Events/Classes

E.g., 12/09/2022
E.g., 12/09/2022

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, January 29, 2023

Amphibian eggs in creek

Naturalist Ed Series: Amphibian Life Cycles in the Watershed

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

Amphibians are thought to be extremely sensitive to changes in the environment and are particularly adapted to specific aquatic conditions for all or part of their life cycle. Join us during the optimal time of year to learn about these amazing, surprisingly adaptive, animals that include frogs, toads and salamanders! We will explore their natural breeding habitats as we travel to Osborn Preserve’s Copeland Creek, looking for amphibians along the way. You will also learn about SSU amphibian research involving breeding, adult behavior, larval habitat requirements, and habitat-use by a variety of different species.

Banana slug decomposing leaves

Naturalist Ed Series: Explorations with a Naturalist

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

Curiosity in nature supports a deeper understanding of the natural world. Join us to discover, celebrate and develop the free spirit of nature inquiry on Sonoma Mountain. We will explore Osborn Preserve’s hidden secrets through the process of inquiry. What various colors of fungus can be found, what are slime molds, where are amphibians hiding, what senses can we use to observe plants? Learn how outdoor inquiry can transform your daily life, as well as how it can give children hands-on experience of what they study in school.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

people outside look away at trees

Naturalist Ed Series: Osborn Preserve 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.

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.”

Osborn Naturalist doing inquiry at Osborn

Naturalist Ed Series: Hiking & Visiting Osborn on Your Own

10:00am to 3:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Learn Osborn Preserve’s hiking trails, games to play with children on the trail and how to gain additional access to the preserve on your own! Are you curious about the flexible program requirements to become an Osborn Naturalist to gain amazing opportunities that SSU’s Osborn Preserve has to offer? This event is mandatory for those who would like to become an Osborn Naturalist and optional for those interested in learning more about becoming an Osborn Naturalist.

California red-legged frog adult at night

Naturalist Ed Series: Vertebrates of Kelly Pond

3:30pm to 5:30pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Vertebrates are animals with backbones and include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes. Join Sonoma State University’s Biology graduate student, Hale Garcia-Dean, to hike up and explore Osborn Preserve’s Kelly Pond and learn about the ecology of the pond and the various vertebrates that can be found there. You will also learn about SSU research and conservation involving the California Red-legged Frog, a special-status species that occurs at the preserve and beyond.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Hound’s tongue on a journal page

Naturalist Ed Series: Early Flowering Plants & Nature Journaling

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

Nature journaling is noting observations of the natural world, including flora such as flowing plants. Join us to observe oak woodland, pond and grassland vegetation communities to discover flower shapes, leaf shapes, and more while learning to identify a variety of early-blooming plant species. We will explore Osborn Preserve through recording words, pictures and numbers to document our observations. What do we notice when we observe plants using our senses? Learn how outdoor inquiry through nature journaling can transform your daily life, as well as how it can give children hands-on experience involving what they study in school.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

a man holds a stick in the air in the forest

Ezell: Ballad of A Land Man

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Creating art that explores and inspires the possibility of living in harmony with nature and with one another, Clear Creek Creative presents their theatrical work Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man. An environmental, cultural, and spiritual parable derived from living in the foothills of Appalachia, about one man among many seeking to make sense of the time, place and condition in which we live. The development and sharing of this theatrical work is an attempt to make plain and disrupt domination — to reveal the patterns of domination behavior within this character Ezell, within his relationship to others and the land, within his livelihoods and his ways of being, within his ancestry and his belief system.

Friday, April 28, 2023

a man holds a stick in the air in the forest

Ezell: Ballad of A Land Man

5:00pm to 7:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Creating art that explores and inspires the possibility of living in harmony with nature and with one another, Clear Creek Creative presents their theatrical work Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man. An environmental, cultural, and spiritual parable derived from living in the foothills of Appalachia, about one man among many seeking to make sense of the time, place and condition in which we live. The development and sharing of this theatrical work is an attempt to make plain and disrupt domination — to reveal the patterns of domination behavior within this character Ezell, within his relationship to others and the land, within his livelihoods and his ways of being, within his ancestry and his belief system.

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