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Groundwater Law and Hydrology
Acquire a working knowledge of groundwater law and hydrology, and discover new developments in case law, legislation and practice.
Also of interest: Check out another UC Davis hydrology course by visiting

Mitigation and Conservation Banking
Nov. 5: Wed., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Learn about the exciting new field of wetland mitigation banking and species conservation banking with an intensive one-day workshop on the legal, technical and financial aspects of habitat banking, which includes a tour of the award winning Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank.

Award-Winning Professional Education

UC Davis Extension's Land Use and Natural Resources program won the 2011 American Planning Association of California Distinguished Leadership Award at both the state and regional levels for sustained and significant contributions to the planning profession. Both the statewide award and the regional award recognize the program's commitment to excellence in urban, community, regional and environmental planning education for professionals.


Sierra Institute - Now at UC Davis Extension!

Sierra Institute

The Sierra Institute offers interdisciplinary environmental studies programs to undergaduates from around the country.
Click here to learn about the Sierra Institute.

Read about the Sierra Institute student experience here.


Slow the Flow

"Slow the Flow: Be a California Water Warrior"
This seven-part film series provides simple examples of practices individuals and communities can do to conserve water. The films were produced with assistance from UC Davis Extension’s Land Use and Natural Resources Program.

UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester

Check out UC Davis' cool biodigester.

Sustainable Design Blog

Learn more about the experiences of UC Davis Extension’s Jeff Loux and his Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe students during their study abroad.

California Naturalist Program

Earn credit with the UC-created California Naturalist Program, which combines classroom, assigned reading, and field-based exploration of California’s unique ecology. Learn more here.

Download a brochure

brochureLand Use and Natural Resources catalog (Fall 2014) pdf (1.2 MB)

In the News

UC Davis Extension’s Jeff Loux discusses sustainability following a 2009 visit to Germany with his summer abroad course in this ABC News article.

Students in Print

View the report Innovation Center Study prepared by Studio 30 grads for the City of Davis Innovation Task Force. Studio 30 provides lectures, training and real-world projects with actual clients—cities, counties, regional and state agencies and nonprofit organizations. A collaboration between the region’s professional and academic experts and top UC Davis graduate and upper-division students, each seminar focuses on community planning, design, development and sustainability.

Faculty in Print

Jeff Loux, Ph.D., chair of UC Davis Extension’s Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, has completed his second book, The Open Space and Land Conservation Handbook. This how-to guide offers practical solutions for protecting valuable natural resources and open space.

Michael Coleman, UC Davis Extension instructor and expert on local government finance, has a book out — Guide to Local Goverment Finance in California, published by Solano Press Books. The book is an essential resource for public agency managers and other staff who want to understand and improve California's complex system of local government finance.

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Earn Professional Credit

Many Land Use and Natural Resources courses offer professional continuing education credits for professional accreditations including AICP, MCLE and REHS. Check the course listings to see if the courses you’re interested are approved. Questions? Email or call (530) 757-8878.