“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 festive 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 Dr. 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.
Along the way, we’ll learn why anyone can practice science—and how we can all join Hope Jahren in observing and nurturing the natural world by ensuring a vibrant urban forest for all.
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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.
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.
If you can’t join us April 7, but still want to create healthy, nature-filled neighborhoods, we hope you’ll consider a special gift of support.
Your contribution of any amount is deeply appreciated, and will be put to work right away to plant trees, advocate for the urban forest, engage youth as environmental leaders, and transform local communities with the life-giving benefits of trees.
Our profound gratitude to everyone who’s part of growing healthy trees and healthy communities!
Anna Eshoo, U.S. Representative
Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative
Marc Berman, State Assemblymember
Jerry Hill, State Senator
Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor
Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Supervisor
Ruben Abrica, Mayor of East Palo Alto
Liz Kniss, Mayor of Palo Alto
Peter I. Ohtaki, Mayor of Menlo Park
Lenny Siegel, Mayor of Mountain View
Prof. Nicole Ardoin, Stanford University
Cindy Blain, Executive Director of California ReLeaf
Nona Chiarello, Staff Scientist, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Angela Filo, Yellow Chair Foundation
Robin M. Grossinger, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Dr. Jeff Harding, Superintendent, MVLA High School District
Nancy Hughes, California Urban Forests Council
Dana Karcher, Arbor Day Foundation
Walter Passmore, Palo Alto Urban Forester
Ayinde Rudolph, Superintendent, Mountain View Whisman School District
Jimi Scheid, Cal Fire
City of Palo Alto
David and Trish Collins
Davey Tree Expert Company
Boething Treeland Farms
Marty and Judy Deggeller
Mathieu Devin and Catherine Granger
Susan Ellis and Mark Linton
Google Ecology Program
Amanda J. Martin, State Farm Insurance
Sally O’Neil and Ken Bencala
Roger Smith and Judy Kay
West Coast Arborists
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation