Kate Marianchild

When 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.)

Past Events

Sandhill Crane Festival

Sunday Nov 05 2017   12:30 PM
Crete Hall, Hutchins Street Square  125 S Hutchins St, Lodi, CA  map

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands at the Willits Library

Thursday Apr 20 2017   5:30 PM
Willits Library  390 E Commercial St, Willits, CA  map

Secrets of Oak Woodlands at the Ukiah Library

Thursday Dec 08 2016   6:00 PM
Ukiah Library  105 N Main Street, Ukiah, CA  map

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands at REI Berkeley

Wednesday Nov 30 2016   7:00 PM
REI Berkeley  1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Nature Walk with Kate Marianchild

Sunday Nov 20 2016   2:00 PM
Emerald Earth Sanctuary  , Boonville , CA  map

Hitched to Everything: The Amazing Manzanita

Thursday Nov 10 2016   7:30 PM
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History  165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA  map

Monterey Bay Birding Festival: Exploring a Coast Live Oak Woodland with Kate Marianchild

Sunday Sep 25 2016   9:00 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve  , Watsonville, CA  map

California’s Oak Woodlands: Tantalizing Tidbits about “Boring” Birds

Saturday Sep 24 2016   7:00 PM
Watsonville Civic Plaza  275 Main St, Watsonville, CA  map

Talk and Walk with Kate Marianchild

Saturday May 14 2016   10:00 AM
Effie Yeaw Nature Center  2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA  map

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

Our Magnificent Valley Oaks: Hubs of Their Habitats

Sunday May 01 2016   1:00 PM
Observatory Park  , Ukiah, CA  map

Kate Marianchild at WoMaMu

Friday Mar 18 2016 - Monday Mar 21 2016 
The Bishop’s Ranch  5297 Westside Rd., Healdsburg, CA  map

Kate Marianchild: Central Valley Birding Symposium

Friday Nov 20 2015   1:00 PM
Stockton Hilton Hotel   2323 Grand Canal Blvd , Stockton, CA  map

Kate Marianchild: Secrets of the Oak Woodlands

Saturday Nov 07 2015   10:00 AM
Effie Yeaw Nature Center   2850 San Lorenzo Way , Carmichael, CA  map

Kate Marianchild: Cooperation and Co-evolution in California’s Oak Woodlands

Monday Sep 14 2015   7:00 PM
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum   1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA  map

Poison Oak, Lace Lichen, and Mistletoe: Friends or Foes

Thursday Jun 18 2015   7:30 PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden  2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA  map

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Milo Baker CNPS

Monday Jun 15 2015   7:30 PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center  2050 Yulupa St., Santa Rosa, CA  map

Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium

Friday May 22 2015 - Monday May 25 2015 
Black Oak Ranch  50350 N Hwy 101, Laytonville, CA  map

Hitched to Everything: The Amazing Manzanita and the Beautiful Buckeye

Sunday Apr 26 2015   2:00 PM
Mendocino County Museum  400 E. Commercial St., Willits, CA  map

Oak Woodlands Walk

Saturday Apr 18 2015   10:00 AM
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Hitched to Everything: The Amazing Manzanita and the Beautiful Buckeye

Friday Apr 17 2015   12:00 PM
Marin Civic Center Library, Marin County Civic Center  3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael, CA  map

Cooperation and Coevolution in California’s Oak Woodlands

Sunday Feb 08 2015   3:00 PM
Mendocino County Museum  400 E. Commerical St., Willits, CA  map

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands

Tuesday Jan 20 2015   7:00 PM
Ukiah Civic Center  300 Seminary Ave., Ukiah, CA  map

Nature walk with Kate Marianchild

Sunday Nov 09 2014   10:00 AM
TBD  , Mendocino, CA  map

Fungi, acorn woodpeckers, ground squirrels, and manzanita

Friday Oct 24 2014   7:00 PM
Copperfield’s Books  138 N. Main St., Sebastopol, CA  map

Oak Mistletoe, Poison Oak, and Lace Lichen: Friends or Foes?

Wednesday Oct 22 2014   7:30 PM
East Bay Chapter of California Native Plant Society  200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley, CA  map

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Mendocino

Friday Sep 12 2014   6:30 PM
Gallery Bookshop  Kasten St., Mendocino, CA  map

Solar Living Harvest Moon Celebration with Kate Marianchild

Saturday Sep 06 2014   6:00 PM
Solar Living Center  13771 S Hwy 101, Hopland, CA  map

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Book launch with slideshow and book signing

Sunday Aug 24 2014   2:00 PM
Grace Hudson Museum  431 S Main St., Ukiah, CA  map

Secrets of the Oak Woodlands: Premiere book signing with slide presentation

Thursday Jul 31 2014   6:00 PM
Mendocino Book Company  102 S. School St., Ukiah, CA  map