news & updates

POSTED 2/29/16


State of Pepperwood Address Friday, March 4, 2016

Pepperwood members are invited to join us for a fun and informative evening with our President & CEO Dr. Lisa Micheli. Lisa will recap highlights from Pepperwood’s first decade and share recent developments and the inside scoop on our goals and aspirations for 2016 and beyond.

Click here to learn more.
POSTED 2/18/16

Pepperwood Hosts Leadership Santa Rosa

Pepperwood hosted Leadership Santa Rosa for their Natural Resource Day on February 18th. Our President Dr. Lisa Micheli gave a keynote speech to kick off the day's discussion that covered water, land use, wildlife, energy, and waste management.

Click here to learn more about Leadership Santa Rosa.
POSTED 2/16/16

Pepperwood in the News

Pepperwood will serve on the steering committee as lead science adviser for a coalition of 30 Sonoma County organizations awarded funds to help protect agricultural lands critical to water supply and habitat.

Read a Press Democrat article about the federal grant funding and the projects it will support here.
POSTED 1/11/16

Register now for Spring 2016 classes

Join Pepperwood for some of our fun and informative workshops and events this spring.

Family Birding Expedition
Saturday, March 5, 9am-3pm
$10, click here to register.

Public Hike
Saturday, March 12, 9am-1pm
FREE, click here to make a reservation (required).

Click here to view all of our offerings.

Pepperwood members receive a discount on all classes with a fee! If you're already a member, enter your discount code when you register. Not a member? Click here to learn about the program.
POSTED 12/14/15

Pepperwood Presenting at AGU's Fall Meeting

Pepperwood's President & CEO Dr. Lisa Micheli will be presenting as part of the White House's session Linking Climate Resources for Community Resilience on December 14th at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting.

With nearly 24,000 attendees, this American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world!

Click here to learn more about Lisa's presentation.
POSTED 11/23/15

Improving the Success of Biodiversity Conservation in the Bay Area

Check out a new blog post by Switzer Foundation Fellow and Pepperwood Climate Adaptation Scientist Dr. Nicole Heller.

Click here to read the post.
POSTED 10/15/15

Pepperwood Educators at National Conference

This week Pepperwood's education staff will be attending the North American Association for Environmental Education conference in San Diego, CA!

In addition to learning about the latest trends and research in environmental education and communication they will also be presenting best practices from Pepperwood. Education Director Sandi Funke will be moderating a symposium on fortifying the environmental career pipeline. Environmental Educator Nicole Barden will be presenting a poster on our TeenNat program.

Click here to learn more about NAAEE.
POSTED 10/3/15

Anniversary Sunset Celebration

Thank you to everyone who attended our Anniversary Sunset Celebration fundraiser on Saturday, October 3rd. Over $300,000 was raised to fund Pepperwood's work mitigating fire risks and restoring lands impacted by wildfire. We are touched by the support we received from the community!

Special thanks to our event sponsors:
American AgCredit
Exchange Bank
Jackson Family Wines
Nicholson Ranch
Summit State Bank
POSTED 9/18/15

TeenNat in the News

The Press Democrat featured an article about Pepperwood's TeenNat program!

TeenNat is an innovative youth leadership initiative that engages teens in science and nature through a 5-week summer internship at Pepperwood. Click here to read the online article.
POSTED 6/4/15

SCENIQ Accepted to Upstream Investments

Pepperwood's Students Conducting Environmental Inquiry (SCENIQ) program for local elementary schools has been accepted to Sonoma County's Upstream Investments Portfolio.

The Portfolio is a collection of local evidence-based programs proven to help eliminate poverty in Sonoma County and ensure equal opportunity for quality education.

Read more at our blog.
POSTED 5/21/15

Thinking Ahead about Climate Change in Sonoma County

Shouldn't our land conservation practices be informed by what our climate, water supply, and plant and animal life will look like in the future?

The Switzer Foundation just published a great article about the innovative work being done towards a more resilient Sonoma County, highlighting the leadership of Switzer Fellows including Pepperwood's Dr. Lisa Micheli and the ground-breaking climate research being done by TBC3.

Check it out here.
POSTED 5/15/15

New TBC3 Publication

Building Resilience to Climate Change

Pepperwood's Dr. Lisa Micheli and Dr. Nicole Heller are authors on a new TBC3 research publication in Ecosphere that explores how conservation networks that capture the full range of climatic diversity in a region will improve the resilience of biotic communities to climate change.

Click here to view the paper.
POSTED 4/13/15

Pepperwood in the News

A feature article about Pepperwood ran on the front page of today's North Bay Business Journal!

Read the web version here.
POSTED 12/1/15

Pepperwood E-Newsletter

Would you like to receive our monthly e-newsletter? Find out about upcoming events and our latest research including updates from our wildlife cameras!

Click here to sign up.
POSTED 2/21/06

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Nature within reach

Explore a distinct habitat just an hour from San Francisco

Collecting native grass seed for planting

Pepperwood is a leader in conservation dedicated to inspiring kids of all ages to satisfy their natural curiosity and become stewards of our habitat.

Our 3,120-acre preserve is rich in biodiversity and serves as a refuge for hundreds of plant and animal species. It provides an incredible venue for the entire family to connect with nature through a broad range of experiential activities.

Discover unseen worlds

Experience Pepperwood’s biodiversity on an educational hike

Learning about upland vernal pools

Whether exposing children to the wonders of nature or training future conservation professionals, Pepperwood Preserve inspires the entire family to connect with nature.

Check out our offerings in wildlife biology, botany, anthropology, natural history illustration, and resource management.

Grow Your Curiosity

Ask questions, explore, discover

Exploring Turtle Pond

Pepperwood offers a comprehensive, year-long educational program in which students become scientists called SCENIQ — Students Conducting Environmental Inquiry.

Teachers and parents — contact us to reserve a spot for your class!

Pepperwood also offers a wide variety of family programming, including classes that focus on biology, art and more!

Each summer, we offer our week long Budding Biologists day camp.

Commit to conservation

Join a vibrant community of citizen conservationists

Planting oak seedlings

Pepperwood volunteers get to dig in and learn about our local ecology through fun experiential activities.

Try out activities like planting native habitats, building trails, and archiving collections. In the process, find yourself and some new friends in nature!

Not only is the preserve a large scale sanctuary for habitats, wildlife and
people, Pepperwood emphasizes hands on learning in a fantastic
outdoor lab at the top of several watersheds.
Bill Keene, General Manager,
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
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