Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Science and Stories from the Forest

Friday May 06 2016   7:00 PM
Dwight Center at Pepperwood Preserve  2130 Pepperwood Preserve Rd, Santa Rosa, CA  map

A slide lecture at Pepperwood Preserve, part of Pepperwood’s “Discover Nature” lecture series.

Join Kate Marianchild, author of the best-selling Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Plant and Animals among California’s Oaks, as she takes us on an exuberant digital romp through the oak woodlands, California’s most diverse and widespread ecosystem. We will crawl into woodrat houses, undulate in erotic mating balls with newts, and gaze at the sky through the third eye of a western fence lizard. In this illustrated lecture, Kate will share fascinating facts and stories from her book. Books and close-focusing binoculars will be available for purchase (cash or check) and Kate will sign books following the lecture. For more information, go to In Dwight Center.

$10 suggested donation; students free. No reservations necessary. Directions at

Kate MarianchildWhen Kate Marianchild migrated to the oak woodlands of inland Mendocino County in 2001, she promptly fell in love with an ecosystem. After writing for Audubon and other nature-oriented nonprofits for several years, she began the research that led to the writing of this book. Marianchild studied Chinese language and literature at UC Berkeley and New Asia College in Hong Kong, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature. Following years of grassroots political activism, she moved to Mendocino County in 1980 and supported herself as a carpenter while founding and running Rising Tide Sea Vegetables, a company that is still thriving today under new ownership. For the past thirteen years she has lived in a cozy twenty-five-foot-diameter yurt with no indoor plumbing except a sink and a two-gallon hot water heater. In addition to watching wildlife, leading nature walks, and giving slide presentations, Marianchild sings with two community choirs, kayaks, swims, and participates in the events of her beloved community. (Kate Marianchild was known as Kathy Roberts before she changed her name to honor her deceased mother.)