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Wandering in the Berkeley Hills

Looking for inspiration? On this ENJ Short, Jerry Kay recommends taking a walking tour in the hills of Berkeley, California. The map he used is “Berkeley and Its Pathways” which is published by the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, The post Wandering in the Berkeley Hills appeared first on EarthNews Journal.


Insuring Art for All

Did you know that in 1975 Congress created an arts indemnity program to help minimize the cost of insurance for art exhibitions? And without it, great works of art would not be available for the public to enjoy. I spoke with Neal Benezra, Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, about the upcoming “Matisse/Diebenkorn” exhibition — which, by the way, is incredible! — and he explained why arts indemnification is so important. The post Insuring Art for All appeared first on...


California’s Water Dilemmas

Experts are saying that the extreme rains Northern California has received this winter will not solve California’s water problems. On this report, two leaders in the field of water management offer their ideas on how we can put water in the bank for future use. My guests are Dr. Peter H. Gleick, President Emeritus and Chief Scientist of the Pacific Institute, and Dr. Daniel Mountjoy, Director of Resource Stewardship at Sustainable Conservation.


Dual Immersion Education

Two-way bilingual immersion programs are not replacing English with another language, but rather provide the students with an great opportunity to acquire a second language. My guest is Sara Rich Shenkan, principal of Alvarado Elementary School in San Francisco. (Support for this report has been provided by The Dean Witter Foundation.)


Fifty Years of Conservation Science

Meet Ellie Cohen, President & CEO of Point Blue and hear how this innovative organization is advancing nature-based solutions — to climate change, habitat loss, and other environmental threats for wildlife and people — through science, partnerships, and outreach. (Support for this report has been provided by The Dean Witter Foundation.)


Restoring Tidal Wetlands

On today’s show, you’ll meet Christina McWhorter, Manager of the Hamilton Native Plant Nursery in Novato, who shares the story of the Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project. Learn more: Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project San Francisco Bay Trail Segment Opens and New Audio Tour App Hamilton Wetlands Levee Breach (April 25, 2014) Hamilton Native Plant Nursery, Novato, CA


Planting Justice

Growing food, jobs and community. That’s what this incredible Bay Area organization is accomplishing. But the story of how they are doing it will amaze you. My guest is Gavin Raders, co-founder of Planting Justice. (Support for this report has been provided by The Dean Witter Foundation.) Gavin Raders (co-founder and Executive Director of Planting Justice) with Jerry Kay. Photo credit: Chris Kay


Updating the Sunset Lifestyle

Sunset has recently moved its offices to Oakland and test gardens to Cornerstone Sonoma where they recently held their annual Sunset Celebration Weekend. There I met Irene Edwards, the new Editor-in-Chief of Sunset Magazine, who shared her contemporary vision for the magazine. Sunset Magazine Cornerstone Sonoma Irene Edwards with Jerry Kay Images from Sunset Magazine's Celebration Weekend held at Cornerstone Sonoma in May 2016


Aim High

Summer is a time to be different, not a time to be more of the same. So says my guest Alec Lee, co-founder and executive director of Aim High, a tuition-free fun and engaging summer learning and enrichment program that serves middle school students and teachers with the goal of closing both the achievement gap and the opportunity gap. (Support for this report has been provided by The Dean Witter Foundation.) Alec Lee, co-founder and executive director of Aim High Photos courtesy of Aim High


Sunset Test Gardens

Nestled in the delightful gardens of Cornerstone Sonoma, you will find Sunset Magazine’s newly completed 1/4-acre Test Garden. Meet Johanna Silver, the Garden Editor for Sunset Magazine, who talks about the inspiration that visitors will find in their “garden rooms” display. Sunset Magazine Cornerstone Sonoma Johanna Silver, the Garden Editor for Sunset Magazine, talking with Jerry Kay


The Living Wall at SFMOMA

Today’s guest is David Brenner, the owner of Habitat Horticulture and designer of The Living Wall, a breathtakingly beautiful and a must-see exhibit at the newly opened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.



Located on Bainbridge Island in Washington State is a 255-acre outdoor learning center called IslandWood. In this report you’ll meet Dr. John Haskin, Senior Vice President for Education at IslandWood, who introduces us to the programs they offer. You will understand why IslandWood is now a recognized leader in the field of experiential education. (Support for this report has been provided by The Dean Witter Foundation) Dr. John Haskin with students. Photos courtesy of IslandWood


John Muir National Historic Site

John Muir is best known as America’s most famous naturalist and preservationist. But a visit to his historic home in Martinez, California, rewards visitors with the other fascinating dimensions of John Muir’s life. My guest on this report is Andy Marker, a volunteer at the John Muir National Historic Site. Entrance to John Muir National Historic Site (photo credit Jerry Kay)


The Nature Journal Club

Did you know that drawing can improve memory and brain functions, strengthen observation skills and enhance creativity? My guest on this report is John Muir Laws, founder and host of The Bay Area Nature Journal Club, a free, family-friendly, intergenerational community that connects with nature through art and field journaling. (Support for this report has been provided by The Dean Witter Foundation) John Muir Laws — Nature Stewardship Through Science, Education and Art The Nature Journal...


Ocean Ambassadors

Bay Area middle school students and their teachers can learn about marine science from a state-of-the-art research and working animal hospital. My guest is Sara Weisberg, Ocean Ambassadors educator at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. The Marine Mammal Center Ocean Ambassadors Middle School Program Front façade view of The Marine Mammal Center located in the Marin Headlands (photo credit © David Wakely)


Blu Homes Factory Tour

You’ll feel like you are in a time machine on this factory tour. Not only will you stroll inside a restored 1930s factory, you’ll see how a Blu Home is built from start to finish. My guests are Blu Homes’ Robin Schick, Marketing Art Director, and Stephanie Nixon, Visual Designer. Blu Homes Visit the Breeze House Discover Mare Island Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve Jerry Kay interviewing Stephanie Nixon (l) and Robin Schick (r)


Straus Home Ranch Farm Tours

Meet brother-sister team Michael and Vivien Straus who are excited about their new walking tours through the fields at the Straus Home Ranch in West Marin, sharing stories about Marin’s history in dairy farming, organic agriculture and environmental conservation followed by a samples of local, artisan cheeses. Straus Home Ranch Farm Tours Explore the Cheese Trail of Sonoma & Marin Straus Home Ranch (photo credit Straus Home Ranch)


Pepperwood Preserve

We recently sat down with Sandi Funke, the Education Director at Pepperwood Preserve in Sonoma County, to learn about one of their environmental education programs: SCENIQ, “Students Conducting Environmental Inquiry.” This program empowers elementary school students to become scientists and practice discovery skills, learn to support their ideas with evidence, and gain knowledge of our local environment. Here is our report along with some images provided by Pepperwood Preserve. (Support...


Ocean Explorers

Explore. Discover. Protect. That’s the mission of MARE, Marine Applied Research & Exploration. We recently met with their Executive Director Dirk Rosen and Operations Engineer Rick Botman to learn what MARE’s ocean exploration is all about. Here is our report along with some images provided by MARE. (Support for this report has been provided by The Dean Witter Foundation.) Rick Botman, Dirk Rosen, Jerry Kay at MARE office in Pt. Richmond, CA « ‹ 1 of 8 › »



Meet Bruce Kalman, Chef/Proprietor at Knead, a pasta bar + market located at the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. Knead is a neighborhood restaurant serving delicious food made with sustainably and locally grown ingredients from a very hospitable staff. I fell in love with this place!