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American River Conservancy

Course Descriptions

American River Conservancy is offering the Climate Stewards certification course and the California Naturalist certification course in El Dorado County.

UC Climate Stewards Certification

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. 

Dates: TBA

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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. The course will include three in person field trips.

Dates: March 13 - May 22, 2024

Fees: $425 (Early bird registration, Jan 3- Feb 17), $455 (After Feb 17)

Delivery Mode: Hybrid

Contact: Nic Russo, nic@ARConservancy.org 

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*Registration begins January 2024*


Organization Description: 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.