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American River Conservancy

For more than 25 years, the American River Conservancy (ARC) has been preserving rivers and land for life. As a non-profit community organization in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, we work to preserve natural areas and cultural resources and build an enduring ethic of care, building a sustainable future for humans in harmony with nature. 

We purchase or accept land and conservation easements from willing landowners and actively partner with governmental agencies, private donors, and foundations to acquire funding and to transfer these lands into the public domain.
We build an enduring ethic of care by providing environmental education and outdoor recreation for adults and children alike, and by promoting habitat restoration, trail building, and maintenance projects with volunteers.

California Naturalist Certification Course 
If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! The 40 hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Sierra Foothills. Evening classes will be held at the American River Nature Center in Coloma and field days will be held at American River Conservancy property near Coloma, Pilot Hill and in the Upper Cosumnes River watershed.  Geared towards adults ages 18+. Local guest experts will attend classroom sessions and field trips. Students must purchase The California Naturalist Handbook (2013, UC Press). Four UC academic credits available from UC Davis Extension upon course completion for an additional fee of $85. 

Dates & Times: February 27 - May 14, 2020. More details TBA.

Registration: Registration not yet open. Check here for more information.

Please contact Dillon Brook at (530) 621-1224 or dillon@arconservancy.org for more information and to inquire about the limited number of need-based scholarships.