California Naturalist
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Regional Rendezvous 2017

 Announcing the first California Naturalist Program Regional Rendezvous on October 8 in the North Coast and Bay-Delta Bioregions! We are excited to work with long-time partners at Pepperwood Preserve to offer a one day gathering for California Naturalists and interested friends. Naturalist updates, field walks with experts, keynote speakers, book exchange, lunch, and a final gathering and reception will all be included in this fun day. We'll rendezvous under the oaks to feed our curiosity, inspire each other, and build community! 

Located in eastern Sonoma County, approximately 25 minutes from downtown Santa Rosa and a 90 minute drive north of San Francisco, Pepperwood manages a 3,200-acre nature preserve located in the heart of a globally-recognized biodiversity hotspot. The preserve is an important refuge for over 750 varieties of native plants and 150 species of wildlife including birds, reptiles, and mammals representing California's diverse climates.

Please contact Brook Gamble, phone:  707-744-1424 x108 with questions. 

Due to popular demand, registration is now closed. Please click here to join the waitlist.


What's happening at the Regional Rendezvous?


Schedule (subject to minor changes)



Plenary Speakers

Omar Gallardo Stu Weiss

Looking for our Roots

Omar Gallardo is the Outreach and Diversity Director for LandPaths, a community-based land stewardship organization in Sonoma County. LandPaths creates ways for people to experience the beauty, understand the value, and assist in healing the land in their local communities. Omar oversees the monthly Vamos Afuera family outing series, Inspired Forward teen program and the Bayer Farm community garden as a continuing effort to expand the diversity and relevance of the organization’s programs.

After 39 years of chasing butterflies, what have I caught?

Stu Weiss is Chief Scientist of Creekside Science, which provides scientific and conservation expertise to diverse organizations as they cope with the rapidly changing 21st Century environment. He has researched the Bay checkerspot butterfly and serpentine grasslands since 1979, and has authored numerous scientific papers concerning climate change/microclimate, population dynamics, nitrogen deposition, and conservation ecology. 


Lightning Talks

If your topic is of interest to a wide range of people and you would like your presentation to lead to an extended conversation with others afterward, consider a lightning talk. The lightning talks give a low pressure, quick-and-clean review of important highlights of your naturalist experience. They provide a fun and lively forum for attendees to share and inspire with information about their California Naturalist programs and volunteer efforts. Naturalists will be split into one of two lightning talk sessions (AM/PM) depending on which excursion is chosen (AM/PM).   Please head to the Lightning Talk page to learn more.

Science Communication Workshop: A Relationship-Centered Approach to Conservation

Every day we learn more and more about how the landscapes we love are being altered. Communicating our beliefs and ideas around conservation is essential, yet the complex terrain of human relationships is almost never addressed in conservation work. Learning to transcend anger and engage effectively in emotionally laden topics calls for significant subjective and emotional skills.

Faith Kearns will lead discussion on a framework for growing individual “comfort with discomfort” and enhancing our ability to effectively interact in this rich, relational world through practices like deep listening. We will practice these skills in this interactive workshop.

Faith Kearns is a scientist and communications specialist with the California Institute for Water Resources at the University of California. Trained as a freshwater ecologist, she has had an eclectic career spanning academia, the non-profit world, and government, and topics ranging from wildfire to sharks to streams.

Field Excursions & Art Workshop

Pepperwood (Funke) 2
Do you love butterflies? Are you interested in cultural history? An iNaturalist enthusiast or an artist who wants a new medium? We have something for everyone at the rendezvous! All field excursions will take place at Pepperwood Preserve. Each attendee may choose from one of five field excursions or a cyanotype art workshop. We're also offering an optional early morning bird walk. Space is limited- be sure to register early to get your first choice! Read about your options here.


We have room for 18 individuals to tent camp on site at Pepperwood the night before the Rendezvous (October 7). Please secure your spot through the registration form now. You must bring your own camping gear. There is a bathroom nearby. Every camper must also be registered for the Rendezvous (sorry, no unregistered guests). Alternatively, Sonoma County has many camping options: start by exploring the Regional and State Parks.



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