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The North Coast Range is one of the most remarkable regions of California. Towering redwoods, salmon runs, elk and bear are symbols of its highly productive natural communities and rich biodiversity. Yet, as with other places on our planet, diminishing environmental resources and changes in climate have become the issues of our time. New approaches are needed if we are to achieve sustainable practices in the next century.
SSU Field Stations & Nature Preserves is dedicated to applying the academic strengths of Sonoma State University to environmental challenges. We generate opportunities for transformational research, progressive education, and innovative land management techniques by developing our Preserves as gateways for study of North Coast environments.
The SSU Preserves are classrooms without walls and outdoor laboratories for first-hand learning and investigation. The experiences we provide at our sites for students, researchers and community members create motivation, skills, and knowledge that lead to new discoveries and understanding.
In all that we do, (lands, facilities, databases, and programs) we strive to achieve:
- Excellence: by collaborating with organizations in the region on high-priority issues, applying the best available science-based information (including how people learn), creating motivational experiences, and enhancing critical learning and communication skills.
- Innovation: by creating connections among people across disciplines, across research, education, and management programs, across organizations, and across social and economic cultures.
- Inspiration: by creating connections between people and places of extraordinary natural beauty
We hope you will join us in developing an enduring legacy of innovation in environmental education, research and management. Together we will take the next steps to enhancing understanding and appreciation of North Coast environments.