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Featured Courses

GIS for Watershed Analysis: Beginning
This course provides an overview of how real-world environmental data are used in applied decision making. Lectures and hands-on projects will be based on existing problems in water management and watershed science and will use ArcGIS 10 to explore basic GIS techniques of watershed analysis.

Introduction to Fall Birds of Northern California
Discover the fascinating natural history and ecology of Northern California’s birds and learn to identify birds in the wild.

Writing for Planners, Engineers and Policymakers
Discover how to increase conciseness and clarity of technical documents by learning skills related to audience needs, document organization, paragraph development and powerful sentences. Acquire practical skills that you can use immediately to prepare high-quality documents.

Overview of Environmental Statistics
Designed for those who need to use or understand statistics, but have not recently taken a statistics course, this refresher provides an overview of basic statistics with applications relevant to environmental issues.

Special Assessment Districts: New Approaches for Achieving Successful Outcomes
The state of uncertainty that currently surrounds special assessment districts (ADs) in California has led to a decline in the use of this tool to pay for public maintenance and capital improvement projects. This seminar considers the implications of the court’s actions, how practicing assessment engineers and other public finance professionals have responded, and the opportunities to use assessment districts in the future to fund and finance public infrastructure.

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Building a Career as an Environmental Planning Professional
This two-day workshop provides an overview of knowledge and skills important to a successful career in various fields of environmental planning in both the public and private sectors.

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.


Announcements

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.

Videos

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 and will be released every second Tuesday during the summer.


UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester

Check out UC Davis' cool biodigester. For a tour, register for the upcoming CBA Symposium.


Sustainable Design Blog

Follow UC Davis Extension’s Jeff Loux and his Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe students as they study abroad this summer.

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 (Summer 2014) pdf (943 KB)





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.


Now accepting applications for Winter 2013

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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 and is available at the UC Davis Bookstore.


Michael Coleman, UC Davis Extension instructor and expert on local government finance, has a new 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 extension@ucdavis.edu or call (530) 757-8878.