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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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Sneak Peak at the 2024 Series

We will return in January 2024 on the last Tuesday of each month from 1 - 2 PM PT. Topics will include:

  • Demystifying Lichen
  • Foraging and Edible Native Plants
  • Advocating for Forests and Climate
  • Native Grasslands: A Quickly Disappearing Bread Basket
  • Bats and Redwoods
  • Hiking for Health
  • Insects in the Forest
  • Recording Redwoods: Sounds of the Forest
  • Monitoring Marbled Murrelets
  • eDNA Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout Research in Mill Creek
  • Fungi and Forests
  • Light at Night: Nocturnal and Bioluminescent Life in the Redwoods

Register for the series here.

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2023 Episode Sponsors

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Our past Under the Redwoods webinars:

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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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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