Updates from the Pepperwood community

  • 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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  • The Grandmother Oak

    Wendy Herniman is a longtime Steward & Friend of Pepperwood. When the spring coronavirus lockdown occurred, she took to the hills of Pepperwood to work on her phenology project and to learn some of the secrets of Pepperwood’s majestic oak trees. Read her story to learn what she discovered!

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  • Riding this wave together

    In the face of uncertainty, Pepperwood is doubling down on evaluating how our environment is changing, and how our society is changing, to define how we can best move swiftly to adapt our communities to this new normal.

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  • Making space for Indigenous knowledge systems at Pepperwood

    Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge into the world of Western science can present challenges to both Indigenous and Western scientists. Many of these challenges stem from a lack of understanding, miscommunication, and resistance to accept alternative forms of research and data collection. The Native Advisory Council at Pepperwood is instrumental in helping to bridge the gap between Indigenous and Western Science.

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  • Map OneSonoma: sustainable, resilient, inclusive Sonoma County

    We have a strong community of talented individuals and teams, champions striving for a more equitable and resilient future for our kids and our grandkids. Because resilience requires expertise from organizations with varying specializations to work collectively for solutions that unite and strengthen our community.

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  • Fire Ecology for Non-Scientists: The Fire Triangle & Fire Behavior

    What does it mean when fire science experts say “high intensity fire” or refer to “fire behavior”? Learn about the basic mechanics of wildfire, as well as associated terminology in the first post of our series Fire Ecology for Non-scientists.

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