news & updates

POSTED 4/14/14

2014 Wildflower Festival a Huge Success

Pepperwood would like to thank everyone that came out to our 6th annual Wildflower Festival on Sunday, April 13th. We had around 1,150 visitors - our biggest crowd yet!

We'd like to express our gratitude to all of our amazing volunteers who assisted with everything from parking to leading hikes. We couldn't have done it without you!

And we'd like to extend a special thank you to our 2014 Wildflower Festival fiscal sponsors and in-kind sponsors who made this event possible!

Looking for an opportunity to come back and experience Pepperwood again? Check out a list of upcoming events here.
POSTED 3/31/14

Upcoming Class

Edible and Medicinal Plants
of the North Bay region

Two Day Workshop
Saturday, April 19, 9:30am to 4pm
Sunday, April 20, 9am to 3pm

Join clinical herbalist Tellur Fenner for an exploration of the many edible and medicinal plants native to our region.

$85 per participant ($75 for members). For ages 14 and up. Click here to register or learn more.

View our complete offerings.
POSTED 2/10/14

2013 Annual Report

Read highlights of this past year's activities in Pepperwood's new
2013 Annual Report.
POSTED 1/27/14

Preserve Ecologist Published

Michelle Halbur's research paper on vernal pools was published in the January 2014 issue of Conservation Genetics. It describes the impact of mitigation on an endangered vernal pool plant that occurs near Santa Rosa, called Sebastopol meadowfoam.

Click here to view the paper.
POSTED 1/7/14

New Classes for 2014

Pepperwood has an exciting collection of classes lined up for the new year!

Other offerings include a class on wildlife tracking, a family-oriented evening hike, a new journaling retreat with John Muir Laws, and much more.

Click here to view a complete event listing.
POSTED 12/12/13

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!

My favorite part was when I held the millipede.
I loved the Pepperwood Preserve so much I want to go back!
3rd grader, Proctor Terrace Elementary
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