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American River Conservancy

American River Conservancy offers both UC California Naturalist and Climate Stewards Certifications. Scroll down to see information for both courses. 

UC Climate Stewards Certification

This September, American River Conservancy will be offering the UC Climate Stewards course. The UC Climate Stewards seeks to foster a committed corps of volunteers ready to effectively engage in transformative local solutions to promote community and ecosystem resilience in a changing climate. This ten week course will introduce you to social-emotional resilience and trauma-aware practices, climate change communication, climate science, and community resilience planning. The course will combine communication, engagement, and science curricula with guest presenters, field trips, and project-based learning to immerse you in the dynamics of your local community.  The UC Climate Stewards Handbook is included in the course fee. Classes will be held via Zoom on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30 pm and there will be three, in-person, Saturday field trips.  Field trips and final syllabus will be available after guest speakers have been confirmed.  REGISTRATION BEGINS JUNE 1st! 

Dates: 9/1/2022 - 11/3/2022

Fees: $380

Delivery Mode: Online with in-person field trips

Contact: Please contact Cathy Mueller at (530) 621-1224 or cathy@arconservancy.org for more information and to inquire about the limited number of need-based scholarships.

Course Website & Registration

Miscellaneous: Click here for a DRAFT syllabus. Syllabus is subject to change. Check website for current information


UC California Naturalist Certification

If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! 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 the Sierra Foothills. Evening classes will be held at the American River Nature Center in Coloma and field days will be held at American River Conservancy property near Coloma, Pilot Hill and in the Upper Cosumnes River watershed.  Geared towards adults ages 18+. Local guest experts will attend classroom sessions and field trips. Students must purchase The California Naturalist Handbook (2013, UC Press). Four UC academic credits available from UC Davis Extension upon course completion for an additional fee of $85. 

Dates: Spring 2023

Registration: TBD

Contact: Please contact Cathy Mueller at (530) 621-1224 or cathy@arconservancy.org for more information and to inquire about the limited number of need-based scholarships.

Organization Information:

For more than 25 years, the American River Conservancy (ARC) has been preserving rivers and land for life. As a non-profit community organization in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, we work to preserve natural areas and cultural resources and build an enduring ethic of care, building a sustainable future for humans in harmony with nature. 

We purchase or accept land and conservation easements from willing landowners and actively partner with governmental agencies, private donors, and foundations to acquire funding and to transfer these lands into the public domain. We build an enduring ethic of care by providing environmental education and outdoor recreation for adults and children alike, and by promoting habitat restoration, trail building, and maintenance projects with volunteers.