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Spring 2022 /

/ Tree Beings

we are interwoven

with trees

Through photosynthesis, trees clean the air we breathe; through roots, trees stabilize the soil we step upon. Trees lift water up from the soil and out through their leaves, transpiring our water back into the air as rainfall. Billions of letters long, tree DNA includes chemical defenses that we synthesize into medicine, from pain-relieving willow bark to slippery elm for a sore throat. On cold nights, the comforting crackle of kindling brings us together, keeping us warm.

Within a forest, trees also teach us the art of relation. They shy their crowns away from each other, giving space to allow each other to grow. If one tree falls sick in a forest, the entire forest ripples in response, sending sugars and water through the mycelial network. When a tree dies, its decaying nutrients cycle on the forest floor to nurture a multitude of living beings – from woodpeckers and raccoons to fungi and young seedlings.

Mushrooms thriving on a decaying log after the rain
A path through redwood trees, lined with blooming bright green wood sorrel and fern

Trees like coastal redwoods can stay alive for millennia and longer – their sentience far beyond human comprehension. These oldest living beings on the planet are our elders, and moreover, our closest glimpses of immortality.

In our spring program series on trees, we invite you to stretch your imagination to see the cosmic significance of trees as related kin, beyond reduction into commodities like furniture, paper, and boxes of toothpicks.

Who are the trees outside of our homes—the knotty moon faces on a peeling eucalyptus, the dancing cypress home to a clan of ravens, the whispering blue oak?


How might we live more intentionally in the presence of trees, remembering our interdependence every time we look up at these giants? 

Past Programs

Woman looking up at giant sequoias in awe

Songs inspired by trees

Tree Beings / a playlist to listen to while tasting pine needles, smelling bay laurel, touching the scaly bark of old growth oak, and gazing up at redwood giants. These songs capture the magic & mystery of these beings wise beyond our human years, featuring songs by tree lovers Bon Iver, Jose Gonzales, SZA, & more. Designed to be played in the order it was created. 🙃

🗞 The Essay
Richard Silliboy, Mi’kmaqs tibal elder

They Carry Us With Them by Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder and Jeremy Seifert

Cosmic Library

Our curated picks for continuous, lifelong learning about the cosmos

Images above courtesy of Emergence Magazine & For the Wild

Intuitive Painting

April 3, 2022 / Glen Canyon Park

Forest Bathing

March 13, 2022 / Golden Gate Park

Bright California poppies blooming in the springtime

Ahhhh, spring...

Shake off your winter cobwebs to the nimble spring greens awakening all around us, poking their heads through the fertile soil. 

Along the shortline, grey whale mothers steer their two-thousand pound calves towards northern waters, gently warmed by a tilting Earth.


Buoyed by record-breaking rain this fall, Chinook salmon are migrating upstream, swimming under the Golden Gate’s traffic to seek viable freshwater streams.


Burrowing owls prepare to hatch chicks in South Bay’s grasslands, while new pups emerge from coyote families across dozens of territories in San Francisco.


Blurs of poppies, irises, and lupine bloom through ocean mist. Shortly after the vernal equinox, planets Venus, Mars, and Saturn align in the sky.

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