Archive for the 'San Francisquito Explorations' Category

Restoration and Preservation

On Monday March 8 we will have two speakers. Paul Heiple will talk about “The Impacts of Land Use on the Arastradero Preserve and the Benefits of Good Land Use from the Beginning”. Franklin Olmsted will give us a brief account of volunteer restoration efforts by Friends of Foothills Park and California Native Plant Society […]

Migrations and Reflections

On Monday February 8 our speaker is Naturalist Annette Coleman, who grew up in Palo Alto. After graduating, from UC Davis with a degree in Environmental Interpretation, Annette worked ten years as a Ranger at Foothills Park, and ten years as Area Superintendent for Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. She has also worked as a […]

Animal Awareness

On Monday January 4, 2010 we’ve arranged for two guest speakers! Léo Laporte, a Professor Emeritus in Earth Sciences at UCSC and a Jasper Ridge docent will be giving us a brief overview of Jasper Ridge. Then in keeping with our theme for the month, Animal Awareness, Brian Knittel from Riekes Nature’s Awareness Center ( […]

Creativity in Nature

On Monday, November 30, from 7 to 9 PM our featured guest speaker is Jack Laws. Naturalist, educator and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws delights in exploring the natural world and sharing this love with others. He has worked as an environmental educator for over 25 years in California, Wyoming, and Alaska. He is trained […]

Upper Watershed & Scared Dialogue with Nature

Our purpose for focusing on the upper watershed is to foster our understanding of how a watershed comes into being. On Monday, November 9 our speaker will be geologist Paul Heiple. He will be covering the “Structure of the West Union Creek”. Early in his career, Paul attended Colorado School of Mines and then worked […]

Life in an Estuary

Our speaker on Monday, October 5 will be Naturalist Annette Coleman. Her presentation will be titled “A Salt Marsh Prevails through the Years in Palo Alto; a short history of the use, abuse and restoration of the Palo Alto Baylands”. Anette grew up in Palo Alto and after graduating from UC Davis with a degree […]

Local Seasonal and Organic Food

Our speaker on Monday, September 7 will be Drew Harwell who is a naturalist, educator and organic gardener. He has a BA from Prescott College in Environmental Restoration and was trained in nature awareness and regenerative design at the Regenerative Design Institute. He is the garden manager of the Common Ground Demonstration Garden and chef […]

The Solar System and Cosmology

Our guest speaker and guide for August is Joe Jordan, he has dedicated his life to astronomical research, science education, and new ways of generating power. His formal education started at Oberlin University with a major in physics, and continued at UC Santa Cruz with his Masters Degree in Oceanography/Computer Science. Joe has worked for […]

Our Program

Our yearlong course consists of one Saturday Exploration and one Monday Enrichment Evening per month. The evening speakers prepare us for the Saturday explorations where we go out in small groups into our bioregion, with a concentration on our own watershed. While we provide wonderful guides and materials, these explorations are designed for each person […]