Hero Image

UC Hopland Research & Extension Center

Overview: 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 certificate course in Mendocino County. 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 60thanniversary 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.

UC Climate Stewards certification course

UC California Naturalist certification course

UC Climate Stewards certification course

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

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.  

In-person class discussion meetings and field days will incorporate COVID-19 safety protocols.

The 10-week course schedule takes place through: 

  • 9 Class Sessions run from 6pm-8pm on Wednesday evenings, scheduled for 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 2022. All classes are online, except the 1/5 date, which will be in person.
  • 3 Field Trips are scheduled for January 22, February 12 and February 26, 2022. Participation in field trips is required. The first two field trips will be conducted together as a class, the last field trip will be conducted individually.
  • Graduation Day, Saturday, March 5, from 9am-1pm: sharing capstone projects and celebrating your certification, in person.

Appropriate COVID precautions will be taken for any in person activities.

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

Access to internet is required, including a connected computer or phone and an email account for communication and online course materials. Please notify the instructor immediately if you do not have an e-mail account.

Cost: Registration is $400 per person(includes certification, instruction, some materials, and facility costs). If you are unable to pay $400 due to low income or extenuating circumstances, please use our income guide and sliding scale to adjust your course cost. Minimum payment is $200.

Course Instructor: Jennifer Riddell, PhD 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. 

Registration and more information here. 

Questions? Please contact coordinator Hannah Bird at 707-744-1424 x105

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. 

Course Instructor: Jennifer Riddell, PhD 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. 

Upcoming courses: 2022 public course to be announced (December 2021 course is a private California Conservation Corps offering)

Questions? Please contact coordinator Hannah Bird at 707-744-1424 x105