11 episodes

Welcome to I’ll Go If You Go, a Save the Redwoods League podcast. Through conversations with Black, Indigenous, and POC who explore and work in the outdoors, we’re building community and illuminating how Californians from all walks of life experience nature and conservation, in the redwoods and beyond. In season 2, multimedia science journalist Emily Harwitz (she/her) meets up with folks doing fun, traditional, and nontraditional things in the redwoods—from mushroom foraging to skateboarding. Follow Save the Redwoods on Instagram @savetheredwoods. Music and sound by Nhu Nguyen and Anni Feng.

I’ll Go If You Go Save the Redwoods League

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    • 4.5 • 12 Ratings

Welcome to I’ll Go If You Go, a Save the Redwoods League podcast. Through conversations with Black, Indigenous, and POC who explore and work in the outdoors, we’re building community and illuminating how Californians from all walks of life experience nature and conservation, in the redwoods and beyond. In season 2, multimedia science journalist Emily Harwitz (she/her) meets up with folks doing fun, traditional, and nontraditional things in the redwoods—from mushroom foraging to skateboarding. Follow Save the Redwoods on Instagram @savetheredwoods. Music and sound by Nhu Nguyen and Anni Feng.

    "Skate slow and live"

    "Skate slow and live"

    Skateboarding in the redwoods might seem unconventional, but it’s a thing. The nonprofit Skate Like a Girl (SLAG) hosts a sleepaway skate camp for women, trans, and nonbinary skaters—in the middle of Sequoia National Forest. We skated with SLAG in Santa Cruz and from the skate park ventured into the Forest of Nisene Marks with squad members Sam Mercado, Jai Ledesma, and Kim Woozy to talk skateboarding, nature, and building inclusive community. Turns out skate culture has some things in common with the redwood forest. Both inspire joy, resilience, and a sense of belonging. Episode Transcript -->

    Visit skatelikeagirl.com to register for programs, including Women + Trans Skate Camp from August 8-12 or 15-19, 2022 (two sessions, registration opens May 7, 2022).

    Music by Wavebreaker.

    Follow Save the Redwoods League on Instagram @savetheredwoods


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    • 21 min
    Bird is the word

    Bird is the word

    Oakland’s Lake Merritt may be a few miles from the nearest redwood forest, but this tidal slough is not only a bustling community space for locals, unhoused neighbors, artists, musicians, and roller skaters — it’s also a whole wildlife refuge abundant with native and migratory birds. For would-be birders, it’s a gateway. We went birding (aka birdwatching) right here with naturalist and artist Clay Anderson. Turns out he practiced both passions working many seasons at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Listen and learn about what it takes to be a birder, nature journaling, and birds of the redwoods. 

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    Guest Bio:

    Clayton Anderson is a Naturalist working in the field of Environmental Education for the past 15 years. Enchanted by the natural world and its history since he was a boy, becoming a Naturalist was a dream come true. After graduating from San Jose State University, he landed his first job as a Naturalist with LoveLife Environmental Education Program. Since then, Clay has worked for several environmental concerns including California State Parks, East Bay Regional Parks and Alameda Resource Conservation District. He is currently works for Golden Gate Audubon Society as the Youth Program Manager. When he is not introducing the youth to the magic of nature, he enjoys birding and creating art. Whether speaking through a microphone or painting with a brush, Clay loves the work he does and is always looking to promote and educate others about the wonders of the natural world and its cycles.




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    • 25 min
    Nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend

    Nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend

    What is forest bathing, really? Originating as a mindfulness practice in Japan called shinrin-yoku, it involves activities that help heighten your senses to experience nature on another level and improve overall well being. It's a vibe. Certified forest bathing guide Juan Lazo Bautista takes us into the redwoods and explains this immersive nature experience, including a meditation, tools, and practices to help guide you on your journey. Hope you emerge from this episode like a happy little tree (shoutout to Bob Ross). Visit savetheredwoods.org/forest-bathing for a list of activities.

    About Juan Lazo Bautista

    Juan (he/him) currently resides with his family on Kizh/Tonga lands in what is today known as Tustin, CA. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has experience in labor organizing, youth empowerment, facilitation and immigrant rights work. He is proud to sit on the board of Defensores de la Cuenca (Watershed Defenders), a non-profit dedicated to helping the Latinx community connect with the natural world. Among his favorite things to do is catching last minute flights with friends, watching saturday soccer, bike riding, writing poetry and visiting his extended family in Oaxaca, Mexico.


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    • 25 min
    The fungus among us

    The fungus among us

    In the season 2 premiere, Leslie Parra passes the mic to new host Emily Harwitz as they venture into Wilder Ranch State Park to go mushroom foraging with Arthur Lee of Mazu Mushrooms. In the middle of a redwood fairy ring, they explore the fantastic world of fungi — from mushrooms’ animal-like qualities to the way they can restore lands and waterways through a process called myco-remediation to which ones can literally kill you. Listen and learn all about what makes mushrooms so magical. 

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    • 18 min
    Gear Up for Season 2!

    Gear Up for Season 2!

    I'll Go If You Go is back for its second season. Listen to this quick trailer for a preview of the outdoor adventures we'll take you on in 2022. Episode 1 drops Thursday, 1/27.


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    • 53 sec
    Come as you are (smells like team spirit)

    Come as you are (smells like team spirit)

    In the final episode of season 1, the podcast team tells stories from the redwood forest and about what the phrase “I’ll go if you go” really means—from psychedelic banana slugs to a ladybug bonanza to heartfelt tales about immigration and queerness. Featuring Dana Poblete, Marcos Castineiras, and Caleb Castle in conversation with Leslie Parra, the episode closes with a big reveal in time for Pride Month, followed by a riveting lightning round filled with karaoke songs and fun facts that speak to the many layers and intersecting identities of nature lovers and conservationists. Enjoy! 

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    • 28 min

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12 Ratings

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