California Naturalist
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University of California
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Sierra Streams Institute

Sierra Streams Institute is a watershed monitoring, research, and restoration group based in Nevada City, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Their mission is to promote community stewardship and scientific knowledge of watersheds through monitoring, research, restoration, and education.

Students in the Sierra Steams Institute California Naturalist Program will become part of a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists, equipped with the skills needed to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, restoration and education. The ten week course combines science instruction with guest speakers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the northern Sierra foothills. The course will cover basic ecology and watershed concepts with opportunities for bird watching, sketching, journaling and photography. The program culminates in a capstone project, a chance for each student to explore a chosen topic in depth. To help guide the development of the capstone project, students will be matched to a local environmental organization working in their area of interest.

The certification classes will be held at Sierra Streams Institute in Nevada City one weekday evening a week, with four Saturday field trips. Four academic credits are available from UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee upon completion of the course requirements.

2018 Certification Course Dates: TBA

View the Sierra Streams Institute CalNat website for more information.

Fall 2017 Advanced Training Opportunity

This watershed ecology short course will focus on Chinook salmon and steelhead and their unique contributions to our local ecosystems. Field trips include SYRCL - The South Yuba River Citizens League Salmon Tour experience where participants will raft down the lower Yuba River, with raft guides from Environmental Traveling Companions, to experience all of the salmon spawning action firsthand. In addition, UC Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center will provide an opportunity for a walking tour of an actual salmon and steelhead spawning restoration site with local experts that take you through the on-the-ground efforts being put forth to conserve our last remaining anadramous fish.

Register & more info about the advanced training here.

For more information, please contact: Sol Henson, (530)265-6090.

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