Have you ever thought about keeping track of your own nature observations in an organized way so you could refer back to them?...
Who's living in Lake Merritt? Let's find out by exploring above and below the surface of everyone's favorite estuary. We'll walk along the paved path to see some winter birds that are migrating through the area. And we'll host a pop up aquarium to highlight the underwater creatures that call Lake Merritt home. Both are ADA accessible and appropriate for people with mobility limitations.
Registration open now!! Sign up through the Santa Rosa Junior College here.
Open Your Eyes with Nature Drawing and Journaling
Join Marley Peifer for four consecutive Sundays of nature journaling, beginning October 1, 2017!
In this class we will assemble one of the most powerful toolkits for learning about Nature. Following in the footsteps of Audubon, Humboldt, and Darwin we will reintegrate art and science in a creative synthesis that is fun, functional, and aesthetically engaging.
In each session we will explore the diversity of life forms and relationships that surround us. A diversity of ecosystems will be explored, from the seasonally flooded Laguna de Santa Rosa to the mixed oak woodlands of Annadel State Park; from the lush lakeshore habitats of Spring Lake to the sandy trails of Ragle Ranch.
In each of these locations we will discuss and practice techniques of observation and analysis based in field biology, as well as note-taking and memorization methods based on cognitive science. Artistic materials and strategies will be discussed and practiced in a variety of media.
By the end of the class you will have sharper eyes, better nature awareness, and a beautiful journal documenting your experience. You will also possess the tools and mindset necessary to pursue a life-long learning adventure.
Some drawing experience recommended and ability to be comfortable in the outdoors and do some moderate walking is required.
For more info or to register, visit the Santa Rosa Junior College class page!
The Tule elk will be on their most dramatic behavior this time of year and we will get an opportunity to document it in our journals. We will focus on learning how to draw ungulates, how to draw antlers, and how to creatively depict action sequences in your journal. There will also be plenty of opportunity for painting landscapes.
When it comes to nature in Oakland, some of the first things that come to mind are pigeons, geese, and weeds, weeds, weeds. How did these things get here, and why are they so darned successful? Though these hardy plants and animals can cause quite a bit of frustration, they have fascinating life histories and survival skills that are well worth learning about.
Living on Ohlone Land: Indigenous Women Leaders Discuss Building Reciprocity with Local Indigenous Communities
Panel discussion to create opportunities for all people in Ohlone and neighboring territories to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land. CCNH is a proud sponsor of this event!
Ever wondered what lives in the Bay? Join Bay Nature and the California Center for Natural History to look for life on the docks and rocks of Jack London Square during the California Coastal Snapshot.
Say hello to CCCNH at the 2017 Wingding Family Fest! Join Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS) for a FREE day of adventure, science, birding, hiking, and discovery! Play all day or just stay awhile! Learn about local birds, insects, and bats.
The rocky shoreline of Mendocino county boasts some of the greatest diversity of marine algae in North America. Although millions of years old some of these species have witnessed radical changes.
Join us for a three day camping and wildtending workshop. Registration is required.
The restored salt marsh at Crissy Field is a landscape shaped by forces both natural and human. What many visitors may not know is that the marsh requires active maintenance to stay a marsh! We'll discuss how the interplay of sand, water, wind, and people shapes this landscape, explain why the marsh is not self-maintaining in its current form, and observe some of the plants and animals that reside in the marsh.
CCNH is teaming up with the awesome folks at Stepping Out, Stepping In to celebrate Earth Day, and to help clean-up Oakland’s beach at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. Eat lunch provided by the Port of Oakland, have fun, and meet great people!
For the final evening of the City Nature Challenge, come and help identify all of the observations made in the Bay Area! You can also use this time to upload photos, get help with iNaturalist, or just hang out and meet fellow nature lovers.
In celebration of national Citizen Science Day and in support of the City Nature Challenge, join the California Center for Natural History to document the nature in Oakland! Ever wonder what critters lurk beneath the surface of the waters around Jack London Square in Oakland, CA? Here’s your chance to see them and to learn about the weird creatures that live right under our feet.
Come and explore Oakland's secret beach!
Radio Beach is really a unique spot in our fair city - as Andrew Alden says in his fantastic blog Oakland Geology, “Radio Beach is Oakland’s nearest thing to a natural beach… There is no lonelier or prettier spot on Oakland’s waterfront.”
The town of El Portal sits just outside the western gate of Yosemite along the Merced River inside a deep carved valley. Due to its proximity to one of the most used National Parks in the world there is a lot of pressure to develop the area and surprisingly few studies have been done on what organisms live in the area. Come help in a community generated species survey of approximately 2 miles along the Merced River...
Come help generate a community based species survey (Bioblitz) of the historical and threatened Amador Canal just a few miles outside of Jackson, California. This 130+ year old unlined canal in the heart of the Gold Country runs 8 miles from Lake Tabeaud to Tanner Reservoir and an entire diverse middle Sierra Foothills ecosystem has developed around it which is in jeopardy as water authorities look to close the canal. This is also the watershed that feeds into EBMUD, so if you're from the East Bay and always wondered where you water comes from, this is your chance! ...
Free reception for CCNH Naturalist Tony Iwane's wildlife photos!
Federally Listed as Endangered in 1976, the San Bruno Elfin (Callophrys mossii bayensis) is a nickel-sized, Burmese brown denizen of the top-most, rock outcrops of San Bruno. This butterfly doesn't live much beyond this niche habitat on the mountain! There may be other "Harbingers of Spring" around as well, such as the Coastal Green Hairstreaks & Brown Elfins.
Friends of Sausal Creek are hosting CCNH Naturalist Damon Tighe to get you excited about using iNaturalist to document mushrooms and other fungi. The workshop will focus on the basics of identifying mushrooms, how to take useful photographs for identification ....
California Center for Natural History and East Bay Regional Parks are teaming up to bring you a Valentine’s Day treat - nature walk meets happy hour! Come for an evening tour of Wildcat Creek’s amorous amphibians, then mingle with fellow nature lovers at the Grizzly Bar and Grill (open late just for the occasion) while enjoying drinks and nature trivia!
It's a Valentine-themed walk to remember... amphibian amplexus, spermatophores, and nuptial pads await. Meet at the Tilden Golf Course. Adults 21+.
107 endangered sexually mature Coho salmon were recently released into Redwood Creek. Come see what happened next and learn about their natural and cultural history with Naturalist Nik Bertulis. Explore this aquatic wonderland and help us unravel the next chapter of this genetically unique population.