Based in Santa Rosa, California, the Pepperwood Foundation was established in 2005 to acquire Pepperwood Preserve and to expand the conservation, research and education programs based at the preserve through the creation of the Dwight Center for Conservation Science.
Pepperwood Preserve is a 3,120-acre nature preserve located in Sonoma County. As one of the largest scientific preserves in Northern California, Pepperwood provides a sanctuary for wildlife and affords a native habitat for its flora and fauna to thrive. The preserve was originally established in 1979 as a gift of the Kenneth Bechtel family to the California Academy of Sciences.
Pepperwood Foundation is an ecological institute dedicated to educating, engaging and inspiring the community through habitat preservation, science-based conservation, leading-edge research and interdisciplinary educational programs. Its mission is to steward the life and landscapes of the preserve and to advance science-based conservation of ecosystems throughout Northern California and beyond.
The foundation features an interdisciplinary array of environmental education programming geared for all ages. It also acts as a field site for research institutions including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Sonoma State University and the California Academy of Sciences and has undertaken numerous projects to restore ecosystems affected by early twentieth century deforestation, agriculture and invasive species.