front of hill

Building Resilience: Preparing Infrastructure

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online

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. At this event, we identify projects being undertaken to harden essential infrastructure in our area. This is the fifth event in the 2021-22 North Bay Forward "Building Resilience" monthly speaker series, a year-long conversation to increase community collaboration on resilience to climate change. Watch recorded event here: Building Resilience: Preparing Infrastructure February 9, 2022

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

a man stands on pile of rocks with arms outstreched

Naturalist Ed Series: Osborn Historical Ecology

1:00pm to 3:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Visitors sometimes refer to SSU’s Fairfield Osborn Preserve as “pristine,” untouched by human hands. In fact, the preserve’s vegetation communities are deeply informed by pre-colonial land management practices, to the point that many of them could be considered “human made” until Europeans arrived with very different land management approaches. We will explore the landscape through a cultural lens, and also learn about brand-new SSU Historical Ecology Research on the Osborn Preserve.

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.”

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Hawk on a snag

Naturalist Ed Series: Birds & How to Observe Them

2:30pm to 5:30pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Birds play vital roles in pollinating, controlling pests, fertilizing plants and more. Join us to learn about winter bird diversity at the Osborn Preserve! We will explore a variety of vegetation communities to search for, find and observe birds and evidence of birds. We will also learn about what resident and migratory birds are doing on Sonoma Mountain this winter.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

acorns in a hand over soil

Deep Dive: Benefits of Cultural & Prescribed Burning

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Online

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. Watch recorded event here: Deep Dive: Benefits of Cultural & Prescribed Burning, February 2, 2022 

Sunday, January 30, 2022

California red-legged frog surrounded by duckweed

Naturalist Ed Series: Amphibian Action!

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

Amphibians are extremely sensitive to changes in the environment and are more commonly observed during the wet season. Join us during the optimal time of year to learn about these amazing animals that include frogs, toads and salamanders! We will explore their natural breeding and upland habitats as we travel through Osborn Preserve. You will also learn about SSU amphibian research and the natural history of special-status frog species including the Foothill Yellow-legged Frog and California Red-legged Frog.

Buckeye seeds starting to sprout amongst leaves

Naturalist Ed Series: Observing & Identifying Plants

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

Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and support pollinators. Join us to learn about plant diversity at the Osborn Preserve! We will explore a variety of vegetation communities including oak woodland, riparian, grassland and more where we will observe plants through sight, touch and smell. Find out what different types of plants including mosses, ferns, cone-bearing plants and flowering plants are up to this winter season.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

a tree flowers in front of a lamp post and building

Building Resilience: Greening, Heat & Urban Trees

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online

Resilient communities use urban forestry to prepare for extreme heat events. Trees and vegetation can reduce heat by shading buildings, pavement, and other surfaces to prevent solar radiation from reaching surfaces that absorb heat, then transmit it to buildings and surrounding air. This is the fourth event in the 2021-22 North Bay Forward "Building Resilience" monthly speaker series, a year-long conversation to increase community collaboration on resilience to climate change. Watch recorded event here: Building Resilience: Greening, Heat & Urban Trees, January 12, 2022

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

homeless woman and dog in winter clothes on sidewalk

Building Resilience: Disaster Support for Vulnerable Populations

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online

Resilient societies connect people and support their most vulnerable populations with behavioral and health services. At this event, we focus on what programs are currently available and where gaps in support may exist for our most vulnerable populations. This is the third event in the 2021-22 North Bay Forward "Building Resilience" monthly speaker series, a year-long conversation to increase community collaboration on resilience to climate change. Watch recorded event here: Building Resilience: Disaster Support for Vulnerable Populations, December 8, 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

the gills of a matsutake mushroom

Local Nature: Mushrooming Basics & Blitz

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Online

The role of the fungi kingdom in our world cannot be overstated. Its members decompose, communicate and transfer data, feed us as well as many other earthly creatures, and perform duties perhaps undiscovered. In this hour, Melina will teach us about the key characteristics to look for that distinguish one mushroom species from another. She will show us how to capture those characteristics through photography and upload them to an iNaturalist project where the community will ID them and the project will give scientists an overview of species around you. Everyone is then encouraged to go out into the world, take photos, upload them to iNat and add to the growing worldwide data bank. Watch recorded event here: Local Nature: Mushrooming Basics & Blitz, November 30, 2021

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