The Press Democrat celebrates the Osborn Preserve's legacy of learning, highlighting the on-going research, cross-disciplinary education, WATERS Collaborative, and the Roth family's lasting vision. Special attention is paid to ways that community members can participate. More at Press Democrat: A Land for Learning
The Roth Family Donation Sparks a Legacy of Environmental Education and Research
Less than a year before his death this May, William Matson Roth was thinking of Sonoma State University (SSU) and the nature preserve that he and his family's philanthropy had created in the hills above the campus.
In their most recent "gift of generosity," William and Joan Roth, and their children Jessica, Maggie, and Ana, donated a 40-acre parcel at the top of Sonoma Mountain to cement the future of the 450-acre Fairfield Osborn Preserve they had helped create.....> more at SSU News Center: Roth Family Donation
Aug 25-Sep 2: Required informational Meetings for the Osborn Naturalist Training are held Aug 25 (Mon), Aug 26 (Tues), Aug 27 (Wed), Aug 28 (Thurs), and Sep 2 (Tues). All meetings are 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Room 101, Darwin Hall, SSU Campus. The training is open to students and community members. Contact Us for more information about how to participate.
TBD: Required informational Meetings for the Land Management Training are held in January. All meetings are 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Room 300C, Darwin Hall, SSU Campus. The training is open to students and community members. Training Days for registered participants occur on five consecutive Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm at the Osborn Preserve, Bodega Marine Reserve (UC-Davis) and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. Contact Us for more information about how to participate.
Welcome to SSU's outdoor classrooms. We welcome visitors of all ages and affiliations engaged in research and education. Explore our Preserves, Programs and Projects at each of the links below. If you like what you see and would like to get involved, please consider a donation to the SSU Preserves. Over 50% of our annual budget is supported by donors.
Los Guillicos, Osborn and Galbreath Preserves are in the Mayacama, Sonoma, and Inner Coast ranges of California's North Coast and range in size from 40 to 3,600 acres. Each Preserve is a unique blend of environment, culture and economy that create opportunities for teaching, research, and community engagement in the liberal arts and sciences. Reservations are required - see Visit a Preserve for details.
Preserve-sponsored programs engage learners of all ages and focus on environmental education, watersheds, and land management. We prioritize hands-on learning.
At each of our Preserves, we collaborate on projects with organizations, students, faculty and community members to address regional environmental challenges. Independent research by persons of any affiliation is encouraged. Resulting data (see Info Hub) are shared with agencies and other stakeholders. To learn more about on-going projects, visit Preserve Project pages: (Osborn Projects, Galbreath Projects).
This year, I learned the term “wicked problem.” The phrase defines a problem that is difficult to solve because of incomplete information, nondefinitive solutions, and complex interdependencies. In a Policy Science journal article in 2012, Levin et al. coined the term "superwicked problem” to characterize the challenge of global climate change. How do we prepare students to grapple with such complex issues?
The SSU Preserves are SSU's outdoor classrooms. Preserve programs create the hands-on learning experiences that challenge students to deal with the complexities and inconsistencies that characterize real-world problems. Everything we do at our Preserves - operations, management, data, and programs - is an opportunity to seek student involvement and input in finding new solutions. In the past 3 years, we have collaboratively developed projects with students and faculty in the performing arts, business, history, engineering, computer science, geography and the life sciences. (See InfoHub/Projects).
Each of our three Preserves provide unlimited opportunities for discovery and learning in economy, culture and environment. These sites can be the inspiration for acquiring skills and motivation needed to embrace multi-disciplinary solutions that will characterize the Century of the Environment.