Projects

  • Herpetofauna & Invertebrate Coverboards

    Tracking nature’s health indicators over time In association with a post-fire forest restoration project funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pepperwood has installed over 90 coverboards distributed throughout the reserve. Coverboards are square pieces of plywood that rest on the forest floor, installed flush with the soil,

  • Stewards Program

    Pepperwood Stewards are super volunteers who have completed a rigorous training program and donate time across our research, preserve management, education, and community programs. All of our Stewards must complete either our Climate Steward or California Naturalist courses for certification. Stewards support hikes, proctor classes, play key roles in research

  • Summer Institute for Teens – TeenNat

    Summer Institute for Teens Teens get up close and personal with butterflies, lizards, plants, lichens and the abundance of other plant and animal life during TeenNat, a 5-week long summer internship with continuing mentorship and networking opportunities. Interns participate in real research at Pepperwood and learn about career pathways in the

  • iNaturalist.org

    This cloud-based biodiversity database tracks the distribution of plant and animal species around the globe through user-submitted photo observations and GPS coordinates. Pepperwood holds iNaturalist trainings and has a dedicated Pepperwood Vital Signs project that gives researchers, interns, and inspired visitors an opportunity to share their natural history observations with

  • Barnhart Herbarium

    Volunteers play a major role in growing Pepperwood’s Stephen J. Barnhart Herbarium, which provides documentation of the vascular plants found across the preserve. In addition, the collection of non-vascular plant species such as mosses and liverworts as well as lichens and fungi began in 2013. These collections provide an important

  • Conservation Science Internship (SRJC)

    Pepperwood partners with the Santa Rosa Junior College to offer the annual Conservation Science Internship for students in the MESA program. The Internship entails data analysis for our WPI Project and the student’s deliverables help us to make informed decisions for wildlife and land management done here at the preserve.

  • Breeding Bird Survey

    Initiated in 2007, the annual Pepperwood Breeding Bird Survey is conducted three times during the April to June breeding season. Two of the four monitoring transects have significant grassland habitat. Volunteers play an integral role in this study of local bird species, generating data essential to our understanding of how

  • California Phenology Project

      In 2013, Pepperwood became one of the first nine sentinel sites in the state to join the California Phenology Project, a member of the National Phenology Network. Our project joins existing National Park Service sites and UC Reserves in a growing effort to document how the life cycles of plants

  • Grassland Monitoring

    This is a test except for grassland monitoring.

  • Wildlife Picture Index

    In 2012, Pepperwood established North America’s first Wildlife Picture Index (WPI) grid of motion-activated cameras. Citizen scientists help maintain 20+ cameras located around the preserve, and also play a major role in cataloging photos into a database that helps us understand our local animal populations and how they are shifting