In the Nature in Your Neighborhood program, our backyards and neighborhoods are our classrooms. Birds, trees, ferns, and mammals are just a few of the topics we will learn about together.
Our explorations are guided by an experienced naturalist (or two) who’ll kick off our week of learning with a Virtual Nature Walk and then send us out with activities to explore and observe the hidden wonders close to home.
The program is free and open to all ages, so you’re welcome to encourage your loved ones to participate with you.
View the List of Topics and Presentations:
Birds — with Ken Wilson and Dave Rugh
Trees — with Erik Kingfisher
Insects — with Richard Lewis
Ferns — with Heather Harding
Amphibians & Reptiles — with Geoff Hammerson
Shrubs — with Byron Rot
Herbaceous Plants — with Coca Sanchez and Dana Ecelberger
Mammals — with Darrell and Lorna Smith
Observing as a Naturalist — with Ken Wilson (includes an overview about observational skills and using binoculars)
Local Geology — with Michael Machette
Coastal Geomorphology — with John Bethel
Marine Mammals — with Dave Rugh
Wildlife Tracking — with Sarah Spaeth
We’re excited to announce that in Winter 2021 we will have a set of bonus Nature in Your Neighborhood Winter Virtual Nature Walks that take a deeper dive into specific forest-related topics. Please save these dates and stay tuned for more to come!
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Although the many of the live sessions of the course have ended, you can still participate. Sign up below to gain access to recordings of our Virtual Nature Walks and Extending Our Reach presentations and see the full list of resources provided by our volunteer naturalists.