The Coasts of California, with Obi Kaufmann

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“Optimism is, by my working definition, the process of engaging the facts with eyes wide open.”

—Obi Kaufmann

Artist, writer, naturalist, and Bay Area native Obi Kaufmann returns to Marin Art and Garden Center this spring to mark the release of the latest book in his exploration of our natural state, The Coasts of California. Join us for a journey along the cliffs and beaches with the author, whose work is a full immersion into the astonishingly varied natural worlds that hug California’s shoreline. We’ll follow the book through the rhythms of the tides, the lives of sea creatures, the shifting of rocks and sand, and the special habitats found on California’s islands—a wealth of knowledge for any coast-lover.

This free event requires advance registration; wear layers and bring a cushion to most comfortably enjoy our rustic outdoor Amphitheater setting.

Light refreshments will be served, and a book sale and signing will follow the talk.

Read about Obi and his new book in the Press Democrat!

Check out the next event in the Conservation Series: Garden Allies with Frédérique Lavoipierre on May 5.


Apr 29 2022


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Questions? email or call 415-455-5260


Redwood Amphitheater
Marin Art and Garden Center


  • Obi Kaufmann
    Obi Kaufmann

    An avid conservationist and intrepid explorer of California ecology and the natural world, Obi Kaufmann is a native Californian, based in Oakland. Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. His first book, The California Field Atlas (Heyday/2017) became a #1 San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller and was awarded the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco’s Gold Medal for Significant Contribution to Publishing, and the 2018 Book of the Year by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

    Kaufmann’s second book, The State of Water: Understanding California’s
    Most Precious Resource (Heyday/2019), examined the Golden State’s most complex and controversial resource: water.

    Kaufmann presents his work and vision of ecological preservation and restoration to environmental centers and groups across the state, including the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Mojave Desert Land Trust, The Anza Borrego Foundation, The Mono Lake Committee, Peninsula Open Space Trust, The California Native Plant Society, The Wilderness Society, and The National Audubon Society.

    Kaufmann’s artistry, research, and reverence for the natural world have been covered such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sunset Magazine, Alta Magazine, Entropy, and Western Art and Architecture. Kaufmann will be featured in an upcoming episode of OpenRoad with Doug McConnell on location in Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California for NBC Bay Area this fall. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at home in Oakland.

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