Updates from the Pepperwood community

  • Integrating Inclusivity and Diversity in our Community

    Margaret Boeger, Pepperwood’s Education Director, currently serves as the Chair of the Sonoma Environmental Education Collaborative (SEEC). Collectively SEEC reaches over 25,000 students and community members annually through school programs, community classes and hikes, youth development programs, camps, and virtual programming.

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  • Collaborating on California’s “30 x 30”

    What exactly is “30 x 30”? It is a call to action to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030. In response to the climate and extinction crisis, “30 x 30” thus embodies a simplistic goal aiming to be measurable, ambitious, realistic and time bound. It’s a vision recently adopted by the United Nations, and 90 countries including the United States. Champions of this campaign hope it promises perhaps one of the biggest global investments in nature’s resilience to date.

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  • Creating a Truly Inclusive Conservation Science Community

    By Tosha Comendant, Conservation Science Manager As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s celebrate the foundational and innovative role women play in sustaining the planet that sustains us. As a fiercely egalitarian thinker, I initially bristled at the concept of “one day” (International Women’s Day is March 8) or “one month” (March) to celebrate women. […]

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  • Developing Geologic Thought

    By Mary Stroh-Twichell, Geologist & Madrone Circle Donor. The natural world is the Earth itself and it’s history. Earth has a long history, in the vicinity of five thousand million years, aka five billion. Land masses, oceans, and atmospheres have changed multiple times, so thinking about and imagining processes that have sculpted the Earth over time is a daunting but necessary task to understanding life on Earth…

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  • In Search of Monarch Butterflies

    As a second year PhD student at UC Davis in the Population Biology program, my research interest is understanding how interactions between monarchs and milkweed might be contributing to the population fluctuations noticed in the past decade…

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  • 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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  • 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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