The State of Nature with Obi Kaufmann


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Artist, author, conservationist and philosopher Obi Kaufmann returns to Marin Art and Garden Center on Sunday, July 18. Join us in the newly renovated and delightfully rustic Redwood Amphitheater, under the trees where we will host Obi’s talk on “The State of Nature.”

I am very comfortable with the word justice and the idea of its varied application to a number of unfolding crises in California, our nation, and the biosphere. Justice, as it is applied to every aspect of human society, is the unifying measure of that society’s functional agency towards prosperity and stability and away from war and fragmentation. I am also very comfortable with the philosophical defense of biodiversity, as a measure of ecological integrity, to be the single most important determining metric in the success or failure of the state-system pushing forward to the twenty-second century.

—Obi Kaufmann

Obi will sign copies of his books, which will be for sale through The Shop, as we celebrate the reopening of this wonderful outdoor event space together.

This event is free of charge! Registration is required as we will be limiting attendance to ensure the comfort and safety of all guests.




Jul 18 2021


11:00 am - 1:00 pm


  • 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.