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The place we now call San Francisco was once a radically different landscape from its current urbanized form—home to the Ohlone and defined by vast, wind-swept sand dunes and tidal marshes teeming with life. Despite transformation over the past 250 years, hidden creeks, remnant natural areas, rising shorelines, and native wildlife still shape the city’s character and resilience.
Join us as we launch Hidden Nature SF, a new project that uses historical ecology tools to draw us into the science of changing landscapes and challenge us to reimagine the ecological potential of the contemporary city—an increasingly important endeavor as the Bay Area and cities around the world address climate resilience.
Robin Grossinger is a Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Resilient Landscapes Program at the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI).
Eric Sanderson is a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the author of the bestselling book Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City.
Shari Gardner is an ecologist who has worked for 20 years in the Napa River watershed on diverse projects including the innovative, community-driven Living River Flood Control Project.
Hidden Nature SF is a partnership between SFEI, Exploratorium, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Presidio Trust.