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Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods

Course Descriptions

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is offering the new UC Climate Stewards certification course and the California Naturalist certification course in Sonoma County. 

UC Climate Stewards Certification

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods launched its first UC Climate Steward Certification course in August 2022 for adults interested in climate science, interpretation, and action. Climate Stewards is an exciting new Initiative from the University of California Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. In this program you will learn more about the science of climate change, how to communicate more effectively about this issue, and how to help your community adapt to climate challenges.

The extended 10-week course combines online classes with guest experts and three Saturday’s learning and experiencing climate-relevant sites in Sonoma County; and will complete online coursework and a final capstone project to receive your certification from the University of California. In this interactive course you will practice the skills you need to work with others on finding climate solutions.

Dates: August 16 - November 1, 2023

Fees: $570

Delivery Mode: Hybrid

Contact: Cathy Johnson, cathyconnorjohnson@gmail.com

Course Website & Registration


UC California Naturalist Certification

Stewards is pleased to host the UC California Naturalist Certification Program. This 9 week, 50+ hour class will introduce you to the wonders of the Sonoma Coast and engage you in the stewardship of California’s natural communities. Through the University of California Naturalist Program, participants become active members in a growing movement of conservation, citizen science, and volunteer activism. Our unique ecosystem offers a landscape where temperate rainforest meets Mediterranean chaparral.

Participants will explore the redwood forests, oak woodlands, and riparian habitats of California’s coastal mountains. Class lectures and field trips will venture from coastal ranges to the ocean, informing about coastal prairies, estuaries, and marine tidal zones.

This course combines science curriculum, journaling, guest lecturers, daily field study, off site trips, and local cultural knowledge. The California Naturalist Program promotes environmental literacy and stewardship through discovery and action.

Dates: TBA

Contact: Cathy Johnson, cathyconnorjohnson@gmail.com 

Course Website & Registration


Organization Information: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is a non-profit, environmental and interpretive organization that works in partnership with California State Parks in the Russian River District to support volunteer, education and stewardship programs.