Preserve News


Tours of the Fairfield Osborn Preserve October 21 at SSU Sustainability Day and Expo

October 2014

SSU Preserves is offering tours of the Osborn Preserve on October 21 as part of SSU's Sustainability Expo. The 1.5-hour tours leave at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm from the Expo entrance at the Green Music Center. Sign up on October 21 at the Expo entrance table!

Sparking a Legacy of Environmental Education and Research

October 2014

The Fairfield Osborn Preserve is the cover story for SSU 2014 Insights magazine. Beautifully presented, the story highlights the Roths 40-acre donation and celebrates the diversity of education and research activities at the Preserve. More at SSU Insights: A Land for Learning Stays Forever Wild


A Land for Learning

August 2014

The Press Democrat celebrates the Osborn Preserve's legacy of learning, highlighting the on-going research, cross-disciplinary education, the WATERS Collaborative, and the Roth family's lasting vision. Special attention is paid to ways that community members can participate. More at Press Democrat: A Land for Learning



The Roth Family Donation Sparks a Legacy of Environmental Education and Research

June 2014

Less than a year before his death this May, William Matson Roth was thinking of Sonoma State University (SSU) and the nature preserve that he and his family's philanthropy had created in the hills above the campus. In their most recent "gift of generosity," William and Joan Roth, and their children Jessica, Maggie, and Ana, donated a 40-acre parcel at the top of Sonoma Mountain to cement the future of the 450-acre Fairfield Osborn Preserve they had helped create.....>more at SSU News Center: Roth Family Donation

Student Research at the 2014 SSU Science Symposium, April 30, 2014

April 2014

Students conducting research at Preserves this year are presenting their work as part of the 2014 SSU Science Symposium in the SSU Student Center Ballroom (4-7 pm). Topics from projects at the Preserves include tree ring analysis, automated weather stations, trail erosion monitoring, geodatabase development, bay laurel insect herbivory, herpetofauna abundance, and much more. Projects support included funding from the Sonoma County Water Agency’s WATERS Collaborative, Steve Norwick Memorial Fund, Daphne Smith, and other donors). For more information: SSU Science Symposium



Osborn Preserve's Environmental Sensor Network Opens Up New Worlds

April 2014

When Albert Martos Maldonado described the sensors currently operating at Sonoma State University's Fairfield Osborn Preserve--measuring the energy use, climate, even cell phone locations--the students in the SSU Preserve Naturalist Training Program were amazed...>more at SSU News Center: An Environmental Sensor Network Opens Up New Worlds of Data at Fairfield Osborn Preserve. .


Students Encouraged to Sign up for Preserve Internships as Part of SSU's Do One Thing Today Campaign

April 2014

Sonoma State University’s push to create a cleaner and greener campus community has a new face. The “Do One Thing Today” (DOTT) campaign is the newest endeavor to inform our community about the significant and various sustainability efforts happening across campus....>more at Sonoma State Star: Students Encouraged to "Do One Thing Today".


New On-Line Reservation Form Launched

March 2014

We are always looking for ways to make visits to the Preserves easier. The new on-line application streamlines the process, allowing you to submit your reservations with the click of a button. Thanks to Barbara Moore and students at SSU IT for making this project possible. See the new form at Visit a Preserve.

WATERS Collaborative Awarded 3 Years of Funding by the Sonoma County Water Agency

January 2014

SSU Preserves serves as the Coordinator for the successful WATERS Collaborative. Local news covers renewed funding for SSU faculty and students to engage in regional watershed management projects, many in the Copeland Creek watershed:


SSU Preserves in the News with the Soundscape Project

November 2013

The SSU Preserves' collaboration with Engineering Science, Theatre Arts and Dance, and Wild Sanctuary (Dr. Bernie Krause) are covered in local news:


Steve Norwick Memorial Fund Supports Student Research

October 2014

For 4 decades, Steve Norwick taught in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning and encouraged field experiences at the SSU Preserves. The Norwick Memorial Fund, established by family and friends in Steve's memory, continues his legacy by creating hands-on research opportunities (5 awards of $1,000 each) for undergraduates at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. Applications (due Oct 7) will be awarded this Fall.

SSU Preserves Collaborates on Soundscape Project

June 2013

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. Join us at the Green Music Center on December 6 (12-1pm) for a free matinee performance. Tickets are free but required. Contact the SSU Theatre Arts Box Office at 707-664-4246. The project is funded by the GMC/Academic Integration Program and Sonoma County Community Foundation. For more information: Soundscape Project page.


Erosion Control Project Begins at Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

July 2013

Road work began in July at the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve. The Preserves are collaborating with the Mendocino Resource Conservation District to reduce erosion and undertake riparian restoration 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.


Preserves Director on SSU Spotlight

December 2012

On the SSU Spotlight series, Dr. Claudia Luke talks about her career at field stations in California and the developing WATERS Collaborative, an academic-management collaboration between SSU and the Sonoma County Water Agency.

students working to remove blackberry on Copeland Creek

SSU Preserves at Make a Splash

November 7, 2012

Sonoma State University celebrated a year of water with a special reception entitled "Make a Splash." The reception in SSU's Person Theatre highlighted SSU's campus-wide "Water Works" initiatve, a series of performances, lectures and events surrounding our relationship with this unique substance.

Preserves Director Claudia Luke, provided a special presentation on the importance of water in our lives and ongoing work of the Preserves' WATERS Collaborative. Other speakers included SSU Provost Andrew Rogerson and SSU Art Professor Kurt Kemp.

Following the reception, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presented "The Great Divide," a play about hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

See the Water Works website for more information.

students working to remove blackberry on Copeland Creek

Preserves on Comcast Newsmakers

October 2012

WATERS Coordinator Claudia Luke talks to Comcast Newsmakers about the SSU Preserves, the WATERS Collaborative, and other water events on campus.

students working to remove blackberry on Copeland Creek

Water Works

Fall 2012-Spring 2013 on Campus at Sonoma State University

WATERS Collaborative projects are part of a year-long celebration of water at Sonoma State University, called Water Works. Water Works explores inland water flow as a resource, theme, and metaphor, through a year (2012-2013) of academics, fine arts, and live theatre and dance. A schedule of events is available at the link above.

To get involved or learn more contact Paul Draper or Scott Horstein at the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance.


students working to remove blackberry on Copeland Creek

Not Just Another Desk Job

Sonoma News Center - July 24, 2012

The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps project at SSU was hosted by the SSU Preserves, SSU Facilities and Sonoma County Adult and Youth Development on Copeland Creek. Seven members of the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps worked diligently over the summer to clear the Himalayan blackberry that is choking out native species along Copeland Creek on campus and at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. read more...