students and community partners grassland landscape woodland with sunlight

Currently at SSU Fieldstations & Preserves


SSU Preserves Collaborates on Soundscape Project

SSU students recorded and archived soundscapes of the SSU Preserves that will serve as the soundtrack for interpretive dance performances. This cross-disciplinary project engages ENSP, engineering science, and dance students to increase awareness of changing natural soundscapes. Performances are scheduled for November and December 2013. For more information: Soundscape Project page.




Erosion Control Project Begins at Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Road work began in July at the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve. The Preserves are collaborating with the Mendocino Resource Conservation District to reduce erosion and restore riparian vegetation to improve salmon and steelhead habitat. Over the next two years, $700,000 in EPA 319(h) funding will be spent redesigning road surfaces and replacing bridges.




Photo credit: Website images are available at the Preserve Gallery or Sonoma Preserves Photo Group unless otherwise indicated.

August 2013

Docent Naturalist Training Program

Aug 15-Sept 3 - Required informational Meetings for the Osborn Naturalist Training are held Aug 15 (Thurs), Aug 26 (Mon), Aug 27 (Tues), Aug 28 (Wed), Aug 29 (Fri) and Sept 3 (Tues). All meetings are 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Room 101, Darwin Hall, SSU Campus. The training is open to students and community members. Contact Us for more information about how to participate.


September 2013

Docent Naturalist Training Program

Sept 6 (Fri) -Registration Deadline

Sept 8-Oct 6 (Sundays) - Training Days for registered participants occur on five consecutive Sundays (Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6) from 9 am to 5 pm at the Osborn Preserve.

Osborn Elementary School Tour Program

Sept 13 (Fri) -Applications Due - Elementary schools interested in tours of the Osborn Preserve must register by this date.

Sept 25 (Wed) - Notification of lottery results for elementary school applicants to the program.


October 2013

Osborn Elementary School Tour Program

Oct 17 – Nov 22 Elementary School Tours (for lottery winners only) occur Thursdays & Fridays from 9:45 am - 2:00 pm.

Public Hikes at Osborn Preserve

Oct 19 – Nov 30 (Saturdays only). The public is welcomed to join Saturday tours without a reservation starting Oct 19. Meet at 10:00 am on Saturdays at the Osborn Preserve parking lot.


November 2013

Osborn Elementary School Tour Program

Oct 17 – Nov 22 (Thursdays & Fridays only) 9:45 am - 2:00 pm - Elementary School Tours (lottery winners only) continue through Nov 22.

Public Hikes at Osborn Preserve

Oct 19 – Nov 30 (Saturdays only). The public is welcomed to join Saturday tours without a reservation through Nov 30. Meet at 10:00 am on Saturdays at the Osborn Preserve parking lot.

Welcome to SSU's outdoor classrooms. We welcome visitors of all ages and affiliations engaged in research and education. Explore our Preserves, Programs and Projects at each of the links below. If you like what you see and would like to get involved, please consider a donation to the SSU Preserves. Over 50% of our annual budget is supported by donors.


Preserves

Los Guilicos, Osborn and Galbreath Preserves are in the Mayacama, Sonoma, and Inner Coast ranges of California's North Coast and range in size from 40 to 3,600 acres. Each Preserve is a unique blend of environment, culture and economy that create opportunities for teaching, research, and community engagement in the liberal arts and sciences. Reservations are required - see Visit a Preserve for details.




 Programs

Preserve-sponsored programs engage learners of all ages and focus on environmental education, watersheds, and grasslands. We prioritize hands-on learning.




Projects

At each of our Preserves, we collaborate on projects with organizations, students, faculty and community members to address regional environmental challenges. Independent research by persons of any affiliation is encouraged. Resulting data (see Info Hub) are shared with agencies and other stakeholders. To learn more about on-going projects, visit Preserve Project pages: (Osborn Projects, Galbreath Projects).