2019 Update

  Dear Friends and Supporters, We are proud of the work we have done this year, advancing bold and successful initiatives and providing a place of refuge and reflection to … Read more

Bring Back the Beaver Campaign: Spring 2019 Events

Want to learn about all the amazing benefits of beaver for California watersheds? Join WATER Institute Directors¬†Kate Lundquist¬†and/or Brock Dolman at these upcoming events: February 19-21 –¬†State of the Beaver … Read more

OAEC Receives Groundbreaking Compost Toilet Permit

Legitimizing Ecological Sanitation¬†via Scientific Research After 2 years of negotiations, OAEC is excited to partner with county and regional agencies with the acquisition of an “Alternate Methods and Materials” research … Read more

Seed Swappin’

One of the goals of our Mother¬†Garden Biodiversity & Nursery program is to conserve agricultural biodiversity and share it with the broader public through seed saving and Plant Sales.¬†At the … Read more

Greywater Policy Innovation Goes to Sacramento

The¬†Decentralized Water Policy Council¬†(DWPC),¬†a project of OAEC and the California Onsite Water Association, was one of three finalists in the¬†Imagine H2O Policy Challenge. Finalists were selected from over 100 applications … Read more

In Memory of OAEC’s Friend Doug Tompkins

Above: Kris & Doug Tompkins. Photo by Dave Henson, Dec. 2014.   The staff and extended family of the Occidental Arts &¬†Ecology Center would like to honor our friend, mentor … Read more

Nov. 2-7: Week of Action to Protect Pollinators

For the last two years, OAEC’s Executive Director Dave Henson has been facilitating a network of U.S. organizations that are developing strategies to protect pollinators such as bees, bats, birds, … Read more

Speak Out to Keep Glyphosate (Roundup) a Prop 65 Chemical

The use¬†of glyphosate¬†has surged dramatically since the 1990s, when genetically engineered (GE) “Roundup Ready” corn and soybean crops were introduced. According to the Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA), … Read more

Water Budgeting at OAEC and in Your Community

Above: Alana records weekly potable water use at OAEC outside the Main Office, which all staff members see throughout the day. You, too, could do this at your workplace,¬†church, child’s … Read more

Join the “Chautauqua Circle”

Thank you to everyone who attended¬†our 13th Annual Chautauqua Revue this past¬†weekend!¬†Despite the heavy lifting required to bring into the theater two dozen performers, light and sound equipment, costumes, props, … Read more

Perennials You Can Plant Now

If you’re an avid gardener, you¬†are probably about to get¬†your Fall and Winter annuals into the ground, or have already done so. However, there are also many perennial food crops, … Read more

OAEC Publishes Wildlands Preserve Stewardship Plan

Pictured:¬†Harold Appleton, registered professional forester, co-authored the plan with Lindsay Dailey and Jim Coleman¬†(pictured) as well as¬†Brock Dolman. Harold spent many hours onsite inventorying mixed conifer forests and guiding OAEC … Read more

OAEC Cookbook: Summer Recipe & Civil Eats Article

Pictured: Flower Petal Pestos. Edible flowers, such as sunflower and nastutium, volunteer in legions in OAEC’s¬†temperate gardens. These brightly colored sauces in small quantities are most efficiently used as a … Read more

Drought Action

These are extraordinary times in California–especially in the Dutch Bill Creek Watershed, where OAEC is located, and the watersheds surrounding it. The water in our creeks is so low that … Read more

OAEC Nursery Staff Spotlights

Behind the scenes at OAEC are¬†dozens of talented¬†hourly and part-time staff¬†members. Here are some of the wonderful people¬†who give their time, energy and love to¬†the¬†OAEC Nursery, our 100% California Certified … Read more

Storytelling for Social Change

Social change is inspired by effective storytelling. Our allies in the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), a group of organizers that includes our Strategic Partners with the Movement Generation Justice & … Read more