IN APPRECIATION OF OUR DONORS
Natural lands gifted by donors are the foundation of SSU Field Stations & Nature Preserves programs. These lands, natural processes, and complex history are the mystery from which all inspiration, study and learning arise. We are indebted to the foresight and commitment of our donors in establishing these inspirational locations for investigation and learning about the natural world.
In memory of Fred B. Galbreath, his daughters' families, Bob & Sue Johnson and Cleve & Nancy Johnson, donated 3,670 acres of the Galbreath Ranch to be used in perpetuity as a teaching and research preserve in southern Mendocino County. Fred Galbreath's love of the land and his dedication to maintaining the natural world as a priority in higher education will always be remembered by visitors to the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve.
Joan and William Roth gifted 411 acres of the Sonoma Mountain ridgeline to Sonoma State University in memory of Joan's father, Fairfield Osborn, Jr. Fairfield Osborn's legacy is a commitment to careful stewardship of natural resources and the Fairfield Osborn Preserve is a lasting contribution to finding innovative solutions to these challenges.
Educational, research, and management activities are needed to transform natural lands into vibrant "outdoor laboratories" and "classrooms without walls." The following Preserve donors have made significant program activities by establishing endowments, making recurring commitments, and providing funding for enduring projects.
Bob and Sue Johnson
Bob and Sue Johnson's $1 million endowment supports staffing and operations of the SSU Field Stations & Nature Preserves. Their additional $700K donation will generate a Master Plan and initial buildings of the field station complex at the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve. Their donation of 3 four-wheel drive vehicles allows students and researchers to access the Preserve's rugged roads.
Joan and William Roth
Over the years, Joan and William Roth continue to be key funders of educational programs at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. Their support has allowed us to continue training SSU students to give tours to elementary school classes on the Preserve. Some of these students are from poor communities which would not have been able to the visit the Preserve without the Roth's generous support.
The 2002 remodel of the Marjory Osborn Education and Research Center allowed the Preserve to create meeting and training rooms and establish an on-site residence for Preserve staff. Completion of the remodel would not have been possible without a $20K donation from Jean Schulz.
Friends of the SSU Preserves
Many community members choose to support the SSU Preserves 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 the our programs. The generosity of the Friends of the SSU Preserves makes it possible to continue our mission and achieve our goals.