INSPIRING CONSERVATION THROUGH SCIENCE.

Upcoming Pepperwood Events

SEPTEMBER 2015

11
FRIDAY
Discover Nature: Wings in the Night
Bats and their Habits

Learn about these mysterious creatures and their behaviors on this informative and fun evening! See and hear stories about bats in their natural habitats: everything from what they eat, where they live, to what eats them, and why some are endangered. We will even meet some live bat ambassadors! Corky Quirk is the founder and executive director of Northern California Bats, a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of bats.

Friday, September 11, 2015
7pm lecture, open house starts at 6:30pm

Dwight Center
$10 suggested donation, students free
No reservations necessary
 
12
SATURDAY
Volunteer Workday
Volunteers are needed to assist with various outdoor projects related to the ecological restoration and management of the preserve. Projects may include invasive species removal, native seed collection, plant propagation, trail maintenance, building infrastructure and habitat restoration.

Volunteers are asked to dress in layers with sturdy shoes and a hat, and to bring a water bottle. Pepperwood will provide tools, work gloves and a delicious lunch!

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 8:30am - 12pm
RSVP required to Preserve Technician Celeste Dodge, cdodge@pepperwoodpreserve.org
or 707-591-9310 ext 207.
 
12
SATURDAY
Public Hike
Join us for fun, exercise, and learning! Explore Pepperwood’s forests and grasslands as you learn about animals, plants, and the natural history of our 3,200 acre preserve.

This is a moderate to strenuous hike of 3-4 miles.
Se habla Español!

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 9am - 1pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
 
19
SATURDAY
The Butterflies of Pepperwood
A Day Amongst the Dazzling Flyers

If you have ever wondered, “What kind of butterfly was that?” this is the day for you! Following an enticing presentation by lepidopterist Liam O'Brien, we will venture out into the field to find examples from each of the five butterfly families. Liam will demonstrate that the oft-maligned butterfly net is actually a valuable field tool... and not an instrument of death. It will be a catch-and-release day for all creatures involved!

The class includes a moderate hike of 1-3 miles at a slow pace.

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9am - 3pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $30 per participant
($25 for members)
Ages 13 and up welcome
 
26
SATURDAY
Family Hike
Join our experienced trail leaders for these fun and informative hikes designed specifically for families with kids. We will explore our unique habitats and stop frequently to touch, discover, and learn about amazing plants and animals. Backpacks are welcome, but no strollers, please. All are welcome to stay and picnic after the hike.

This will be a moderate hike of 1-3 miles at a slow pace. Se habla Español!

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10am - 12pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
All ages welcome
 
26
SATURDAY
Birding for Beginners
Have you ever wondered which kind of bird was up in that tree, or what bird was creating that beautiful song? Join local bird expert Lisa Hug for an introduction to identifying birds. We will begin the day in the classroom learning the basics of bird identification and the use of binoculars. Then we’ll practice these newly acquired skills in the field by identifying fall birds.

Some slow hiking of 1-3 miles off trail over uneven terrain is required.

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9am - 3pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $30 per participant
($25 for members)
Ages 13 and up welcome

OCTOBER 2015

03
SATURDAY
Pepperwood Anniversary Sunset Celebration
A fundraiser honoring Pepperwood founders Herb & Jane Dwight, featuring an unforgettable performance by renowned composer and pianist Nolan Gasser

Our first-ever fundraising event commemorates Pepperwood's 10 Year Anniversary and celebrates our accomplishments over the past decade. There will be great food, Nicholson Ranch wine, wonderful camaraderie and a two-part performance of classical, jazz, rock and world music by Nolan Gasser and special guest stars. It is an event not to be missed!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
4:30pm to 7:00pm

Dwight Center for Conservation Science

Sponsorship Opportunities are available now and a limited number of tickets will be available to the public beginning Tuesday, September 1st. Please contact Julie Bartice for more information about sponsoring. Julie can be reached at (707) 591-9310 x 202 or jbartice@pepperwoodpreserve.org.
 
09
FRIDAY
Discover Nature: Burning Issues
Prescribed Fire in the State Forests

Controlled burning is a management tool that is used in most of California’s State Forests. Prescribed fire can accomplish a broad assortment of environmental goals, including disposal of dead forest debris, fire safety, forest health improvement, and regeneration of native plants. Jim Wright of CalFire will present on the benefits of controlled burning and the use of prescribed fire at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest near Middletown, California.

Friday, October 9, 2015
7pm lecture, open house starts at 6:30pm

Dwight Center
$10 suggested donation, students free
No reservations necessary
 
10
SATURDAY
Volunteer Workday
Volunteers are needed to assist with various outdoor projects related to the ecological restoration and management of the preserve. Projects may include invasive species removal, native seed collection, plant propagation, trail maintenance, building infrastructure and habitat restoration.

Volunteers are asked to dress in layers with sturdy shoes and a hat, and to bring a water bottle. Pepperwood will provide tools, work gloves and a delicious lunch!

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:30am - 12pm
RSVP required to Preserve Technician Celeste Dodge, cdodge@pepperwoodpreserve.org
or 707-591-9310 ext 207.
 
10
SATURDAY
Family Overnight
Join naturalist and music educator Ginger Parish and Preserve Manager Michael Gillogly as we wander the rolling grassy hills and shady woodlands of Pepperwood. On short exploration walks we'll discover what lives in the meadow and along the forest edge. After a pot-luck dinner and old-fashioned sing-along, we'll unlock secrets of the "night life" here. The next morning we’ll look for birds of prey and search out reptiles. Bring a tent to sleep under the stars or sleep in the Bechtel House.

Saturday, October 10, at 2pm through
Sunday, October 11, 2015, at 12pm

Meet at the Becthel House
FEES: $25 per participant
($20 for members)
Families with children of all ages welcome
 
10
SATURDAY
Public Hike
Join us for fun, exercise, and learning! Explore Pepperwood’s forests and grasslands as you learn about animals, plants, and the natural history of our 3,200 acre preserve.

This is a moderate to strenuous hike of 3-4 miles.
Se habla Español!

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9am - 1pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
 
24
SATURDAY
Family Hike
Join our experienced trail leaders for these fun and informative hikes designed specifically for families with kids. We will explore our unique habitats and stop frequently to touch, discover, and learn about amazing plants and animals. Backpacks are welcome, but no strollers, please. All are welcome to stay and picnic after the hike.

This will be a moderate hike of 1-3 miles at a slow pace. Se habla Español!

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10am - 12pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
All ages welcome
 
30
FRIDAY
MEMBERS' EVENT:
Storytelling Night Hike
Members get ready for a night of ghoulish storytelling! You’ll be treated to a night hike with storytelling led by historical ecologist Arthur Dawson. Following our hike, we'll have a campfire, wine, appetizers and maybe even a marshmallow and s'more roasting!

EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEMBERS!

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Sloane by
October 26, 2015 at
sshinn@pepperwoodpreserve.org
or (707)591-9310 x133.

This event is offered exclusively for our members, whose investments are vital to our success. If you would like to become a member or learn more about our membership program please click here.

NOVEMBER 2015

06
FRIDAY
Discover Nature: Where the Wild Things Are
Ever wonder what takes place in the wilderness when we are not looking?

Come explore the amazing animals of Pepperwood through the eyes of our wildlife cameras. See bucks rutting, skunks lumbering about, and bobcats sleeking across the screen all while learning about the important wildlife conservation research that Pepperwood is pioneering in the North Bay. Surprisingly, where the wild things are is not as far away as you might think! Michelle Halbur has served as Pepperwood's Preserve Ecologist since 2011 and manages many of our research projects, including the wildlife-monitoring program. Native to Sonoma County, Michelle greatly values the biodiversity of our region and is honored to work on important conservation and land management research at Pepperwood.

Friday, November 6, 2015
7pm lecture, open house starts at 6:30pm

Dwight Center
$10 suggested donation, students free
No reservations necessary
 
07
SATURDAY
Fall Retreat: Bird Language and Animal Tracking
Reading the Signs of a Landscape

Why do the birds sing in the morning, crows make a racket, or critters drop scat in your front yard? If we can learn to interpret the language of birds and the signs of animals, we will begin to see and hear the story of the land. Join Meghan Walla-Murphy to learn bird language basics and the many intricacies of animal track and sign. As an educator, ecological consultant, and writer of books, articles, and essays, Meghan strives to connect people with their internal and external landscapes.

Most of this class will be held in the field and will include hiking 1-3 miles at a slow pace. Bring a tent to sleep under the stars or sleep in the Bechtel House.

Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast are included.

Saturday, November 7 at 9am through
Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 3pm
with optional overnight

Meet at the Bechtel House
FEES: $180 per participant
($160 for members) Ages 13 and up welcome
 
14
SATURDAY
Public Hike
Join us for fun, exercise, and learning! Explore Pepperwood’s forests and grasslands as you learn about animals, plants, and the natural history of our 3,200 acre preserve.

This is a moderate to strenuous hike of 3-4 miles.
Se habla Español!

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9am - 1pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
 
14
SATURDAY
Autumn Watercolor Painting
As artist Pamela Glasscock will attest, when the spring and summer blooms are over, there are many interesting things to look at in the plant world, and a different palette to explore. We’ll have seedpods, autumn leaves, and fruits as models for this watercolor workshop. Materials, including a variety of watercolor papers, will be provided. All levels of experience are welcome.

Pamela's watercolors explore a botanical realism that combines the careful observation of plants with a focus on their expressive possibilities. Her work has been exhibited over the last thirty-five years in contemporary art galleries, museums, and botanical institutions. Recent exhibitions include “A Pepperwood Anthology” in the spring of 2013, where thirty-five watercolor portraits of spring flowers at Pepperwood were displayed.

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9am - 3pm
Meet at the Bechtel House
FEES: $65 per participant
($55 for members)
Ages 13 and up welcome
 
21
SATURDAY
Family Hike
Join our experienced trail leaders for these fun and informative hikes designed specifically for families with kids. We will explore our unique habitats and stop frequently to touch, discover, and learn about amazing plants and animals. Backpacks are welcome, but no strollers, please. All are welcome to stay and picnic after the hike.

This will be a moderate hike of 1-3 miles at a slow pace. Se habla Español!

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10am - 12pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
All ages welcome

DECEMBER 2015

05
SATURDAY
Holiday Wreath Making
Enjoy learning how to create a beautiful holiday wreath using local natural materials. Instructor Tasha Drengson will provide a demonstration and then provide individual guidance to help you create a stunning wreath to take home using a palette of materials gathered at Pepperwood. Ms. Drengson has worked as a floral designer and art educator for over 20 years with her work appearing in exhibitions including the renowned de Young Museum’s “Bouquets to Art.”

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Two times available:
10:30am - 12:00pm OR 1:00pm - 2:30pm


Meet at the Bechtel House
FEES: $25 per participant
($20 for members) Ages 7 and up welcome
 
12
SATURDAY
Mushrooms and Other “Fun-Guys”
Have you ever wondered about the diverse array of mushrooms along the trail? Did you know there are slimes native to our area? Join Chris Kjeldsen, retired Sonoma State University botany professor and an expert on molds, mushrooms, and other “fun-guys” as we learn to recognize the amazing array of fungi and their equally amazing features.

This class will primarily take place in the field and will include a moderate hike of 1-3 miles at a slow pace.

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 9am - 3pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $30 per participant
($25 for members)
Ages 13 and up welcome

JANUARY 2016

16
SATURDAY
Mayacamas Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Discover local habitats as you search for as many birds as you can find! This annual event begins with a “binocular boot camp” where participants will learn the basics of binocular use. Then you will work in teams with local bird experts and be assigned to explore one of three local ecosystems in search of birds. Teams will return to the Dwight Center to share their findings and celebrate their efforts helping to protect local birds! All findings will be posted on eBird.org.

The count will include an easy hike of 1-3 miles at a slow pace. Se habla Español!

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8:30am - 1:30pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, with donations appreciated
Children ages 7 and up welcome!
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
Copyright © Pepperwood Foundation 2006-2015.
2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 591-9310 Fax: (707) 591-9315