Inaugural UC Climate Stewards Course w/ Sonoma Ecology Center

  • Jan 29, 2022 9:00 AM - Mar 12, 2022 1:00 PM
  • Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

    2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, California, 95452

Ticket Price $489.00 Register Now
Description

Overview  

As one of 9 pilot programs across the state, the 7-week UC Climate Stewards  Course seeks to foster a committed corps of volunteers ready to effectively engage in transformative local solutions to promote community and ecosystem resilience in a changing climate. The UC Climate Stewards course will introduce you to social-emotional learning and trauma-aware practices, climate change communication, climate science, and community resilience planning.    

This UC Climate Stewards Course will integrate locally relevant themes of fire, water, and inclusion. Through guest speakers, field activities, and participatory science we will learn about and discuss principles and practices towards increasing community and ecosystem resilience to fire drought, and floods.    

Course meetings will be on a weekly basis, every Saturday at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park from 9:00-1:00 pm, Jan 29 - Mar 12, 2022

 

Instructors

•Dr. Dan Levitis, Lead Instructor

drdan@sonomaecologycenter.org

207-440-0062

•Tony Passantino, Education Lead

tony@sonomaecologycenter.org

Cali Pearce, Teaching Assistant

cali@sonomaecologycenter.org

Course Start & End

Jan 29 - Mar 12, 2022

Seven Consecutive Saturdays 

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM including field activities

Climate Stewards Website

calnat.ucanr.edu/cs

Course Location

Robert Ferguson Observatory

@

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

2605 Adobe Canyon Rd

Kenwood CA

Directions to RFO

Hwy 12 to Kenwood. Take Adobe Canyon Rd north, go all the way to the end. More detail at:

https://rfo.org/index.php/about-us/directions-to-rfo/

Overview 

The UC Climate Stewards seeks to foster a committed corps of volunteers ready to effectively engage in transformative local solutions to promote community and ecosystem resilience in a changing climate. The UC Climate Stewards course will introduce you to social-emotional learning and trauma-aware practices, climate change communication, climate science, and community resilience planning. 

This UC Climate Stewards Course will integrate locally relevant themes of fire, water and inclusion. Through guest speakers, field activities, and participatory science we will learn about and discuss principles and practices towards increasing community and ecosystem resilience to fire, drought, and floods. 

Learning Outcomes

 

• Increase access to up-to-date and locally relevant climate science to improve climate literacy

• Improve participants’ self-efficacy and agency by fostering climate change communications skills development, civic engagement, and local conservation and community action 

• Establish an inclusive community of practice focused on stewardship, communication, and community solutions to advance resilience

• Build statewide support and capacity to effectively advance state and local climate goals 

Course Requirements 

  • Contact Time: Each UC Climate Stewards course consists of a minimum of 40 educational hours (online, classroom, and field time), which includes a minimum of 12 hours in the field. 
  • Required Reading and Online Work: Read the entire UC Climate Stewards Handbook, complete six (6) online course modules, and complete all assigned homework. 
  • Class Attendance and Field Activities: Participants must attend all classes and engage in a minimum of 3 field activities. If one class meeting is missed, the participant will be expected to complete make-up activities on their own time at the direction of the instructor. 
  • Capstone Project: Participants are required to complete a Capstone Project in one of six areas: Community Resilience and Adaptation, Environmental and Climate Justice, Conservation/Restoration (Stewardship), Participatory Science, Education/Interpretation, or Program Support. The Capstone Project provides an opportunity for participants to integrate their own personal interests with the in-class material toward the development of an applied work project done in conjunction with a community organization. Participants must get pre-approval for Capstone Projects in the first three weeks of the course. Participants are encouraged to work in teams when appropriate. Participants will deliver an individual or group capstone presentation (5 minutes long per person) on graduation day. Participants are expected to spend a minimum of 8 hours on the capstone project and will add hours spent on the Capstone Project into the volunteer portal. 
  • Class Participatory Science Project: Each participant must contribute to the participatory science project adopted by the class.  
  • Evaluation: Completion of the online post-course evaluation survey is critical for the ongoing success and improvement of the course. You will be provided with a link to the evaluation survey toward the end of the course.
  • Volunteering and Volunteer Portal (VMS): Participants will be provided with an online account to track their volunteer hours, including hours spent on their Capstone Project. Tracking volunteer hours is an essential way to prove the need and impact of the UC Climate Stewards Initiative. 

Required Text: Climate Stewardship: Collective Action Across California, Brendan Buhler, and Adina Merenlender. 

Date & Time

Jan 29, 2022 9:00 AM - Mar 12, 2022 1:00 PM

Venue Details

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, California, 95452

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Events Sonoma Ecology Center

Visit our website www.sonomaecologycenter.org

Sonoma Ecology Center works to address challenges related to water supply and quality, open space, rural character, biodiversity, energy, climate change, and a better quality of life for all residents.

Since 1990, we’ve worked to increase appreciation and stewardship of Sonoma Valley’s natural heritage and create measurable benefits in areas of land, water, climate change, and biodiversity.

Vision

We envision a future where people, land, water, and wildlife thrive.

Mission

Our mission is to work with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley.