Discovering Reptiles & Amphibians

Saturday, May 7, 2022
9:00am – 1:00pm 

$35 per person, ($30 for Friends of Pepperwood)
Ages 10 and up welcome 
Meet at the Bechtel House

During this family-friendly outing you’ll discover the captivating creatures that dwell under Sonoma County’s rocks and logs, and in our ponds and streams. Led by wildlife biologist Jeff Alvarez, you’ll explore the beautiful springtime trails of Pepperwood as we observe a multitude of reptiles and amphibians in their various life stages. Jeff will show you how to make and use a lizard lasso (it’s harmless—don’t worry!), how to find salamanders in the water, and the best places to find snakes, turtles, frogs and others. Bring your lunch to enjoy a picnic in the field. 

This event includes a moderate level hike at an easy pace, of 2-3 miles over varied terrain. It will go on in light rain, though heavy storms will cancel. All events will align with the current regional health guidelines. Please bring a mask and be prepared to wear it when indoors (in the bathrooms), and when 6 feet of courtesy distance cannot be maintained from others. In case of cancellation due to weather or health safety measures, refunds will be offered. 

Jeff Alvarez is a herpetologist who has specialized in the study of California reptiles and amphibians for more than 30 years, and is excited to share his knowledge. Jeff is the founder of The Wildlife Project, through which he focuses on survey techniques development; the study, conservation, and natural history of herpetofauna; and conducting peer-level special-status species workshops. He has worked with California Red-legged Frogs, California Tiger Salamanders, Western Pond Turtles, and Alameda Whipsnakes for much of his career.

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Register for this class using the secure form below.

To register, select the applicable level below, either General or Friends of Pepperwood and click +Add. On mobile devices, please scroll all the way to the right to find the +Add button. In the pop up window, enter your information and scroll to the bottom to click “Continue”. Next, on the main form, you may add your additional donation amount in the open field, then click the green “Continue” button to move to the final page for payment. Click the green “Process” button on this final page to complete your transaction. 

Early bird registration for Friends of Pepperwood begins at 9am on Monday, December 6, 2021. Enter the code you received as a current Friend of Pepperwood to access early registration and to receive your discount. If you’re not sure about your Friends of Pepperwood status or don’t know the code, contact Sloane Shinn, Community Engagement, at or (707) 591-9310 x 133. Click here to become a Friend of Pepperwood today!

Registration for the general public begins at 9am on Monday, December 13, 2021.

For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Coordinator, at or (707) 591-9310 x 124.