Events/Classes

E.g., 09/26/2022
E.g., 09/26/2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022

firefighter setting a prescribed burn

Live from the Field: Fire Across the Continent

11:00am to 12:00pm
Online

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers studying the effects of increasing wildfire frequency and intensity on natural systems in Arizona, California and Florida. Find out who they are, how they got interested in this field, and the research questions they are asking. Instructor Guide and Event Resources available. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

indigenous woman's face looks up

Many Faces of Conservation

1:00pm to 2:15pm
Online

Climate change has a deep and long-lasting effect on the environment and livelihoods worldwide. More and more countries acknowledge that culture, conservation and resilience have become ideas that transcend borders and inspire innovative, preventive, and adaptive solutions, which in many cases come from indigenous communities. Without them - the original owners and guardians of the Earth - and local actions, our planet’s further degradation will be unavoidable. How can you become a Champion for Nature? This and other questions will be raised and discussed in this dialogue with community leaders and experts from South and North America.

Friday, October 14, 2022

hands hold water as it pours out into river

Rising Waters: Water Quality & Homelessness - Year 2 Results

1:00pm to 3:00pm
Online

As part of the "Rising Waters" initiative, this Year 2 public results workshop presents the findings of several student research projects on the challenging intersection of environmental, social and economic factors that impact water quality. Last spring and summer, students worked with faculty mentors and community partners to study the nexus of homelessness and water quality issues, presenting preliminary findings as part of SSU's Virtual Research Gallery. Join us now to hear about final outcomes, ask questions, and provide input on how these results can be used to take action in our community, with the goal of finding new solutions that benefit people experiencing homelessness and ensure high water quality for everyone.

four photos of endangered songbirds

Bringing Nature Home for Birds

7:00pm to 9:00pm
SSU Main Campus

The population of many species of California songbirds is declining dramatically. Join us for a multimedia presentation by Kay Charter, founder and Executive Director of Saving Birds Thru Habitat, who will discuss what academic researchers believe to be the causes of this disturbing phenomenon. More importantly, she will outline in detail six simple, concrete actions we, as individuals and community members, can take to reverse this alarming trend. Though some of her call-to-action will be focused specifically on songbirds, many of her suggestions will benefit all our native creatures—all species of birds, of course, and butterflies, bees, moths, bats, and the animals we share our outdoor spaces with. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

image of the Carina Nebula in space

Outer Space: The Environmental Frontier

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Online

Humans have already breached the upper atmosphere with technological breakthroughs in rocketry, and have had a continuous presence in low-earth orbit on the International Space Station since October 31st, 2000. It is time to acknowledge that outer space is part of our natural environment, and to think about our uses and habitation in it in discussions on climate change and the Anthropocene. For those concerned about climate change, it is time to reckon with outer space as another human environment.

Saturday, October 22, 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.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

baby western pond turtle under water

Universities & Zoos Partnering for Biodiversity

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Online

What comes to mind when you hear the word "zoo?" A lion licking her paw on top of a rock in an enclosure? A cage full of brightly colored birds? But how about a behind-the-scenes nursery where baby turtles are being raised for release into the wild once old enough to fend for themselves? Turtle Headstart was just such a project developed by an SSU professor and staff at the San Francisco Zoo and the Oakland Zoo, working together to combine the resources of two very different types of institutions. This project is just one of many collaborations successfully combining the attributes of the academic with the practical. Our two presenters will focus on the value of such cooperation in the work to preserve nature’s biodiversity.

Saturday, October 29, 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.

Saturday, November 5, 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.

Saturday, November 12, 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.

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