Trainings

Naturalist Training

Learn natural history and teaching techniques as you explore the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. Apply your new-found skills leading preserve tours for children or adults. Learn from SSU faculty withi their areas of speciality.

  • Who Can Participate - All are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Internship and special studies credit are available for SSU students.
  • Where & When - Fairfield Osborn Preserve, 5 consecutive Sundays, 9 am to 5 pm. See Calendar. Search on "Naturalist Training"
  • How to Sign Up - Attend an informational meeting at the beginning of Spring and Fall semesters (January and August). Meetings are held after 5 pm on the SSU campus. See Calendar. Course fee is $40
  • Contact - Suzanne DeCoursey, ssu.preserves@sonoma.edu, 707.664.2197

Land Management Training

Learn the techniques and strategies for restoring creeks, woodlands and grasslands, including species identification, ecology, use of restoration tools, and management plan design. Apply your new-found skills working with experts from five non-profits partners on long-term restoration projects.

  • Who Can Participate - All are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Internship units and special studies credit are available for SSU students.
  • Where & When -  Fairfield Osborn Preserve and sites in west Sonoma County, 5 consecutive Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm. See Calendar. Search on "Land Management"
  • How to Sign Up - Attend an informational meeting at the beginning of Spring and Fall semesters (January and August). Meetings are held after 5 pm on the SSU campus. See Calendar. Course fee is $40.
  • Contact - Suzanne DeCoursey, ssu.preserves@sonoma.edu, 707.664.2197

Water Research Training

Learn how to conduct original research on water management challenges, such as water quality, sedimentation, and invasive species. You will work with experts from Sonoma Water to gather data on critical questions affecting the Laguna de Santa Rosa and beyond. Share your results at a presentation at Sonoma Water offices in Santa Rosa. 

  • Who Can Participate - SSU students enrolled in GEP 359: Special Topics in Environmental Systems 
  • Where & When - SSU Campus, course schedule varies. Contact Jackie Guilford.
  • How to Sign Up - Enroll in GEP 359. No fees.
  • Contact - Jackie Guilford, guilforj@sonoma.edu

Environmental Sensor Network Training

Learn Internet of Things (IoT) basics as you install and test components of environmental sensor networks at SSU Preserves. Training content includes how sensors generate data, how data are transmitted through space, and how data are delivered for viewing on the internet. Work alongside professionals as you install and test new components on preserve networks.   

  • Who Can Participate - All are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Internships and special studies units, or salaried positions are available for SSU students.
  • Where & When - Fairfield Osborn Preserve (occasionally Galbreath Wildlands Preserve), 1-3 days 6 hours each. Usually during summer. See Calendar. Search on "Technology".
  • How to Sign Up - See contact. No fees.
  • Additional Information - pending 
  • Contact - Chris Halle, halle@sonoma.edu