OAEC supports diverse communities to design their own regenerative systems at the regional and local scale.
Our cookbook is a collection of inventive recipes inspired by seasonal eating from our biodiverse Mother Garden, orchards and Wildlands Preserve.
Experience the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center through a video tour and beautiful photographs of our Guest Houses, Meeting Room, Bathhouse, Kitchen & Dining Room, Mother Garden and more.
New in 2017: Now open every weekend April-October, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-5pm! Our nursery specializes in open-pollinated perennials including edible landscaping plants, rare and endangered food crops, drought tolerant ornamentals and habitat plants. Join us for our three special Plant Sale Events focused on annual plants for starting your seasonal vegetable gardens.
OAEC offers the longest consistently running two-week Permaculture Design Certification course in the West. Immerse yourself in information, ideas and inspiration on how to design sustainable, regenerative systems in balance with your home ecosystem.
Our School Garden Teacher Training supports schools to integrate the school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
In 2004, the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) established the WATER Institute (Watershed Advocacy, Training, Education & Research) to promote understanding of the importance of healthy watersheds to healthy communities. The WATER Institute develops innovative science-based solutions for communities and the environment to address the legacy of hydrologically destructive land-use practices and policies on California’s watersheds, and the urgent need to address the impacts of climate change on the water cycle.
Through demonstration, education, watershed community organizing and advocacy leadership, the WATER Institute empowers community-based watershed literacy and action by:
Brock completed his BA in the Biology and Environmental Studies departments at the University of California Santa Cruz in 1992, graduating with honors. He has been the keynote presenter at numerous conferences...
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Kate Lundquist is a watershed advocate, researcher, co-author, educator, artist and community collaborator. She has been a part of OAEC's WATER Institute in Western Sonoma County since 2005. Kate directs our Bring Back the Beaver Campaign...
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Conservation Hydrology emphasizes community-based watershed literacy, planning and action. It challenges the current "dehydration model" of human development and advocates for a "rehydration model" based on the mantra:
Illustration by Jim Coleman
Watersheds are catchment basins of varying sizes that collect surface water and groundwater in a given geographical area. "Basins of relations" is the notion that our watersheds are complex, living systems full of organisms that rely on us to be aware of how our actions impact the waters we share.
Illustration by Jim Coleman