About Paul Epstein
April 23, 2015 by Paul Epstein
Engaging kids in art is second nature to renowned environmental artist and mom Lee Lee, whose collaborative art tiles project, DEBRIS, sprung out of her concern for her newborn son Thatcher's future in a world overrun by single-use plastics.
November 20, 2014 by Paul Epstein
2014 Brower Youth Award winner Lynnea Shuck talks about her Junior Refuge Ranger program.
July 05, 2012 by Paul Epstein
Rich Stallcup is viewed by the ornithological community as a "legend in his own time" for the breadth and depth of his knowledge, and for his commitment to education and conservation. He is one of the founders of Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now PRBO Conservation Science). We spoke with Stallcup about his largely self-taught background in ornithology and about PRBO's work.
May 25, 2012 by Paul Epstein
Nancy Shelby, director of the theater group Word for Word Performing Arts Company, is taking on the work of Native American storyteller Greg Sarris. In a new piece, they explore the legends and history of Sonoma Mountain. Shelby says theater goes back to the village coming together in an exploration of what it means to be human.
May 14, 2012 by Paul Epstein
Jessie Raeder was an energetic high school student when a bitter dispute erupted over the use of chemicals to eradicate pike in Lake Davis in favor of native trout. Nowadays she's director of Paddle to the Sea, a month long "paddle-a-thon" that begins in June and runs the 241-mile length the Tuolumne River from the Sierras to the San Francisco Bay. The goal: raise awareness and money for the river's benefactor, the Tuolumne River Trust.
April 26, 2012 by Paul Epstein
Originally working in packaged design, Robyn Hodess became a landscape painter after a cross country plane ride sparked her imagination. Her landscapes look like they exist, somewhere, but are actually all from her head. She's come to see nature differently: "Before, I was looking at it very closely, 'Oh, look at the bud.' ... Now I'm saying, 'What are the textures in the world? What are the colors in the world?'"
April 13, 2012 by Paul Epstein
Lee Van Der Bokke is a world-class geocacher - someone who hides, and searches for, "caches"—hidden containers of different sizes that are tagged and located using GPS (global positioning system) or mobile devices. He says they're a great way to get people -- young and old -- exploring nature.
March 28, 2012 by Paul Epstein
It started out as a patriotic effort to show fellow citizens what they didn't know they were missing before it was gone. But in her mission to visit and blog about every California state park on the closure list, Lucy D'Mot also discovered some things about herself. "I feel like maybe I missed my calling earlier in life, to be a little more out in the outdoors," she said.
February 13, 2012 by Paul Epstein
Now you see it. Now you don't. Jim Denevan creates art --very large art -- out of the most ephemeral media: patterns in sand which will wash away with the tide, tracings in the earth that will disappear with the first rain, etchings upon icy lakes that must melt with the coming of spring. Beach aficionados know him as "that surfer dude," but his artwork is reminiscent of masters like Christo and Goldsworthy.
January 27, 2012 by Paul Epstein
Petaluma photographer Scott Hess never shied from a debate about conservation. He's hiked, admittedly illicitly, around Lafferty Ranch to reveal the property's hidden beauty, and once snapped pinups of "ecobabes" for a calendar on climate change. In this Q&A, Hess explains how his activism and photography intersect, and the pitfalls of doing what you love most.
December 21, 2011 by Paul Epstein
In the past, a consumer had mainly two choices: real or artificial. Another voice has joined the debate over the “best” Christmas tree. “Sustainable” trees have hit holiday stands to become a viable option for green consumers. But what does the label “sustainable” mean and are these trees worth the premium price?
November 23, 2011 by Paul Epstein
Making the most of a popular Thanksgiving dish and Native American agricultural traditions, students at Frank Havens School planted a "Three Sisters" garden. The fifth-graders planted squash, corn and beans together – known as succotash -- in an effort to demonstrate how the plants help each other grow without the need of chemicals and how, when combined, provide complete nutrition.
November 10, 2011 by Paul Epstein
Urban Adamah is a one-acre farm and Jewish environmental education center that recently opened in West Berkeley, just a stone’s throw from Interstate 80. Named for the Hebrew word for “earth,” Urban Adamah provides local food banks and community organizations with fresh produce while accommodating 500 visitors a month.
October 28, 2011 by Paul Epstein
The BayWood Artists, a group of plein air painters who often hold art sales to benefit local environmental groups, are dedicating their current show at the Bay Model in Sausalito to Save the Bay, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.
October 21, 2011 by Paul Epstein
On October 9, 805 teams of two, 100 individuals, and 220 children, along with hundreds of volunteers from local civic organizations, a crack team of event organizers, and thousands of cheering fans gathered at Joseph D. Grant County Park in the Mount Hamilton area of San Jose. They came to run. They came to bike. They came to get dirty.
October 12, 2011 by Paul Epstein
Two air tour operators got a provisional green light for low-flying air tours over the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes. Meanwhile, a long-term Air Tour Management Plan is in the works. As the October 21 public comment deadline approaches, some environmentalists say air tours have no place in parks, while tour operators say they offer access to people who might not otherwise see the parks.
September 21, 2011 by Paul Epstein
Even before Woodie Guthrie sang "This land is your land...," Americans had a solid history of maintaining and sharing public lands. September 24 brings this value into sharp focus: The annual National Public Lands Day is the largest assembly of volunteer effort on behalf of public lands in history. We'll help you get in on the action!