Pepperwood's mission is to inspire conservation
through science.

Pepperwood's 3,200 acre preserve serves as a refuge for over 900 species of plants and animals. We are leaders in ecosystem-climate research, producing critical science to help guide our region's natural resource management and conservation planning. Pepperwood also offers environmental education opportunities for all ages to cultivate an ethic of conservation in our North Bay region.

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Our Preserve sits within the traditional homeland of the Wappo people. We respect and honor past, present, and future generations of Wappo and their continued connection to this land. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather in this beautiful place and we give our respect to its first inhabitants.


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Pepperwood Field Notes

  • The Grandmother Oak

    Wendy Herniman is a longtime Steward & Friend of Pepperwood. When the spring coronavirus lockdown occurred, she took to the hills of Pepperwood to work on her phenology project and to learn some of the secrets of Pepperwood’s majestic oak trees. Read her story to learn what she discovered!

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  • Riding this wave together

    In the face of uncertainty, Pepperwood is doubling down on evaluating how our environment is changing, and how our society is changing, to define how we can best move swiftly to adapt our communities to this new normal.

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  • Making space for Indigenous knowledge systems at Pepperwood

    Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge into the world of Western science can present challenges to both Indigenous and Western scientists. Many of these challenges stem from a lack of understanding, miscommunication, and resistance to accept alternative forms of research and data collection. The Native Advisory Council at Pepperwood is instrumental in helping to bridge the gap between Indigenous and Western Science.

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