2018 Regional Rendezvous
Announcing the California Naturalist Program Sierra Bioregional Rendezvous on October 28, 2018! Registration is open! Submit a lightning talk! We'll meet at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City. We are excited to work with our partners at Sierra Streams Institute to offer a one day gathering for California Naturalists and interested friends. All are welcome. Naturalist updates, field walks with experts, plenary speakers, lunch, and a final gathering, book exchange and reception will all be included in this fun, packed day. We'll rendezvous in the Sierra foothills to feed our curiosity, inspire each other, and build community!
|•||Field Excursions & Workshops|
|•||Natural History Book/Information Exchange|
|•||Getting to the Rendezvous|
|•||About our Partner, Sierra Streams Institute|
|8:30-9:00||Registration and coffee|
|5:00-6:00||Closing reception, book exchange|
Registration is open! Here's the link. Be sure to check out your field excursion and workshop choices (link above) first! The California Naturalist program is committed to building an inclusive community. We are trying something new called equity pricing that we hope will serve the community better and allow us to recover the costs of holding this event. Be sure to register ASAP for early bird pricing and if you are low income or have extenuating circumstances- We have a limited number of subsidized tickets available. Early bird pricing expires October 12. After October 12 registration prices go up by $15.
Located in the county seat, Nevada City is approximately 60 miles from NE Sacramento and within a 90 minute drive of eight California Naturalist course partners. Want to carpool? Find or offer a ride here. The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is located at 325 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959. There is a large parking lot in the back of the building and parking on the street if that lot fills.
We have not booked a hotel block for the rendezvous, but we can recommend the Outside Inn, right in downtown Nevada City. Here's the Chamber of Commerce lodging site. For a more rustic experience, we recommend Woolman at Sierra Friends Center. They rent twelve A-frame 2-person cabins for $55, eight 6-person cabins for $85 and offer camping for $25 per car, all with bathhouse access. Want to share a cabin? Find cabin mates here. Located off a dirt road about 15 minutes from the Miners Foundry.
Sierra Streams Institute believes in putting the best practices of science to work on behalf of environmental and human health. They work directly with citizen scientists to collect water quality, benthic macroinvertebrate, algae, wildlife and physical habitat data. There are numerous benefits of working with citizen scientists including providing experiential learning to a diverse audience, fostering community members to be advocates for their own watershed, identifying streams in need of restoration, contributing baseline information to state and local agencies, and compiling longitudinal datasets necessary for establishing long-term trends for streams and for studying the effects of climate change.
Regional Rendezvous Questions? Please call or e-mail Brook Gamble (707) 744-1424 x108.
Thanks to California Naturalist Monique Wales (Sierra Nevada Immersion) of Red Tail Studios, for sharing her beautiful art for the Rendezvous flier.