Join us for an unforgettable evening…

Saturday April 7
Hotel Nia, Menlo Park

Hope Jahren, award-winning scientist and best-selling author of Lab Girl  explores roots, leaves, trees, and why all life hinges on the magic of plants.

“Plants are much more than food, medicine, and wood—they form the living, striving foundation of Planet Earth.” – Hope Jahren 

The Wonder of Trees will be an engaging evening of discovery, inspiration, community, and—of course—trees!

During a delicious dinner in a stunning new venue, guests will enjoy an elegant 3-course meal, award-winning local wines, and plenty of time to connect with each other.

As a dynamic program unfolds, we’ll follow Hope Jahren into her world as a scientist, uncovering the secrets of the soil beneath our feet, the leaves above our heads, and the ways in which the lives of plants and people are deeply intertwined.

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Hope Jahren

Internationally acclaimed scientist and writer

Hope Jahren Photo

Photo by Ressler Photography.

Hope Jahren is an award-winning geochemist and paleobiologist who combines cutting-edge research in plant biology and earth sciences to uncover the secrets of the natural world.

Dr. Jahren has been pursuing independent research since 1996, when she completed her PhD at University of California Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University.

She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Lab Girl

Hope Jahren's Best-Selling Book

Lab Girl bookAn illuminating debut memoir of a women in science, a moving portrait of a longtime friendship, and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist.

In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work (and planting trees!) come together. 


Presented By:

Honorary Committee

Anna Eshoo, U.S. Representative
Marc Berman, State Assemblymember
Jerry Hill, State Senator
Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor
Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Supervisor
Liz Kniss, Mayor of Palo Alto
Lenny Siegel, Mayor of Mountain View
Walter Passmore, Palo Alto Urban Forester
Nona Chiarello, Staff Scientist, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Prof. Nicole Ardoin, Stanford University

Event Sponsors

Hotel Nia

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Fergus Garber Young
Susan Rosenberg
Marty and Judy Deggeller
Jane and Bill Stocklin

Event Committee

Maika Horjus
Janice Li
Kammy Lo
Catherine Martineau
Shannon McDonald
Nancy Peterson
Susan Rosenberg
Meryl Selig