Sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana) occurs in isolated locations at the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry is a public-private endeavor that provides research and training to advance careers, technology and innovation at SSU’s three preserves totaling 4,200 acres (Galbreath Wildlands Preserve in Mendocino County, Fairfield Osborn Preserve in Penngrove, and Los Guillicos Preserve the Valley of the Moon).

The Center is part of SSU’s effort to make environmental understanding integral to a university education, regardless of major. It provides lands, facilities, databases, and programs that inspire participation, collaboration, and innovation in education and research. Preserve lands and facilities are available for use by all persons engaged in investigation and learning in the arts and sciences.

The Center's preserves are owned and managed by Sonoma State University and administered by the School of Science and Technology as a campus-wide resource. Our staff includes a Director, Reservation Manager and Education Coordinator, and SSU students employed through the SSU Instructionally Related Activities (IRA). Over 30 dedicated volunteers serve as docents in our education programs and on land management crews.

Preserve lands were generously donated to SSU by private donors. Programs and operations are primarily supported by donations and endowments. Many community members choose to support the Center through generous and continued donations during our annual fund drive. These donations help us maintain annual projects and are imperative to the daily operation of our programs. The generosity of the Friends of the Center makes it possible to continue our mission and achieve our goals. For more information about donation opportunities, see Donate to the Center.

Center preserves are CSU Field Stations and Marine Laboratories and members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.