Students can ‘Dig into Nature’ with events on SSU’s preserves

March 15, 2019
Osborn preserve Sonoma State

The Center for Environmental Inquiry is hosting weekly events on Sonoma State University’s 4,200 acres of wildland preserves for students to meet local experts, learn new skills in the arts and sciences and contribute to local sustainability.  

Whether it's hiking through Sonoma State’s Osborn Preserve alongside on-site biologists or examining the preserve’s unusual wildflowers to learn what role can be played in grasslands restoration, “Dig into Nature” has an experience for every student.

"Sonoma State University's Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay,” said Megan McGuire at the Center for Environmental Inquiry. “Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth."

The first “Dig into Nature” event is a natural history hike on March 16 at 10 a.m. at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve located in the hills directly east of Sonoma State off Lichau Road. The event is free of charge. Students can visit the natural history hike homepage to learn more, and for additional information on the entire “Dig into Nature” schedule, visit the Center for Environmental Inquiry.

Full Schedule:

Natural History Hikes

Osborn Preserve

March 16 - May 4 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hike with CNPS

Osborn Preserve

Sunday, March 17 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Grow Wildlife Gardens​

Gardens and Rose Room of Anderson Valley Historical Society, Boonville

Saturday, April 6 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Performance in the Preserve

Osborn Preserve

April 17April 18, April 19April 20 and April 22 | 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Sudden Oak Death Blitz

Galbreath Wildlands Preserve 

Saturday, April 27 | 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sudden Oak Death Blitz

Osborn Preserve 

Sunday, April 28 | 9 a.m - noon

Wild Flowers & Wild Grasses

Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Sunday, April 28 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Caminando entre Flores

Osborn Preserve

Domingo, 5 de Mayo | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Poetry: Changing Landscapes​

Osborn Preserve 

Friday, May 10 | 6 - 9 p.m.


Osborn Preserve and SSU Campus 

Sunday, June 2 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Nature, Mind & Body

Galbreath Wildlife Preserve 

Sunday, June 9 | 9 a.m. - noon