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Climate Stewards Pepperwood Preserve course (Session 2)
Contact: Summer Swallow sswallow@pepperwoodpreserve.org
Sponsor: UC California Naturalist

Full course website: http://calnat.ucanr.edu/Take_a_class/Pepperwood/

Pepperwood Preserve is offering the UC Climate Stewards certification course. While the field component is focused at Pepperwood Preserve, the content applies to the natural history of Sonoma County and surrounds.

Pepperwood is a 3,200 acre nature preserve, and serves as a living laboratory to engage students, volunteers, and scientists in applied conservation. We have many different ecosystems to explore, including grasslands, vernal ponds, oak woodlands, mixed evergreen forests, and serpentine chaparral. As the headwaters to the Russian River, Pepperwood serves as a Watershed Sentinel Site dedicated to tracking ecosystem health over time by systematically monitoring things like weather, soil moisture, stream flow, and the diversity and vitality of local plant and animal populations.

2021 UC Climate Stewards Certification

Pepperwood is excited to offer a brand-new certification class, the UC Climate Stewards certification. Participants in this course will learn how climate is changing both our natural and social systems, and what they can do to improve ecosystem and community resilience. We will discuss the latest climate science, practice effectively communicating climate science, and participate in field-based activities to deepen our understanding of how fire and water are impacting our community within the context of climate change.

Through a hybrid of class discussions, self-paced online learning, and independent field-based activities, participants will become engaged and empowered to help increase community and ecosystem resilience now and for future generations. The class discussion meetings will be online via Zoom.

Sign up today to become a certified UC Climate Steward and a force for positive proactive change in your community!

Review the draft syllabus

2021 Course Dates (second session): This 7-week course meets once a week on Thursday evenings from April 1 to May 13 2021, 6pm-8pm 

  • 7 Online class sessions run from 6pm-8pm, scheduled for 4/1,4/8,4/15,4/22,4/29, 5/6, and 5/13, 2021.
  • 3 independent field trips. Participation in field trips is required and will take place within Sonoma County.
  • Online Graduation Day – Thursday, May 13: sharing capstone projects and celebrating your certification.

Register here

Cost: $350 general public. Discount applied for Pepperwood Members and Stewards.

Contacts: For questions about the Climate Stewards course itself, please contact Summer Swallow at sswallow@pepperwoodpreserve.org

For questions about registration, please contact Holland Gistelli at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org