UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station
Sagehen Creek Field Station & the Sagehen Experimental Forest are research and teaching facilities of the University of California at Berkeley's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Berkeley Natural History Museums & the U.C. Natural Reserve System. The Field Station was established in 1951 with the signing of a long-term special use permit with the USDA Forest Service. Today, this relationship includes the Tahoe National Forest which manages the land, & the Pacific Southwest Research Station, which created the Sagehen Experimental Forest in 2005.
California Naturalist training will introduce you to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage you in the stewardship of California’s natural communities. The courses will utilize a combination of science curriculum, guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to immerse you in the natural world of the Central Sierra.
Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and by working on a capstone project. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.
This is a residential, 6-Day class at Sagehen Creek Field Station. The station, a semi-remote outpost on Sagehen Creek north of Truckee, is surrounded by a nine-thousand acre experimental forest and serves as a thriving research hub for scientists and students. In addition to providing in-depth training in the ecology of the Sierras and California in general, this course offers a unique, intimate experience within the Sagehen Creek UC Natural Reserve not available to the general public.
The Sagehen-Lake Tahoe California Naturalist Program is a collaboration between UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station, the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Sugar Pine Foundation, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), UC Cooperative Extension and many other agencies and organizations within the region. We use a variety of approaches to present information and foster lively collaborative discussions about individual components of an ecosystem and the interconnections that make up the unified whole
Cost: $990. Includes station accommodations, meals, course instruction, graduation certificate, registration with California Naturalist and website support.