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Featured Courses

California Bioresources Alliance Symposium
The ninth annual California Bioresources Alliance Symposium will be held June 3-4 at UC Davis and will feature the latest research in the field being done at UC Davis on organic residuals issues.

Advanced GIS: Productivity, Geoprocessing and Analysis
Through an in-depth analysis project, participants will work with a variety of geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS, learn better work routines and learn how to improve their workflow using ModelBuilder.

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.

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.

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.

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brochureLand Use and Natural Resources catalog (Spring 2014) pdf (1.8 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.

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 or call (530) 757-8878.