"Pepperwood's reserve 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."

Authored by Clint McKay (Dry Creek Pomo, Wappo, Wintun)


Pepperwood's 3,200 acre reserve 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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Pepperwood Field Notes

  • 2015 Pepperwood Open House at the Gallery with a Native basketry exhibit designed by Ben Benson, and Ben standing in front of some of the photographs of basketry materials explaining to an audience about the process of basket-making.

    Ben Benson’s Vision for Art as a Bridge to Nature

    For the last two hundred plus years, America’s economy has been founded to a large degree on consumption and exploitation of our natural resources. Now we’re facing some extraordinary environmental challenges – many of which are exacerbated by our own actions. To Ben Benson, yes, solutions involve science. But they will also require cultural evolution: “art is one of the ways we can stimulate awareness, that we can open people’s hearts to the majesty of Nature.”

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  • A community scientist at Pepperwood with Mt. Saint Helena in the background.

    The Ethics of Open-Source Data in Community Science

    Learn about the ethics of community science and open source data collection. It might surprise you to learn that there can be a dark side to all of that great community science data collection – but don’t worry, by following a few simple guidelines in your community science and data gathering practices, you can ensure that you’re science-ing responsibly and ethically.

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  • Cross-continental Conservation Connections

    I recently returned from Chile, which is a country that experiences many of the same challenges that we do here, principally biodiversity loss, drought, and wildfire. I came away from this experience feeling empowered and inspired, and with a clear sense of our path forward in our globally shared dilemma of climate change.

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  • May is for Monitoring Our Grasslands

    With Michelle Halbur, Preserve Ecologist – Every spring at Pepperwood, our research team spends a half-month out in the grasslands conducting grassland monitoring. We’ve been doing this at the same exact time every year for twelve years, and this May marks our thirteenth season. Why do we do this? Because we are monitoring the long-term health of our heroic – YES, heroic – grassland communities.

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