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Wallace Stegner Environmental Center - 5th Floor


100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States



The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center aspires to build understanding and critical thinking on the human relationship to, and stewardship of, the environment . Expand your knowledge with our book collection and public programs.

The Center is named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wallace Stegner and houses a display of books from Stegner's personal library.

Food For Thought


Upcoming Programs



In-person program: Planet Drum 50th anniversary program

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For 50 years Planet Drum Foundation has been helping activists define and recognize their life-places to begin living in harmony with the Earth. As a voice for bioregional sustainability, education and culture, Planet Drum Foundation explores bioregions using art, poetry, manifestos, humor, theater, and publications. Also, starting in September there will be a rotating display of Planet Drum art bundles in the Environmental Center.

Saturday, October 14, 2023. 3-5pm. Main Library's lower level Koret Auditorium. Click for more info.


In-person program: Brook Thompson (Yurok and Karuk) on Traditional Ecological Knowledge

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Brook Thompson speaks on her top 10 books on Traditional Ecological Knowledge. The books range from titles aimed at children, teens and adults.

Brook Thompson is a PhD Student at UC Santa Cruz in the Environmental Studies program. Thompson’s Ph.D. is focused on how Indigenous Knowledge can be better implemented to into California water policy, Spring vs fall Chinook Salmon nutrition in the Klamath River, and how non-tribal organizations can better work with tribes on restoration projects. Thompson’s goal is to bring together water rights and Native American knowledge through engineering, public policy, and social action.

Tuesday, November 11, 2023. 5:30-6:30. 5th Floor Environmental Center. Click for full calendar entry.


Community Partner Spotlight: Jamie Chan interview

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I am a fourth generation San Franciscan, and I [...] always had a fascination with plants. I became a research biologist and a STEM teacher educator at San Francisco State University. There I realized that the connection to plants, wellness and climate advocacy had deep connections. [read the full interview]

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