• The Wild Wondress

    I believe what’s most important is shifting one’s focus towards the process of discovering, rather than the discovery itself. Each of us are curious observers and knowledge-holders. As an environmental educator I strive to encourage this kind of inquiry, and empower a learner’s inner scientist to come out and play…

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  • Donor Support Enables Expanding of Conservation Science Intern Program

    Donor Support Enables Expanding of Conservation Science Intern Program Due to the generous support of the Purdom Family Fund at the Community Foundation Sonoma County, we will be able to expand our Conservation Science Internships program this year by adding additional opportunities for first generation college and/or underrepresented students. Building from our foundational partnership with the […]

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  • Clint McKay’s Baskets at the DeYoung Museum in SF

    The DeYoung Museum of San Francisco is now featuring basketry by renowned weaver and Sonoma County Native, Clint McKay (Dry Creek Pomo, Wappo and Wintun), Pepperwood’s Indigenous Education Coordinator and the Chair of our Native Advisory Council. The Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo exhibit explores the intercultural exchange between French-born and trained American artist Jules Tavernier […]

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  • Pepperwood Pre-European Contact

    Did you know that the land we call Pepperwood sits within the traditional homeland of the Wappo people? Most likely, the entire North Bay region shared a cultural ecology over multiple thousands of years, which regarded habitat stewardship an ancient and sacred partnership between humans and nature…

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  • Pepperwood’s New GrizzlyCorps Fellow

    If we haven’t already met, my name is Makayla and I am Pepperwood’s new GrizzlyCorps fellow. What is GrizzlyCorps? You may ask… GrizzlyCorps is a new California-based AmeriCorps program that was developed at UC Berkeley…

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  • Press Democrat Interviews Clint McKay

    Pepperwood hikes and classes offer Indigenous perspective by Kathleen Scavone, journalist with the Press Democrat This is an excerpt – find the original article here. On a recent cool and cloudy fall afternoon at Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa, a group of about 20 hikers, a mix of ages, gathered under the umbrella of a […]

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  • Premiere: Rising from the Ashes

    Rising From The Ashes Film Premiere A Special Event in Gratitude for our Community   November 18th, 5:30 – 8pm Join us for the premiere of “Rising from the Ashes” – a documentary film created by Pepperwood volunteer, photographer and filmmaker Ian Nelson. It explores the story of Pepperwood’s response to and recovery from both […]

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  • New York Times Considers Climate Change Impacts on California Tourism

    Can California Tourism Survive Climate Change? by Rachel Levin, journalist with the New York Times This is an excerpt – find the original article here. Hot and unbothered in Wine Country One of the state’s hottest tourism spots, Napa County, drew 3.8 million visitors in 2018 (and some $50 million in occupancy lodging taxes), according […]

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  • Sonoma Index Tribune Explores Pomo Basketry w/ Clint McKay

    Pomo basket weaver unravels tribal history Original article written for the Sonoma Index Tribune; cover photo courtesy of John Pinson This is an excerpt – find the original article here. The art of basket weaving is at the heart of Pomo culture. Utilizing the materials of their Northern California homeland – twined grasses and willows, […]

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  • Recipe for Resilience

    Pepperwood is making huge advances in applied science and land stewardship. The trick is… drum roll please…. uniting science, stewardship and our community. Michael, Michelle and Devyn explain how their work intersects and integrates to create a comprehensive strategy for resilience.

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