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Sagehen Summer Speaker Series:
Returning in 2013!
Sagehen Creek Field Station & the Truckee River Watershed Council have lined up another roster of interesting summer speakers & topics this summer.
We pride ourselves on recruiting some of the top folks in the country to come and share their knowledge with the public. We'll post information on the speakers & topics as it becomes available.
Watch a video of one of the past presentations, including:
We will have trash receptacles
in the meeting area.
No pets beyond the main gate--no exceptions!
will have folks to assist you in parking; carpooling is a good thing!
Folks with special access needs are asked to contact
several days in advance so that we can make arrangements to accomodate
Directions to the
station are available here, or download a printable information sheet
Map and directions (286K). 11-30-02 Information Sheet (323K). 5-20-03
station opens to the public at 4:30pm (2:30 for field trips). We invite you to
come in and bring a picnic dinner. The talks begin at 6:00pm & run until around
Will return in 2013!
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Land Ethic Leadership Workshop
June 1-3, 2012
Learn to help your community think about complex and changing environmental issues and new ways to discuss our collective values and vision. The two-day Land Ethic Leaders program teaches community leaders from across the country how to lead reflective discussions using literature, film, and artwork to get people talking about the critical environmental issues of our time and, more deeply, the relationship between our human communities and what Leopold termed "the land community."
More information about the course.
Register for the course.
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California Naturalist Program
June 8 - August 10, 2012
"California Naturalist is a new program developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration.
Aspiring Naturalists enroll in a 40 hour course that combines classroom and field experience in science, problem-solving, communication training and community service. Students are taught by an instructor who is affiliated with a local nature-based center or natural resource focused agency.
Subjects covered include:
More information about the California Naturalist program.
Sagehen's California Naturalist project on iNaturalist.
- To promote environmental literacy and stewardship of California's natural resources
- To increase participation in resource conservation and citizen science projects throughout
- To develop a core constituency of committed and educated citizens willing and able to
participate in resource conservation, preservation, and restoration efforts
- To provide participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to educate
others and participate in many aspects of resource management, such as public education,
resource planning and public decision-making
- To provide the communication experience and critical thinking skills necessary to grow a
citizen base that supports environmental protection and sustainable growth in California
- To support partner organizations as they implement the program
Benefits to the Participant
- A new appreciation for and knowledge of California’s unique ecology and natural history
- Opportunities for personal and professional growth
- New skills for volunteer and professional enrichment
- Special knowledge of and access to local resources, ecology and natural areas
- Access to new venues for creative and hobby activities such as bird watching, sketching,
- Fellowship from other California Naturalist participants throughout the state
- The excitement of being part of the venerable tradition of naturalists throughout history
and an innovative new program for natural resource stewardship.
Registration & Fees
The course fee is $350. This includes the course instruction, PDF textbook, graduation certificate, registration with California Naturalist and website support. Download registration form here.
More info about the Sagehen course offering
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Youth Fishing Camp
June 15-17, 2012
"The California School of Fly Fishing and TU are going to proceed with the first of its kind overnight Youth Fishing Camp, scheduled for June 15-17th at the UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station. This event is made possible thanks to the strong support from Jeff Brown at the UC Field Station, Ralph and Lisa Cutter, Sagebrush Chapter of TU and Richard Anderson of California Fly Fisher. A huge thank you goes out to all of you." -- David Lass, Trout Unlimited
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iNaturalist Training Session
July 21, 2012
Sagehen Creek Field Station is hosting a free training session for iNaturalist on Saturday afternoon, July 21, from 1:30-3:30pm. We hope you can come.
iNaturalist is a great citizen science tool that allows anyone to post observations of plants and wildlife to their website using a smart phone app, or just a digital camera and internet. It is a powerful way for people who are out looking and taking pictures anyway to contribute to environmental science in their community.
There are similar websites, but iNaturalist has excellent support and is integrated with other major databases so our data won't be lost if they ever do go under. The site has powerful tools for research and education entities like Sagehen. We are basically turning over management of our basin species lists to them. This allows us to document our lists for the first time, automatically keep them up to date, make researcher data available, archive our own sighting data for easy access, and collect sighting and location data for future analysis. This alone is huge for us.
Using iNaturalist, we will also now be able to provide more services for the users of our lists; services like access to photos and downloadable CSVs for lists, sublists, sighting and location data. Members of the site development team will be conducting the training, so this is a great opportunity to ask questions and get deep answers about what else iNaturalist can do.
We need more people to use iNaturalist (and join the Sagehen Basin project)!
Please forward this to anyone else you know that may be interested, and we hope to see you there this weekend!
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Kidzone Family Camp
August 3-5, 2012
Hikes * Bugology * Fishology * Star Gazing * Watersheds * Camping * Friends * Arts * Yummy Food!
A Science Experience for the Whole Family!
Bring your family for the most unique science experience in the Sierra!
- Two nights of family camping fun
- Hands on science exploration
- Mini stream model
- Meet live snakes, insects, and mammals
- Identify plants of the Sierra
- Arts, crafts, music, great food
- PhD Teaching Staff
- Learn about active research at the UC Field Station
- Stream profile chamber
Dates: August 3rd-5th
Times: 3pm, Friday Night - Noon on Sunday
Ages: All family members welcome, teens can be camp interns
Cost: Includes overnight camping/cabin, science instruction and delicious meals for the entire family.
Due to the hands on nature of this camp, participation is limited. We recommend that you sign up early.
Can't stay the whole weekend? Come for the day!
We are offering a one day option for Saturday. You still get hands on science education programs, arts & crafts, evening music program and great food.
Proceeds benefit KidZone Museum, a non-profit children’s museum.
CALL TO RESERVE YOUR FAMILY’S SPOT: 530.587.KIDS(5437)
More information and registration.
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GEOMORPHIC AND ECOLOGICAL
FUNDAMENTALS FOR RIVER AND STREAM RESTORATION
August 13-17, 2012
Sagehen Creek Field Station near Lake Tahoe, California
Why take this course?
River restoration has become big business
in the US, with well over $17b spent on over 40 thousand projects since
1990. Despite strong public support and the magnitude of the investment,
the field has not advanced as quickly as one might expect, because learning
through post-project evaluation is rare, and insights from current research
are often not effectively incorporated in planning and design. River restoration can be more effective when it is designed with an understanding
of processes and the larger context, when it benefits from systematic learning
from previous built projects, and when it is based on predictive connections
between objectives and actions.
This shortcourse emphasizes sustainable
river restoration through:
- understanding geomorphic and ecological
processes in rivers
- watershed-scale and longer-time scale
- incorporating insights from recent
research in fluvial geomorphology and ecology
- developing predictive connections
between objectives and actions
- analyses of effectiveness of built
- strategies to restore (where possible)
physical and ecological processes in rivers
- setting goals in the context of a
continuum from urban-to-wilderness settings
- developing restoration strategies
and innovative management approaches based on understanding of underlying
causes of channel or ecosystem change, rather than prescriptive approaches
- knowing when to intervene and when
the river can heal itself without meddling
Photos from 2006 Summer Shortcourse
in Lake Tahoe, California:
Registration & More information:
See this link for more information & contacts.
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Sagehen Herbarium Plant Mounting and Collecting Days
September 15, 2012
June 16, 2012
Printable Sagehen Plant Lists and Plant Photo collection.
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Three Ways to Look at a Landscape
September 23, 2012
Bona Fide Books presents a day dedicated to the environment on Sunday, September 23 at Sagehen Creek Field Station with "Three Ways to Look at a Landscape", a benefit for youth literacy and leadership program Adventure Risk Challenge.
We’ll look at the mountain landscape through the lenses of the scientific method and the visual and literary arts and how they are complementary. Using interactive, hands-on, and creative methods, we’ll learn tree, plant, and wildlife identification keys and then translate that knowledge into artistic responses to the land.
More information and registration.
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Road Ecology Workshop
Cancelled--back for 2013.
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