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Sierra Nevada Research Station

The Sierra Nevada Research Station reserve was established in 2006, within a larger research partnership between UC Merced, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park and the U.S. Geological Survey. The stations are intended as portals for research and teaching in the national parks and adjacent local national forest. IN 2009, SNRS — Yosemite was accepted into the UC Natural Reserve System as the 36th reserve. Located in the historic village of Wawona near the south entrance to Yosemite National Park, the station is nestled in an open old-growth pine forest along the South Fork of the Merced River and only five miles from the Giant Sequoia Grove. The station is ideally situated to support classroom and field studies in Yosemite and the adjacent Sierra National Forest.

This course is taught in partnership with the Yosemite Conservancy. The Yosemite Conservancy helps provide for Yosemite’s future. Their mission is to inspire people to support projects and programs that preserve and protect Yosemite National Park’s resources and enrich the visitor experience.

1-week Yosemite Immersion Course: Includes cabin accommodations; all lunches, five dinners and graduation brunch; classroom instruction and field sessions; graduation certificate, lapel pin, registration with California Naturalist and website support. 

2017 Course dates: TBA. If you would like to be put on the email list to receive information about 2017 courses and when the application period opens, please contact Anne Kelly.

Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.

Course Textbook and Other Required Materials:

Students need to purchase a nature journal. The course text: The California Naturalist Handbook is included in the course fee. 

Contact: Anne Kelly, Station Director or Pete Devine, Resident Naturalist, Yosemite Conservancy, (209) 379-2646, ext. 12

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