Calendar of Events

Dig into Nature with us! We pivoted to virtual events in spring 2020, and are now offering both virtual and on-preserve events. 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 foster climate resilience collaboration
  • Deep Dives - Live and recorded lectures and panels with experts
  • Learn with a Naturalist - Informal chats and fun outdoors
  • Live from the Field - Conversations with field station researchers worldwide
  • Local Nature - Live presentations with nature explorations close to home
  • Naturalist Ed Series (At Osborn Preserve) - Hikes with local experts & a learning community of naturalist educators

 

Saturday, November 19, 2022

a naturalist presenting to a group on a trail

Natural History Hikes

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

At registration, you will be asked if you can provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. All staff are vaccinated. Do not attend if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you have any symptoms that may be indicative of COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated. You are highly encouraged to properly wear a mask when indoors (e.g., education center at Osborn Preserve, carpooling to or from the preserve), even if you are vaccinated. Bandanas, gaiters or vented masks are not suitable. We will spend all of our time outdoors where social distancing is possible. All SSU updated guidelines can be found here.

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. 

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

At registration, you will be asked if you can provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. All staff are vaccinated. Do not attend if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you have any symptoms that may be indicative of COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated. You are highly encouraged to properly wear a mask when indoors (e.g., education center at Osborn Preserve, carpooling to or from the preserve), even if you are vaccinated. Bandanas, gaiters or vented masks are not suitable. We will spend all of our time outdoors where social distancing is possible. All SSU updated guidelines can be found here.

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. 

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 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.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Community naturalists at Osborn Preserve

Naturalist Ed Series: Become an Osborn Naturalist!

10:00am to 3:00pm
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 the natural history of local species and new ideas for sharing your knowledge with children. 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.”

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