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Friday, September 23, 2011

Pepperwood Preserve class on Oaks

Pepperwood Preserve offers Class on Oaks

Students will explore groves comprised of many oak species onsite at Pepperwood Preserve Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm with botanical expert Steve Barnhart. Barnhart is Pepperwood’s Academic Director and an expert on California’s oaks, Steve Barnhart will lead students on a walk to discover the biology, ecology and identity of this exceptionally diverse plant community. Students will also learn about oak management, pests and diseases, regeneration and wildlife issues. The class is $10.00 and students can register online at .

Steve instructed for 37 years at Santa Rosa Junior College in biology, botany, and ecology. He has conducted numerous field courses over the past 25 years at Pepperwood, as well as in the Sierra and Great Basin. On the Pepperwood staff since 2006, Steve maintains a research interest in oak biology and oak woodland dynamics. He is currently involved in vegetation consultation and research activities with professors at UC Davis and UC Berkeley and is an expert advisor on the Sonoma County oak management plan currently in process.

Pepperwood is an ecological institute dedicated to educating, engaging, and inspiring its community through science-based conservation, leading-edge research, and multidisciplinary educational programs. Dedicated to the protection of the region’s rich biodiversity represented within its 3,200 acres, Pepperwood provides unique open-space access to nature lovers, volunteers, students, and scientists from the Bay Area and beyond. 

The Preserve is located at 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, off Franz Valley Road, approximately midway between the towns of Santa Rosa and Calistoga, and adjacent to Safari West. To find directions and more information about Pepperwood Preserve and its programs, visit

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