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This is a place for personal insights into our work by Save the Redwoods League leaders, President and CEO Sam Hodder, General Counsel Harry Pollack, Director of Science Emily Burns and Director of Outreach Jennifer Benito. Please join the conversation by posting your stories and comments.

Getting there isn’t always half the fun — but these resources can help!

Handy E-Resources for Redwoods Trips

Want to hike or camp in the redwoods?  Don’t know where to go, don’t have a car, or need a last minute camp site? Or maybe you don’t want to go alone, or are wondering if your dog will be welcome.  Don’t let the unknowns keep you indoors —there’s an app for that, or a […]

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Oakland Tech Takes to the Woods

Last Friday, three school buses motored up into the Oakland Hills with 140 ninth graders from Oakland Tech High School. These students joined us to visit Chabot Space & Science Center and explore the coast redwood forest just beyond. Despite the morning rainfall, these students worked with League Education Manager, Deborah Zierten, to measure the […]

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Kids in the Redwoods, Part 2

Last week, I wrote about the value of bringing kids to the redwoods.  A family trip to the redwoods can be such an incredible gift to children, creating lifelong memories and a connection with nature that can improve life in so many ways.  But as a parent, I know that can be a lot harder […]

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Meet the Treetop Lichen

Lichens contribute such beautiful colors to our redwood forests, growing elegantly on trees, fallen logs, and rocks. Each lichen you see is actually a symbiotic partnership — algae or cyanobacteria wrapped up in a fungal package. Thanks to canopy biologists Rikke Reese Næsborg, Cameron Williams, Marie Antoine, and Stephen Sillett, those of us on the ground now have a  window into the tremendous lichen diversity aloft in the redwood […]

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Kids and adults alike will love exploring lush Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo by oskay, Flickr Creative Commons.

Springtime Family Redwoods Getaways

What are your fondest childhood memories? It’s often the small moments we share with loved ones, like sitting around a campfire and watching the stars, that stick with us for life. And you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to create meaningful experiences for your children – in fact, sometimes less is more. […]

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First Canopy Exploration at Muir Woods

This time last week, our intrepid research partners were ascending up into the tall trees of Cathedral Grove at Muir Woods National Monument. This historic first climb was part of BioBlitz 2014, a massive effort throughout the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to identify as many species as possible over a 24-hour period. Rangers diverted […]

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Students collected data about the redwoods forest at BioBlitz 2014.

Kids in the Redwoods, Part 1

Did you hear about the BioBlitz in the Bay Area last week? Scientists, community members, families and school groups converged on Muir Woods and Crissy Field to explore, catalog and discover our local ecology. I was at Muir Woods on Friday, and I loved seeing the excitement and enchantment of kids in the redwoods – […]

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A yellow-spotted millipede found at Muir Woods.

BioBlitzing with students!

On March 28th, over 4,000 visitors and volunteer scientists arrived at Muir Woods National Monument ready to learn, discover, and explore this absolutely amazing redwood forest. Thousands more visited the Crissy Field Center for the Biodiversity Festival. Whether or not they were there for the BioBlitz, everyone had science fever! I was fortunate enough to […]

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Regan and Jess...and Bigfoot?

Something Big at the BioBlitz

Look who made a guest appearance at our Redwoods BioBlitz table! Seems like we may have encountered a new species this past weekend when League scientists were busy climbing into the canopy at Muir Woods National Monument. Of course, this is just a fun little April Fools prank that you too can play on your […]

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BioBlitz is Here!

The time we have been preparing for during the past few months, BioBlitz 2014, is finally here! For the next two days you will find us at Muir Woods National Monument and the Crissy Field Center as we explore, learn, teach, and celebrate the extraordinary biodiversity of the National Parks in the Bay Area. Please […]

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