Mother Oak, Father Time

Mother Oak, Father Time

Perhaps the real world embodiment of The Giving Tree, the tall and benevolent oak not only provides a shaded reprieve for the tired hiker, but is also unparalleled in its ability to grant food, water, shelter, and protection for wildlife. But like many wild things, our mighty oaks are threatened by a rapidly changing world.

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Connecting Creeks to Climate Change

Connecting Creeks to Climate Change

“What’s that?” asked a curious fourth grade student. We were standing on the bridge over San Francisquito Creek near El Palo Alto Park, where a class from a nearby Palo Alto elementary school had gathered to learn about the history of the park and to plant native plants along the path.

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A Deep-rooted Friendship: Stanford and Grassroots Ecology

A Deep-rooted Friendship: Stanford and Grassroots Ecology

The benefits of neighboring one of the best universities in the world are plentiful. From our organization’s onset, we have enjoyed a strong and mutually-supportive relationship with Stanford University that has taken on many forms. Stanford groups volunteer to restore our local open spaces, including the annual Beyond the Farm event, and the Stanford Conservation Program collaborates on projects that help restore Matadero and San Francisquito Creeks. One of our favorite ways we’ve collaborated with our neighbor is through the Open Space Management Practicum, a class in the Earth Systems Department. 

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