California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

UCCE, Hopland Research & Extension Center

Overview: The Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) in partnership with UC Cooperative Extension Mendocino County, is offering the 2017 California Naturalist certificate class in Mendocino County. 

The UC Hopland Research & Extension Center is a multi-disciplinary research and education facility in California’s north coast region. 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 2017 syllabus and class schedule here.

Spring 2017 Course Dates: The class runs from March 14th to May 20th, with 9 Tuesday evening (6-8:30pm) lectures, and 5 field trip days. Evening classes meet at the UC Cooperative Extension Office in Ukiah, unless otherwise noted. Saturday field trips meet at HREC (carpools from outlying areas may be arranged) and will run from 8:30am-2:30 pm March 25, April 1, April 22, and May 20 (graduation: families & alum invited), with one overnight May 6-7 Saturday 9am-2pm Sunday. Participants must attend all evening classes. Only one evening class session can be missed to complete the certificate. One field trip can be missed without make-up work. 

Download the 2017 syllabus and class schedule (pdf)

Download the 2017 class flier (pdf)

Registration and course costs: Register hereCourse fee is $395. We recommend early registration as the last four spring courses filled completely a month before the start of class. Full refunds, minus a $50 processing fee, permitted until February 28th. Four UC academic credits are available from UC Davis Extension upon course completion for an additional fee of $85. PLEASE NOTE that if we fall short of 20 registered participants we will have to cancel with full refund.

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.

Scholarships: the scholarship application deadline has passed.

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. 

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