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Under the Redwoods

Exploring the beauty, history, science, and benefits of our magnificent redwood forests

In this webinar series, we invite experts and thinkers to join us to explore our magnificent redwood forests, what makes redwoods so special, why they thrive here and nowhere else in the world, and what they mean to us in our lives.

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Syren Nagakyrie, Disabled Hikers

Advocating for Inclusion in the Outdoors | Syren Nagakyrie, Disabled Hikers

Join Disabled Hikers founder and director Syren Nagakyrie for a discussion of how the disability community is building a future outdoor recreational culture centered on representation, access, and justice. We will provide ASL interpretation for this webinar and CART transcriptions for all webinars.

Organizer, writer, and film producer Erin Sharkey

Black Nature Writing | Erin Sharkey

Join organizer, writer, and film producer Erin Sharkey for a conversation about Black nature writing, centering on her new anthology, A Darker Wilderness. Together we will explore the power of nature in unearthing Black history and memory. 

Author and journalist Erica Gies

Water Always Wins | Erica Gies

Join author and journalist Erica Gies for a discussion about the deep dysfunction of our relationship with water. Gies reminds us that figuring out what water wants—and accommodating its desires within our human landscapes—is now a crucial survival strategy. This episode is also sponsored by Heritage Bank of Commerce.

Jane Kim conducting research and fieldwork about Sequoias for Biographic.

Illustrating Science | Jane Kim

Visual artist and science illustrator Jane Kim of Ink Dwell studio returns to discuss how she and her team illustrated Sempervirens Fund’s Redwoods and Climate series.

Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller

Prescribing Nature | Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller

Integrative medicine expert Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller returns to discuss how to make the most of park and nature prescription programs.


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Our past Under the Redwoods webinars:

Santa Cruz Mountain State Parks: Chris Spohrer

May 30, 2023

Join Chris Spohrer, Santa Cruz District Superintendent of California State Parks, for a look at the impact unprecedented winter storms have had on the region’s state parks, and what comes next, including a look at the future of Big Basin. May 2023

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Author and historian Jared Farmer, dressed casually in a dark blue long-sleeved shirt with the sleeves pushed up, a light tan hat, and thin black framed glasses, smiles slightly from in front of a tree with light pink blooms and beyond the late afternoon sun peeks through a silhouetted tree under a soft blue sky

Redwoods as Elderflora: Jared Farmer

April 26, 2023

In April 2023, author and historian Jared Farmer joined us for an introduction to his book Elderflora: A Modern History of Ancient Trees, and a conversation about new ways to think about redwoods—on the individual, population, and species level—and about what our past with redwoods means for their future. This webinar is no longer available…

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Climate Action Plan for Redwoods: Laura McLendon and Tom Robinson

March 28, 2023

Join Sempervirens Fund’s Laura McLendon and conservation planning consultant Tom Robinson for a look at new evidence about the climate crisis, the impact on redwoods, and how the organization is responding. March 2023

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Patricia Ononiwu Kaishian leads a mycology walk

Mycology, Redwoods, and Eugenics with Dr. Patricia Ononiwu Kaishian

February 28, 2023

Join mycologist and Bard College visiting professor Dr. Patricia Ononiwu Kaishian for a conversation about the troubling roots of the redwoods conservation movement and how mycology can inspire us towards reconciliation. February 2023

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Learning from Nature with Felicia Van Stolk

January 31, 2023

Join Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History’s Felicia Van Stolk for a conversation about creating joyful and lasting learning experiences, fostering stewardship, and connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to the region’s rich natural world. January 2023

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2022: A Milestone Year in Conservation with Sempervirens Fund Staff

November 15, 2022

Join Sempervirens Fund Staff to look back at and celebrate a milestone year for conservation, stewardship, and public parks in the Santa Cruz mountains. November 2022

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Under the Redwoods with Alec Apodaca and Alexii Sigona

October 25, 2022

Alec Apodaca and Alexii Sigona join us to learn about the coordinated efforts documenting the deep history of Native American landscape stewardship here in our own backyards. To carry out this multidisciplinary research, the Amah Mutsun Land Trust has partnered with the Department of Anthropology and Department of Environmental Science and Policy Management at UC…

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Matt De Young

Trail-Making in the Santa Cruz Mountains with Matt De Young

September 27, 2022

Join Matt De Young, Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship director, for a look at trail-making and public access. September 2022

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Climate And Redwoods Tree Rings With Increments By Ink Dwell

Illustrating Nature with Jane Kim

August 30, 2022

Visual artist and science illustrator Jane Kim of Ink Dwell studio joins us to discuss how she and her team tackle the transformation of science into art. August 2022  

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Scott Ordway

Art, Land, and Emotion with composer Scott Ordway

July 27, 2022

Join composer and artist Scott Ordway to learn about his new symphonic work, The End of Rain, commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and featuring Roomful of Teeth. The text is based on more than 200 crowdsourced stories of wildfire and drought in California, accompanied by documentary photography by the composer. You can…

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