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

  • Inspiring an ethic of stewardship through TeenNat

    Being a youth mentor is some of the most important work Nicole Barden does as an environmental educator at Pepperwood. Pepperwood’s educators are mentors to the young scientists who participate in TeenNat – Pepperwood’s field science summer program. Once a person is a TeenNat alumni, doors to other opportunities and events open and connections are made between participants from other years.

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  • Pepperwood: Island of Water

    Pepperwood is like an “island of water” because our upland hills store water deep in the soil and fractured bedrock. We are located at the headwater of 5 watersheds, so the actions we take to conserve and restore ecosystem health have major implications for the Russian River and surrounding communities.

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  • Reflecting on the Importance of Our Community

    2020 has been an opportunity to expand our own limited perspectives, create new ways of connecting, and better understand how to care for all generations. Sloane’s letter to our community during this season of giving is not only heartfelt but heartwarming.

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