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.
The OAEC WATER Institute has written up the following guides to help citizens, landowners, agencies and decision makers implement useful techniques to restore and protect the watersheds we live in and include extensive resource lists. Many of these reports describe projects we designed and installed as part of our conservation hydrology demonstration site at OAEC.
A 30-page WATER Institute booklet about the history, ecology, benefits and restoration of beaver in California. (Version 2.0 June 2016). Contact us at (707) 874-1557 x 101 to purchase a full-color copy $10
A 20-page WATER Institute booklet for individuals to educate themselves and for those working to educate others about the myriad issues facing our watersheds and the steps we can take to preserve them. (2nd Edition 2008)
The following is the text and photos from a booklet written by the WATER Institute in 2007 and updated in 2011. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.
A 23-page WATER Institute report on roofwater harvesting in California (2011). The following is the text and photos from a report written by the WATER Institute in 2011. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.
A 10-page WATER Institute how-to on solar hot water heating. The following is the text and photos from a booklet written by the WATER Institute in 2009. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.
An 11-page WATER Institute how-to on two legal graywater designs for residential applications. The following is the text and photos from a report written by the WATER Institute in 2010. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.
A 20-page WATER Institute report on rural stormwater management (2012).
An 11-page WATER Institute how-to on this simple agricultural roofwater catchment design. The following is the text and photos from a booklet written by the WATER Institute in 2011. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.
A 27-page WATER Institute how-to on simple residential roofwater harvesting systems at OAEC. The following is the text and photos from a booklet written by the WATER Institute in 2008. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.
To achieve both behavioral and systemic change, the WATER Institute has cultivated strategic partnerships with community-based organizations, agencies and centers of governance in both the rural and the urban areas of Northern California. The following publications are a product of these collaborative efforts.
The Bodega Valley Rainwater Catchment & Alternative Water Supply Program is an example of a multi-pronged, community-based program to provide enhanced water security for residents and help restore stream flows during the dry summer months. This article describes the coordinated community planning, funding, and implementation of more than 12 different roof water harvesting systems for both private residential homes, the Bodega Fire Department (pictured here), and several local dairy operations.
This Streamflow Improvement plan (SIP), written by the Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership, is a roadmap for prioritizing and implementing streamflow improvement projects with multiple public benefits and a diversity of approaches within OAEC’s home watershed of Dutch Bill Creek.
Peer-reviewed scientific article. "Restoring Summer Base Flow under a Decentralized Water Management Regime: Constraints, Opportunities, and Outcomes in Mediterranean-Climate California" by OAEC WATER Institute Director, Brock Dolman and University of Florida researcher Matthew W. Deitch. Published in Water -Open Access Journal. Keywords: Mediterranean climate adaptation; coastal California; salmon restoration; water abstraction; hydrologic variability; streamflow seasonality; drought; human–environment interactions
This paper brings to light the buried beaver dam wood that was dug up in Sierra’s in the late 80’s and carbon dated to 580, 1730 and 1850 A.D. This is significant because it serves as scientific proof that beaver occurred in the Sierras before European settlers arrived (2012).
The purpose of the Salmon Creek Estuary Habitat Structures Project is to improve habitat in the lower Salmon Creek estuary through installation of large wood structures and floating willow rafts. The instream habitat structures will provide refuge areas for salmonids and other aquatic species during high flows and cover from predation during low flow periods.
The Salmon Creek Watershed Council and OAEC received a grant to investigate the physical condition and functioning of the Salmon Creek tidal estuary, assess upstream factors that directly affect critical habitat in the estuary, collect historical information and develop recommendations to enhance habitat (2004).
The Salmon Creek Water Conservation Program (SCWCP) is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder effort focused on developing alternative water supply solutions that support human needs while protecting and restoring instream flows for fish and wildlife (2010).
OAEC WATER Institute contributed to this informative 62-page guide for Sonoma County (2010).
A call to action and a solution-focused guide to solving our global water crisis. Edited by Tara Lohan with a chapter by Brock Dolman (2010).
Brock Dolman contributed to this report by the California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative. It is intended to launch a conversation to inspire strategic action and implementation of policies, programs, and farming practices founded in a water stewardship framework (2008).
The WATER Institute sits on this Roundtable and contributed to the following report released by The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (2011).
The WATER Institute sits on this Roundtable and contributed to the following report released by The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (2012).
The WATER Institute sits on this Roundtable and contributed to the following report released by The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (2014).
Brock Dolman co-authored the "Beaver Historical Range" paper below which lists several forms of historic evidence (including the buried dam wood) that further prove that beaver were in fact native to the Sierra (2012).
Kate Lundquist and Brock Dolman co-authored this peer-reviewed scientific paper re-evaluating the historic evidence of beaver on the coast of California (2013).
Kate Lundquist and Brock Dolman co-authored this report on the historic evidence of beaver in the north coast of California where Coho salmon occur. Includes detailed maps, tables and appendices (2013).
The WATER Institute collaborated with Prunuske Chatham, Inc. and Virginia Porter to create these guides (2009).
In addition to the publications above, the WATER Institute has produced the following entertaining and educational videos.
Special Report on the slayings of rare California Tiger Salamanders on a Sonoma County Road.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the historic reintroduction of endangered Coho Salmon to the Salmon Creek Watershed in Sonoma County.