Calendar & Events

Dig into Nature with us! After a successful pivot to virtual events in spring 2020, we have continued with an extensive series of virtual events each semester. Let’s learn new skills and deepen our understanding of the earth together! Watch recordings of 2020-2021 events under "Past Events." For questions, please conctact Kerry Wininger.

  • Local Nature - Live presentations combined with local nature explorations
  • Deep Dives - Live and recorded lectures from experts
  • Citizen Science Primers - Data collection and analysis from home
  • Professional Trainings - Certifications and professional skills
  • Learn with a Naturalist - Informal discussions and fun outdoors
  • Live from the Field - Conversations with researchers at field stations worldwide

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Hand holding a leaf-nosed bat

Bat Tech

6:30pm to 9:30pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Bats’ voracious appetite for insects make them a major biological influence, yet we lack even basic information about them in California oak woodlands. Gain knowledge and skills to further citizen scientist bat research, and learn how technology is used to identify, track and protect bats from threats like wind turbines and White Nose Syndrome.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

harvested acorns on the forest floor

Power of the Acorn

9:00am to 1:00pm
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve


Native people honor oak woodlands as one of the world’s most life sustaining landscapes. Come walk through the woods of Galbreath Preserve from a Native Pomo perspective, reconnecting to its power and grandeur. We will learn the time-honored skill of sustainable acorn-collecting, and gain insight into oak propagation to help rebuild our forests.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Leader TreeGirl and a colleague smile at the camera while embracing a tree

Forest Ecotherapy

1:30pm to 5:30pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Ever wished for a less stressful, more fulfilling life without being tethered to distracting technology? Join TreeGirl as we spend a day of re-enchantment engaging in multi-sensory experiences and simple ceremony to reconnect with the wisdom of forest. Learn skills to leave techno-stress behind and rebond with nature for health and well-being.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Children search for insects and amphibians in the creek at Galbreath Preserve

Comparte la Naturaleza con Niños (Share Nature with Kids)

9:30am to 1:00pm
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Let Anderson Valley summer school students introduce you to the ponds, creeks, forests and grasslands of the Galbreath Preserve on this Spanish-language family adventure. Our expert guides will encourage children to explore and teach you how to foster your child's natural love of science and the environment.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Chanterelle mushrooms with acorns and scattered leaves on moss

Galbreath Mushroom Blitz

10:00am to 3:00pm
Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Mushrooms in the wild are indicators of soil and air quality, and support plant growth and communication. For the third consecutive year, students and the community will comb the hills of Galbreath Preserve to collect as many fungal species as possible. Build identification and sustainable harvesting skills while adding to our research database.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Children at last year's event look up a bird they observed in the field guide

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

9:30am to 2:00pm
Fairfield Osborn Preserve