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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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Sponsored by Scharf Investments

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Join us the last Tuesday of each month from 1 - 2 PM PT. Topics will include:

  • Hiking for Health
  • Forestry and Fire
  • Exploring Redwoods Through Art and Science
  • Amphibians and Reptiles of the Redwoods

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Our past Under the Redwoods webinars:

Portrait image of Sempervirens Fund's Director of Government Relations Rachel Dann standing in front of a coast redwood tree.

Why Advocacy Matters for Redwoods: Rachel Dann

May 1, 2024

Go behind the scenes with Rachel Dann, Sempervirens Fund’s Government Relations Director, to discuss how you can take action for redwoods and the Earth through advocacy to magnify our impact together to protect redwoods and fight climate change.

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Dr. Næsborg smiles, wearing a helmet and harness, as she looks at a redwood branch in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, by Wendy Baxter, Ancient Forest Society

Tiny Critters in Giant Trees: Dr. Rikke Reese Næsborg

March 27, 2024

Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) supports rich communities of epiphytes growing high in their crowns, including a diversity of lichens, bryophytes, and vascular plants. Join lichenologist Dr. Rikke Reese Næsborg for an exploration of the results from two separate studies of epiphyte communities in the northern and southern part of the coast redwood range. We address…

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Maya crouches to examine orange fungi on a fallen log in front of long green grasses on a sunny day

Fungi and Forests: Maya Elson

February 28, 2024

Mushrooms abound in the redwood forest during the wet, winter months but they are a small part of the much larger fungal network hard at work in the ecosystem year-round. Join mycologist and researcher, Maya Elson, to learn about the types of fungi and their crucial roles in the redwoods, and their exciting potential for…

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Why Watersheds Matter: Kellyx Nelson

January 31, 2024

Kellyx Nelson, Executive Director of the San Mateo Resource Conservation District, joins us to discuss watersheds in the Santa Cruz mountains, how we can restore them, and how healthy watersheds benefit us all—from forests and fish to food and our communities. January 2024

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Screenshot from a webinar includes a list of TikTok trends related to ways to benefit from nature; a photo of a person in a yellow jacket and blue hat looking out over a vista; and a still image of the guest, Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller.

Prescribing Nature: Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller

November 1, 2023

Integrative medicine expert Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller returns to discuss some of the latest fitness trends and how to maximize your health benefits however you choose to enjoy your time outdoors. October 2023

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Author and journalist Erica Gies

Water Always Wins: Erica Gies

August 29, 2023

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. August 2023

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Organizer, writer, and film producer Erin Sharkey

Black Nature Writing: Erin Sharkey

July 25, 2023

Organizer, writer, and film producer Erin Sharkey joins us for a conversation about Black nature writing, centering on her new anthology, A Darker Wilderness. Together we explore the power of nature in unearthing Black history and memory. This episode is also sponsored by the Wilson Sonsini Foundation. July 2023

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Syren and another member of the Disable Hikers community utilize canes on their hike along a trail that winds into the lush green redwood forest on a sunny day, by Orenda Randuch

Accessibility in Nature: Syren Nagakyrie, Disabled Hikers

July 12, 2023

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. This webinar also included ASL interpretation. June 2023

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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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