INSPIRING CONSERVATION THROUGH SCIENCE.

Upcoming Pepperwood Events

FEBRUARY 2016

13
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.
Hablamos Español!

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9am-1pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
 
27
SATURDAY
Natural Mushroom Dyes of Sonoma County
Discover an amazing range of vibrant natural dye colors hidden in our Sonoma County wild mushrooms under the guidance of local expert mushroom dyer and scientific illustrator Dorothy Beebee. Use local fresh and dried fungi to dye samples of pre-mordanted wool and silk fibers. Expect a shimmering spectrum of reds, rose, burnt orange, yellow, and maybe even a magical blue-green and violet dye to emerge from our dye pots! All fungi and fibers to take home will be provided.

Dorothy has taught mushroom dye workshops for mycological societies all across the United States. She is active in the Sonoma County Mycological Society and current president of the International Mushroom Dye Institute.

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9am-3pm
Meet at the Bechtel House
FEES: $55 per participant
($45 for members)
Ages 13 and up welcome

MARCH 2016

04
FRIDAY
MEMBERS' EVENT
State of Pepperwood Address
Please join us for a fun and informative evening recapping highlights from Pepperwood’s first decade. Dr. Lisa Micheli will also share recent developments and the inside scoop on our goals and aspirations for 2016 and beyond.

EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEMBERS!

Learn how Pepperwood’s latest education efforts, cutting-edge science projects, and our collaborations with other dynamic environmental leaders are helping us tackle the biggest conservation issues facing Northern California.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served along with Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc and La Crema Russian River Pinot Noir wines generously donated by Jackson Family Wines. The event will be held at the Dwight Center for Conservation Science.

Friday, March 4, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Julie by March 1st.
jbartice@pepperwoodpreserve.org
or (707)591-9310 x202.

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.
 
05
SATURDAY
Beautiful and Beguiling Birds:
A Family Expedition
Up and away! Learn to identify some of Pepperwood’s winter bird visitors with our environmental educator Nicole Barden. Families will take a slow and easy hike looking for birds and other signs of wildlife. Then we will play an avian game and make a bird craft to take home. All are welcome to stay and picnic after the hike. Hablamos Español!

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8:30am-12pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $10 per participant
($5 for members)
All ages welcome
 
05
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, March 5, 2016, 9am - 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.
Hablamos Español!

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 9am-1pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
 
19
SATURDAY
Introduction to Lichens and Lichen Identification
Interested in lichens? Do you want to know what lichens are, where they grow, how they reproduce, and how to identify them? If so, this is the workshop for you! Shelly Benson, Sonoma County lichenologist, will enlighten you with the biology, ecology, and identification of these amazing organisms. As President of the California Lichen Society, Shelly has been studying lichens for the past 16 years. She earned her MS degree from the University of Northern British Columbia where she studied lichens growing in the treetops of old growth forests in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

This class includes a lecture, a field exploration, and lab time to identify lichens. The excursion will be 1-3 miles at a slow pace.

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9am-3pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $25 per participant
($20 for members)
Ages 13 and up welcome
 
19
SATURDAY
Capturing Natural Beauty
Illustrating Wildflowers in Colored Pencil

Enjoy lovely views from the Bechtel House while drawing spring wildflowers in colored pencil. Explore a variety of colored pencil techniques and color theory with botanical illustrator Nina Antze. We will focus on seasonal wildflowers growing behind the Bechtel House, working and lunching outside (weather permitting). All drawing levels welcome!

Nina is a botanical artist living in Sonoma County. She has a degree in fine arts from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. She has exhibited her artwork in New York, at the Huntington Library, and at the Filoli Gardens. She is a member of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9am-3pm
Meet at the Bechtel House
FEES: $45 per participant
($40 for members)
Ages 13 and up welcome
 
20
SUNDAY
Edible and Medicinal Plants of the North Bay
Have you ever tasted a roasted bay nut, nettle pesto, or sautéed milk thistle greens? Come explore the world of edible plants found at Pepperwood and throughout Sonoma County with Autumn Summers, teacher and program coordinator for the California School of Herbal Studies.

Class will begin inside with a lecture and hands-on experience identifying fresh plants, cooking, and tasting the local edibles. Then we’ll head out on the trails near the Dwight Center for a moderate 1-3 mile hike at a slow pace. Our focus will be on the plants available during the spring season. Instructors will cover how to identify, properly harvest, store and prepare our regional foods. We are surrounded by food and medicine if we know what to look for!

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 9am-3pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $45 per participant
($40 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 Pepperwood’s unique habitats and stop frequently to touch, discover, and learn about the many amazing plants and animals that call them home. 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. Hablamos Español!

Saturday, March 26, 2016, 10am-12pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
All ages welcome

APRIL 2016

01
FRIDAY
DISCOVER NATURE
The Synergy of Art and Science
Perspectives of Pepperwood

Come with all your senses tuned in for a lecture and visual tour of Pepperwood’s 3,200 acre preserve that explores the synergy of art and science. Shawn Brumbaugh, Santa Rosa Junior College biology instructor joins artist and art instructor Marsha Connell on a painting and drawing journey observing and interpreting Pepperwood’s majestic landscapes. Our presenters will discuss the historical importance of sketching in documenting scientific inquiry. Marsha Connell and Shawn Brumbaugh discovered their common interests through co-teaching the Natural History of Pepperwood course, which certifies participants as UC California Naturalists and served as the pilot for the now state-wide program.

Friday, April 1, 2016
7pm lecture, open house starts at 6:30pm

Dwight Center
$10 suggested donation, students free
No reservations necessary
 
02
SATURDAY
Reptiles and Amphibians of Pepperwood
Accompany Dr. Nick Geist on an exciting field exploration of reptiles and amphibians. Pepperwood has a remarkable diversity of frogs, salamanders, lizards, snakes, and turtles in its various habitats. Learn where they live, what they eat, how they reproduce, how they are faring in the face of urban and agricultural development, and how these animals might be affected by climate change.

Dr. Geist is a professor of biology and paleontology at Sonoma State University where his research interests focus on the reproductive behavior of reptiles. He is currently studying temperature-dependent sex determination, population dynamics, and conservation of western pond turtles. Other areas of active research include the evolution of reproductive strategies of crocodiles, dinosaurs, and birds. Dr. Geist earned his PhD in zoology from Oregon State University.

This class includes a moderate hike of 1-3 miles at a brisk pace.

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9am-3pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $25 per participant
($20 for members)
Ages 13 and up welcome
 
02
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, April 2, 2016, 9am - 12pm
RSVP required to Preserve Technician Celeste Dodge, cdodge@pepperwoodpreserve.org
or 707-591-9310 ext 207.
 
09
SATURDAY
Introduction to Field Photography at Pepperwood
Want to capture that special shot while in the great outdoors? Learn the basics of field photography and camera usage with Jerry Corsi, professional photographer and co-owner of Focus on Nature. Experience Pepperwood’s woodland, grassland, and wetland habitats, practicing the art of observation and sharpening your photography skills for documenting landscape, flora, and fauna. Topics and demonstrations include composition, lighting, exposure, camera supports, use of different digital formats, and digital manipulation.

Open to photographers and naturalists at all levels of experience with a single lens reflex camera (SLR) or an advanced point and shoot camera that allows for manual adjustment of aperture and speed. Jerry’s work has been featured in a number of publications including National Geographic.

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

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9am-3pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $30 per participant
($25 for members)
Ages 13 and up welcome
 
15
FRIDAY
Wildflower Walk
Enjoy the splendor of springtime in the flowering grasslands of Pepperwood. Take in the beauty of the season as Pepperwood staff and expert volunteers point out what is blooming. Participants are welcome to stay and enjoy a picnic lunch adjacent to the gorgeous meadows.

The walks will be up to 1 mile at a slow pace, stopping frequently to point out wildflower species.

Friday, April 15, 2016, 10am-12pm
Meet at the Red Barn
FREE, donations appreciated
Ages 13 and up welcome
 
16
SATURDAY
Family Hike
Join our experienced trail leaders for these fun and informative hikes designed specifically for families with kids. We will explore Pepperwood’s unique habitats and stop frequently to touch, discover, and learn about the many amazing plants and animals that call them home. 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. Hablamos Español!

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10am-12pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
All ages welcome
 
16
SATURDAY
SPRING RETREAT
Journaling Weekend with John Muir Laws
Immerse yourself in art and nature in this weekend journaling retreat with John Muir (Jack) Laws, author and illustrator of several books including The Laws Pockets Guide Set to the San Francisco Bay Area, Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada and The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds. Keeping a nature journal that encourages discovery and curiosity is the most effective way to train yourself to be a naturalist. Learn to quickly draw what you see so that the journal becomes a tool to help you observe more deeply. Explore observation and curiosity-enhancing exercises while refining your drawing and writing skills. This workshop will give you a rich toolbox of nature study techniques for you to journal your way into summer.

Naturalist, educator, and artist Jack Laws delights in exploring the natural world and sharing this love with others. Jack has worked as an environmental educator for over 25 years in California, Alaska, and Wyoming. Founder of the Bay Area Nature Journal Club, Jack is a trained wildlife biologist and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. Participants are invited to stay at the Bechtel House or under the stars.

Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast are included.

Saturday, April 16 at 9am through
Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 3pm
with optional overnight

Meet at the Bechtel House
FEES: $180 per participant
($160 for members) Ages 13 and up welcome
 
17
SUNDAY
Wildflower Walk
Enjoy the splendor of springtime in the flowering grasslands of Pepperwood. Take in the beauty of the season as Pepperwood staff and expert volunteers point out what is blooming. Participants are welcome to stay and enjoy a picnic lunch adjacent to the gorgeous meadows.

The walks will be up to 1 mile at a slow pace, stopping frequently to point out wildflower species.

Saturday, April 17, 2016, 10am-12pm
Meet at the Red Barn
FREE, donations appreciated
Ages 13 and up welcome
 
22
FRIDAY
Wildflower Walk
Enjoy the splendor of springtime in the flowering grasslands of Pepperwood. Take in the beauty of the season as Pepperwood staff and expert volunteers point out what is blooming. Participants are welcome to stay and enjoy a picnic lunch adjacent to the gorgeous meadows.

The walks will be up to 1 mile at a slow pace, stopping frequently to point out wildflower species.

Friday, April 22, 2016, 10am-12pm
Meet at the Red Barn
FREE, donations appreciated
Ages 13 and up welcome
 
23
SATURDAY
Family Overnight at Pepperwood
Join Pepperwood’s preserve manager, Michael Gillogly, and naturalist and music educator Ginger Parish, for a springtime overnight exploration of Pepperwood. We'll wander the rolling grassy hills and shady woodlands using all of our senses to discover life in the woods and meadows. After a potluck dinner we’ll enjoy an old-fashioned campfire program. The next morning will find us exploring Turtle Pond and the creatures that call it home. Sleep under the stars or in the Bechtel House. This overnight includes a moderate hike of 1-3 miles at a slow pace.

Saturday, April 23, at 2pm through
Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 12pm

Meet at the Becthel House
FEES: $25 per participant
($20 for members)
Families with children of all ages welcome
 
24
SUNDAY
Wildflower Walk
Enjoy the splendor of springtime in the flowering grasslands of Pepperwood. Take in the beauty of the season as Pepperwood staff and expert volunteers point out what is blooming. Participants are welcome to stay and enjoy a picnic lunch adjacent to the gorgeous meadows.

The walks will be up to 1 mile at a slow pace, stopping frequently to point out wildflower species.

Saturday, April 24, 2016, 10am-12pm
Meet at the Red Barn
FREE, donations appreciated
Ages 13 and up welcome
 
30
SATURDAY
Day of the Child - Día del Niño at Pepperwood
Join our staff and local environmental partner organizations for a fun day exploring nature. This family-friendly event will include craft activities, short and easy guided hikes, microscope explorations with local insects, bug catching, bird box building, and more! Come and see our beautiful wildlife, and enjoy some family fun out in nature and in our science classroom.

No reservations needed. Hablamos Español!

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10am-4pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
All ages welcome

MAY 2016

06
FRIDAY
DISCOVER NATURE
Secrets of the Oak Woodlands
Science and Stories from the Forest

Join Kate Marianchild, author of Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plant and Animals among California’s Oaks, as she takes us on an exuberant romp through the oak woodlands, California’s most diverse and widespread ecosystem. We will crawl into wood rat houses, explore ponds and their secretive newts, and gaze at the sky through the third eye of a western fence lizard. In this illustrated lecture, Kate will share fascinating facts and stories from her recently published book. Books and close-focusing binoculars will be available for purchase (cash or check) and Kate will sign books following the lecture.

Friday, May 6, 2016
7pm lecture, open house starts at 6:30pm

Dwight Center
$10 suggested donation, students free
No reservations necessary
 
07
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, May 7, 2016, 9am - 12pm
RSVP required to Preserve Technician Celeste Dodge, cdodge@pepperwoodpreserve.org
or 707-591-9310 ext 207.
 
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.
Hablamos Español!

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9am-1pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
 
15
SUNDAY
Landscape Painting: Observation and Expression
Deepen your observational skills and express your responses to Pepperwood's verdant and blossoming spring landscape. Explore plein air painting with artist and Santa Rosa Junior College instructor Marsha Connell. Beginning painters will learn basics of working in the field. Experienced painters may expand their repertoire with elements of realism, impressionism, expressionism, and more, with support for finding their own voice. Demonstrations given in oil but students may use any media.

Marsha’s expressive and colorist paintings convey the spirit of place and invite a consideration of the inner landscape. A gifted educator, Marsha has taught through numerous venues including Sonoma State University, the California Arts Project, the Plein Rain Painters of Juneau, Alaska, and the Rush Studio in Taos, New Mexico and San Miguel Allende, Mexico.

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 9am-3pm
Meet at the Bechtel House
FEES: $45 per participant
($40 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 Pepperwood’s unique habitats and stop frequently to touch, discover, and learn about the many amazing plants and animals that call them home. 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. Hablamos Español!

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10am-12pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
FREE, donations appreciated
All ages welcome

JUNE 2016

11
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, June 11, 2016, 9am - 12pm
RSVP required to Preserve Technician Celeste Dodge, cdodge@pepperwoodpreserve.org
or 707-591-9310 ext 207.
 
13
MONDAY
Budding Biologists Day Camp
Week 1
Hike, discover, and create nature journals during our fun-filled day camp led by Pepperwood’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable environmental educators Nicole Barden and Jesse Robinson. With explorations of forests, meadows, and ponds, each day will feature a hands-on science activity, nature journaling, hiking, and exploring. Campers will learn interesting facts about local flora and fauna while having fun with campmates and learning to love the outdoors!

Monday through Friday, June 13-18, 2016
9am-3pm each day

Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $225 per participant
($200 for members)
Ages 7-12 welcome
 
20
MONDAY
Budding Biologists Day Camp
Week 2
Hike, discover, and create nature journals during our fun-filled day camp led by Pepperwood’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable environmental educators Nicole Barden and Jesse Robinson. With explorations of forests, meadows, and ponds, each day will feature a hands-on science activity, nature journaling, hiking, and exploring. Campers will learn interesting facts about local flora and fauna while having fun with campmates and learning to love the outdoors!

Monday through Friday, June 20-25, 2016
9am-3pm each day

Meet at the Dwight Center
FEES: $225 per participant
($200 for members)
Ages 7-12 welcome
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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