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UC Hopland Research & Extension Center

Overview: The Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) in partnership with UC Cooperative Extension Mendocino County, is offering the California Naturalist certificate class in Mendocino County. 

The Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) is the University of California's principal field research facility for agriculture and natural resources in the North Coast region. A diversity of soils, plant and animal communities, and elevations makes HREC representative of many parts of the Coast Range in northwestern California. Celebrating their 60thanniversary during 2011, HREC stewards more than 5,300 acres of oak woodland, grassland, chaparral, and riparian environments. The HREC mission is through science to find better ways to manage our natural resources and conduct sustainable agricultural practices, for the benefit of California’s citizens. Field experiments and demonstrations conducted since 1951 have led to more than 1,400 publications in animal science, entomology, plant ecology, public health, watershed management, and wildlife biology.

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 inland Mendocino County. This course will cover basic ecology, watershed concepts, geology, wildlife, plants, and global environmental issues, as well as tools for collaborative conservation and communication. Download the DRAFT 2019 syllabus and class schedule here.

Text: Students must purchase the course text: The California Naturalist Handbook (2013 UC Press) available online or in limited quantity at the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah.

Course Instructor: Jennifer Riddell, PhD is a plant biologist focusing on biological monitoring of environmental health, including air quality and forest health; land use management support; and agro-ecology. Her background also includes policy for conservation and environmental sustainability. 

2021 Course Schedule TBA

Questions? Please contact coordinator Hannah Bird at 707-744-1424 x105