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Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods

Course Descriptions

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is offering the 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: May 15 - July 24, 2024

Fees: $350 for non-members, $280 for members, $175 for active volunteers

Delivery Mode: Hybrid 

Contact: Cathy Johnson, cathyconnorjohnson@gmail.com 

Course Website & Registration


UC California Naturalist Certification

Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods 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 share how you can help steward California’s natural communities. Through the University of California Naturalist Program, participants become active members in a growing movement of conservation,  community science, and volunteer activism. 

Coastal Sonoma County’s unique ecosystem has been described as the place where Canada meets Mexico. Where temperate rainforest shakes hands with scrubby chaparral. This class integrates online lectures with in person field trips that explore towering redwood forests, oak woodlands, coastal prairie, and riparian forests. 

The California Naturalist Program combines science curriculum, journaling, guest lecturers, daily field study, hands-on experience, and local cultural knowledge to promote environmental literacy and stewardship.  Discovery and action will help build a better understanding of the places you call home. 

Dates: TBA

Contact: stewards@stewardscr.org, (707) 869-9177

Course Website


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.