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Course Description

The Council of Mexican Federations in North America (COFEM) in Coachella, and their partner CactusToCloud Institute, are proud to offer the UC California Naturalist Program in collaboration with UCR Palm Desert Center and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. Through their new Nuestro Desierto program, Coachella Valley residents will have a chance to earn a California Naturalist certification, college credits through UC Davis, learn more about the natural history of the desert, and become better advocates for their community!

Ideal applicants for the Nuestro Desierto Program are young adults ages that live in the Coachella Valley intending to pursue their education after high school, supplement college coursework, and/or seek early career development. Preference may be given to individuals ages 18-25, and individuals that are from low-income or mixed-immigration status households in and near the City of Coachella.

Dates: June 1 - September 14, 2024

Fees: Free

Delivery Mode: In-Person

Contact: Sendy Hernández Orellana Barrows at (760) 984-2724 or SBarrows@COFEM.org 

Course Website & Application

Organization Description: The Council of Mexican Federations in North America (COFEM) is a non-profit organization aimed at creating opportunities for Latino Immigrants in North America, with a special focus in California. They are a community-based umbrella organization established by a league of  federations or groups of people who share ideas and have continually participated in efforts to improve educational, health, social, and political conditions for our communities. 

COFEM has defined specific themes, priorities, and the needs of greatest impact and interest to the Latino immigrant community, including binational economic development, civic participation, education, health, and organizational development.