Advancing the health of California’s land, water and wildlife.
Located in the heart of Sonoma County— a globally recognized biodiversity hotspot— Pepperwood manages a 3,200-acre biological preserve and the Dwight Center for Conservation Science. An important refuge for more than 900 species of native plants and wildlife, the preserve serves as a living laboratory hosting researchers from around the world. The Dwight Center has become a hub for ecological education and a conservation think tank.
Our mission is to inspire conservation through science. At Pepperwood, we believe that our wellbeing depends on the health of our natural world. Every day our team studies California’s land, water, and wildlife so we can educate decision-makers, our community, and the next generation about how best to care for the earth. With guidance grounded in science, we can all take action to sustain the planet that sustains us.
A future where we understand, value, embrace, and actively protect the diversity of Earth’s natural systems for the benefit of current and future generations
At our organizational core, we value integrity, inclusivity, and innovation. These values are foundational to the work we do and for fulfilling our mission.
A warming trend just shy of 2 degrees Fahrenheit has already led to extreme global events including heat waves, drought, wildfires, flooding, and rising sea levels. Under business-as-usual conditions this warming trend is projected to triple by the end of this century. We need to take action NOW to leverage nature-based solutions that protect our communities while reducing emissions.