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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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Our past Under the Redwoods webinars:

Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller

Trails Rx and Healthful Recreation: Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller

June 26, 2024

Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Sempervirens Fund’s Wellness Advisor, joins us to introduce you to our new Trails Prescription program, which highlights trails at Santa Cruz and San Mateo County State Parks and how you can get the most out of them for your health and wellness. Visit https://sempervirens.org/trails-rx to check out the Trails Rx program.…

Watch Trails Rx and Healthful Recreation: Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller
Dr. Daniel Lewis smiles down at the camera angled up to see the redwood canopy above him, by Daniel Lewis

Redwoods and the Deep Roots of our Future: Dr. Daniel Lewis

May 29, 2024

Join Dr. Daniel Lewis, author, historian, and curator at one of the world’s most renowned research libraries, to discuss how redwoods have survived for eons, and whether they can adapt in the face of climate change as discussed in his new book Twelve Trees: The Deep Roots of Our Future. Thank you to SheppardMullin for…

Watch Redwoods and the Deep Roots of our Future: Dr. Daniel Lewis
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.

Watch Why Advocacy Matters for Redwoods: Rachel Dann
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…

Watch Tiny Critters in Giant Trees: Dr. Rikke Reese Næsborg
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…

Watch Fungi and Forests: Maya Elson

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

Watch Why Watersheds Matter: Kellyx Nelson
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

Watch Prescribing Nature: Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller
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

Watch Water Always Wins: Erica Gies
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

Watch Black Nature Writing: Erin Sharkey
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

Watch Accessibility in Nature: Syren Nagakyrie, Disabled Hikers

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