Currently at SSU Preserves


New On-Line Reservation Form Launched

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

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:

Press Democrat: Water Agency Program Trains Sonoma State...
SSU NewsCenter: Pioneering WATERS Collaborative Support...
Sonoma State Star: WATERS Collaborative receives three-year grant




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

January 2014

Docent Naturalist Training Program

Jan 16-28- Required informational Meetings for the Osborn Naturalist Training are held Jan 16 (Thurs), Jan 21 (Tues), Jan 22 (Wed), Jan 23 (Thurs), and Jan 28 (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.

Land Management Training Program

Jan 16-28- Required informational Meetings for the Land Management Training are held Jan 16 (Thurs), Jan 21 (Tues), Jan 23 (Thurs), and Jan 27 (Mon). All meetings are 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Room 300C, Darwin Hall, SSU Campus. The training is open to students and community members. Contact Us for more information about how to participate.


February 2014

Docent Naturalist Training Program

Jan 28 (Tues) -Registration Deadline

Feb 2-March 2 (Sundays) - Training Days for registered participants occur on five consecutive Sundays (Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2) from 9 am to 5 pm at the Osborn Preserve.

Land Management Training Program

Jan 28 (Tues) -Registration Deadline

Feb 1-March 1 (Saturdays) - Training Days for registered participants occur on five consecutive Saturdays (Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1) from 9 am to 5 pm at the Osborn Preserve, Bodega Marine Reserve (UC-Davis) and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.

Osborn Elementary School Tour Program

Feb 17 (Mon) -Applications Due - Elementary schools interested in tours of the Osborn Preserve must register by this date.

Feb 21 (Fri) - Notification of lottery results for elementary school applicants to the program.


March 2014

Osborn Elementary School Tour Program

March 13 – April 25 Elementary School Tours (for lottery winners only) occur Thursdays & Fridays from 9:45 am - 2:00 pm.

Public Hikes at Osborn Preserve

March 8 – April 26 (Saturdays only). The public is welcomed to join Saturday tours without a reservation starting March 8. Meet at 10:00 am on Saturdays at the Osborn Preserve parking lot.


April 2014

Osborn Elementary School Tour Program

March 13 – April 25 (Thursdays & Fridays only) 9:45 am - 2:00 pm - Elementary School Tours (lottery winners only) continue through April 25.

Public Hikes at Osborn Preserve

March 8 – April 26 (Saturdays only). The public is welcomed to join Saturday tours without a reservation through April 26. 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 Guillicos, 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 land management. 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).


This year, I learned the term “wicked problem.” The phrase defines a problem that is difficult to solve because of incomplete information, nondefinitive solutions, and complex interdependencies. In a Policy Science journal article in 2012, Levin et al. coined the term "superwicked problem” to characterize the challenge of global climate change. How do we prepare students to grapple with such complex issues?

The SSU Preserves are SSU's outdoor classrooms. Preserve programs create the hands-on learning experiences that challenge students to deal with the complexities and inconsistencies that characterize real-world problems. Everything we do at our Preserves - operations, management, data, and programs - is an opportunity to seek student involvement and input in finding new solutions. In the past 3 years, we have collaboratively developed projects with students and faculty in the performing arts, business, history, engineering, computer science, geography and the life sciences. (See InfoHub/Projects).

Each of our three Preserves provide unlimited opportunities for discovery and learning in economy, culture and environment. These sites can be the inspiration for acquiring skills and motivation needed to embrace multi-disciplinary solutions that will characterize the Century of the Environment.

Dr. Claudia Luke
Director, SSU Preserves