The Folger Stable Speaker Series features a wide range of interesting talks for the public to enjoy.

Upcoming Talks:

Folger Stable Speaker Series: Burning Questions about Redwoods

Sun. March 15, 2020 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The area burned by California wildfires has been on the rise in recent years, and in many cases the fires have been burning hotter than ever before. What does that mean for our redwood forests? And how can we best manage them to reduce the risk of severe fires, especially in our more populated areas? Join Paul Ringgold, Chief Program Officer at Save the Redwoods League, to find out how the League and its partners are restoring redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains and implementing fire management strategies here and beyond.

Paul Ringgold has worked in conservation and land management for more than 30 years, serving as a Forest Policy Analyst for the Pinchot Institute of Conservation, a Forest Manager and Research Program Director for the University of Washington, and the Vice President of Land Stewardship for the Peninsula Open Space Trust. As Chief Program Officer for Save the Redwoods League, he oversees all land conservation transactions, land stewardship and management activities, forest restoration programs, public funding and policy engagement, park support, as well as education and interpretive programs. Ringgold holds a Master’s degree in Forest Policy and Rural Sociology from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Resources Management from the University of Washington. In addition to his work at the League, he serves as the Advisory Council Chair of the Bay Area Open Space Council.


Previous Talks:

tall treeHow to Build the Tallest Tree

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Featuring Zane Moore, a UC Davis researcher working on redwood genomics and anatomy. Coast redwoods are the world’s tallest trees and an iconic species of California. Join us to explore redwood architecture, the synthesis of biology and physics and delve into the mystery of albino redwoods.

lion540Living with Mountain Lions

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Featuring Zara McDonald, founder of the Bay Area Puma Project. Learn about mountain lion ecology and history, the challenges of sharing habitat with mountain lions and learn essential trips for living and recreating without fear in puma habitat. Learn about tracking efforts in our parks and enjoy engaging photos and video.


Fall 2016 - Guests met Corky Quirk from NorCal Bats and observed how bats eat, fly and use echolocation. Participants got to encounter different bat species and do a bat themed craft.

chinese roadIron Road, Stone Walls

Spring 2016 - Featuring Stanford's Dr. Gordon Chang talking about the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project that is recovering and interpreting the history of Chinese workers who toiled on the first transcontinental rail line in the 19th century. This unique event featured the traveling exhibit “The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental.”

Marine Life540Protecting the Most Biologically Productive Place in North America

Fall 2015 - Carol Preston from NOAA's Farallones National Marine Sanctuary described why one of the world’s most productive ocean ecosystems occurs here, right off our San Mateo coast, and why it is so rich with marine life like white sharks, sea turtles and giant whales. Stunning underwater video, photos and graphics illustrated how oceanic processes, and changing seasons of the sea, as well as wildlife ranging from majestic to miniscule, combine to create a food web of global significance. Followed by marine life printing and marine life artifacts!

artistsDeep Roots: Local Artists Inspired by California's Natural Landscapes

Spring 2015 - Guests enjoyed nationally acclaimed and locally admired painters discussing their inspiration drawn from the local landscape, their artistic processes, and what Woodside means to their work. Featuring Jim Caldwell, Kit Colman and Sheila Finch. Followed by an exceptional showcase of the artists work.