Trips & Tours

Class Field TripsPublic OutingsWork PartiesRegistration for Galbreath Preserve Tours and Classes

SSU class sitting on debris pile at the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve


Class Field Trips

Come teach your class at the Center's preserves. Whether instructors are seeking to teach history, environment, culture, economy, literature or art, each of our sites provides unique opportunities. We encourage field trips by instructors from all disciplines, affiliations and backgrounds.

If you have your own curriculum in hand, and just need to get a few questions answered about logistics, contact us.


Who Can Participate - Instructors from all disciplines, grade levels, and organizations

How to Sign Up - Please go to Visit a Preserve. These pages will give you all the information you need to help you and your students get out of the classroom and into the field. The application will allow you to request visitation dates and facility use at all our preserves.

Schedule - Center preserves are open year-round.

Additional Information - If you would like a guided tour by one of our staff or docents, please join us on a Public Tour or contact us.

Contact - Education and Reservation Manager, Suzanne DeCoursey



Public Outings

Come explore the preserves with us and learn new skills while you discover new ways of seeing the natural world. The Center Calendar lists available tours, courses, surveys, and other opportunities.

Galbreath Preserve tours and classes are advertised regularly and include a variety of topics include aquatic ecology, birds, and wildflowers. They include guided walks format but also citizen science projects where you can learn new skills as discover the natural world. See Galbreath Public Outings for a current description.

 


More Information About Courses - Calendar and Program Pages

Who Can Participate - Everyone. Minors must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

Osborn Tours - The Osborn Preserve is known for its erosive geology, habitat diversity, and aquatic insect communities in Copeland Creek. On your tour, your guide will lead you into the heart of the Preserve, sharing stories about the area's geology, ecology, human history, and on-going research and management.

Public tours are seasonally available on Saturdays. For tour dates, see Center Calendar. No registration is required. Tours last approximately 4 hours. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring food, water, and sunscreen or rain gear (depending on the weather). There is no cost, but donations are recommended and appreciated. Written Directions to Osborn. If you are interested in learning how to lead public tours, we encourage you to take our Docent Naturalist Training. For more information contact Suzanne DeCoursey.

Galbreath Tours - A variety of tours, workshops, classes and events are available, usually on weekends. Registration is required. Please see our list of offering at ***. Written Directions to Galbreath. For more information contact Margot Rawlins.

How to Sign Up -

Osborn Preserve Tours - No registration is required. Simply arrive at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve at 10:00 am on a day when the tour is advertized.

Galbreath Preserve Outtings - Register here.


family enjoying a day removing invasive plants


Work Parties

Preserve staff regularly schedule work parties as part of land management activities on the Preserve. Often our activities target control of invasive species, but can also include trail work or working together to organize educational events.

If you join a field work parties, Preserve Stewards will teach you about the dynamic relationships between native and invading species.

Learn about our local species, get a great workout, and do something positive to keep local lands healthy.


Who Can Participate - Everyone. Minors must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

How to Sign Up - To participate in a work party, you do not need to pre-register. Simply arrive at the described meeting place and time.

Schedule - Work Party dates are listed in our Calendar (click on the Calendar tab below the banner photo on our home page). Calendar of Events.

Additional Information - Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring food, water, and sunscreen or rain gear (depending on the weather).

Contact - Education and Reservation Manager, Suzanne DeCoursey



Galbreath Preserve Tours and Classes

Registration is required for all Galbreath Preserve outings. To register, go to Galbreath Outings Registration Form. Questions? Contact Margot Rawlins, Galbreath Program Coordinator, at rawlinsm@sonoma.edu, 707-894-2076.

A Walk in the Wildflowers with the Anderson Valley Land Trust

May 6, 2017 9:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a wildflower tour at the Galbreath Preserve to view the beautiful array and diversity of wildflowers. If we are lucky, perhaps we will even see the rare Franciscan onion (Allium peninsulare var. franciscanum) in bloom! Walks will be led by Jade Paget-Seekins (local botanist), Linda MacElwee (native plant specialist with the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District) and Clare Wheeler Sias (a premier botanists and co-author of the Flora of Mendocino). Space is limited.

Create-a-Campsite Day

May 7, 2017 9:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Bring a shovel and high energy to help us create a new campsite at the site of the future field station. See how the 100 percent sustainable field station has been designed and create a welcoming venue for our ten AmeriCorps young people who will be working at the preserve this summer. Brawn helpful, but not required.We will carpool onto the Preserve from the main entrance at 9:00 a.m sharp.

Sudden Oak Death Blitz

June 3, 2017 tbd
Working in citizen science teams, we will check on sudden oak death prevalence in parts of the preserve and enter data into SODAP Mobile for aggregation with stats from other sites all over California. The blitz leader will provide all of the information you will need.

Galbreath Wildlands Insights Tour

June 18, 2017 10:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Even if you have been on the preserve, this tour will provide new insights and information on the diverse ecology of the region, helping you understand how this 3640-acre preserve is so representational of the North Coast area of California and why it has become a launching pad for a new movement in creating an Environmentally Ready Society. Tour limited to 20 people.

Birding-by-Ear Course (course fee $35)

July 5, 12, 16, and 19, 2017 This course is for people interested in learning how to conduct bird surveys of Galbreath Wildlands Preserve. The course consists of three classroom bird song training sessions at the Yorkville Community Center (July 5, 12 and 19) and one field trip at the preserve (July 16) to practice survey methods. The course is taught by Bob Keiffer, an independent wildlife biologist responsible for bird observation records for the Peregrine Audubon Society. The fee is $35 and the class limited to 20 participants.

Bird Surveys

Late Summer 2017 (dates pending) 6:30 – 10:30 a.m
To understand the impacts of climate and other environmental changes, Sonoma State University is developing a baseline record of bird species and their seasonal prevalence on the preserve. Using recognized protocol of the Audubon’s Christmas Bird Counts, volunteers will work in groups at observation stations to identify and count birds seen and heard. The Birding-by-Ear course is not a prerequisite, but will be helpful.