SPParks lecture, “Trees of Change: Oaks, Redwoods and North Bay Native Americans”

What would the history of North Bay Native Americans look like through the lens of two iconic California trees? What is a heritage oak and what truly is an “old growth” redwood? Nick Heitkamp, Park Interpretive Specialist, will present the story of how Pomo, Coast Miwok and Wappo people managed oaks and redwoods over time as a way to examine colonization, conservation, and the revitalization of indigenous cultures. Come learn about how the human-centered history of these two trees, with a special focus on Sonoma State Historic Park, holds valuable lessons for solving current issues like suburban sprawl and climate change.

This Thursday evening lecture is scheduled to be held in the Sonoma Mission Chapel, masks will be required. Check back on this website, or call 707-938-9560, for any updates on protocols for this indoor gathering. Admission fee will be $10 general public, $5 SPParks members, and free to Sonoma State Historic Park docents.