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UC Hopland Research & Extension Center

The Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) in partnership with UC Cooperative Extension Mendocino County is offering the new UC Climate Stewards certification course and the California Naturalist certification course in Mendocino County. 

UC Climate Stewards certification course

Participants in this course will learn how climate is changing both our natural and social systems, and what they can do to improve ecosystem and community resilience. The UC Climate Stewards 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. Our hybrid of class discussions (online and in-person), self-paced online learning, and field-based activities will integrate locally relevant themes of fire, water and stewardship. Through guest speakers, independent field trips and activities we will learn about and discuss principles and practices towards increasing community and ecosystem resilience to fire, drought and floods.  

Dates: TBA 

Contact: Hannah Bird, hbird@ucanr.edu, 707-744-1424 x105

About the instructor: Jennifer Riddell, PhD (jenariddell@gmail.com) is a plant biologist focusing on biological monitoring of environmental health, including air quality and forest health; land use management support; and agro-ecology. Her background also includes policy for conservation and environmental sustainability. 

You can review the draft syllabus for Hopland Research and Extension Center’s UC Climate Stewards course here.

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UC California Naturalist certification course

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 inland Mendocino County. This course will cover basic ecology, watershed concepts, geology, wildlife, plants, and global environmental issues, as well as tools for collaborative conservation and communication. 

Dates: January 11 - March 15, 2023

Fees: $420 (includes certification, instruction, some materials, and facility costs). If you are unable to pay this amount due to low income or extenuating circumstances, please use HREC’s income guide and sliding scale to adjust your course cost. Minimum payment is $300. 

Delivery Mode: Hybrid

Contact: Hannah Bird, hbird@ucanr.edu, 707-744-1424 x105

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About the Instructor: Jennifer Riddell, PhD (jenariddell@gmail.com) is a plant biologist focusing on biological monitoring of environmental health, including air quality and forest health; land use management support; and agro-ecology. Her background also includes policy for conservation and environmental sustainability. 

You can review the draft syllabus for Hopland Research and Extension Center’s California Naturalist course here.

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Organization Description: The Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) is the University of California's principal field research facility for agriculture and natural resources in the North Coast region. A diversity of soils, plant and animal communities, and elevations makes HREC representative of many parts of the Coast Range in northwestern California. Celebrating their 60th anniversary during 2011, HREC stewards more than 5,300 acres of oak woodland, grassland, chaparral, and riparian environments. The HREC mission is through science to find better ways to manage our natural resources and conduct sustainable agricultural practices, for the benefit of California’s citizens. Field experiments and demonstrations conducted since 1951 have led to more than 1,400 publications in animal science, entomology, plant ecology, public health, watershed management, and wildlife biology.