Master Class 46—Schedule

2019-2020 Schedule: most classes run from 8:30 to 3 pm

Education for Advocacy Through Lectures & Field Trips

Saturday 8-17-19  |  Preview Event & Final Registration

Saturday 9-7-19  |  Orientation Day

Tuesday 9-10-19  |  West Marin Agriculture & Mariculture (fees for this class are included in the MC 46 tuition)

Tuesday 9-24-19  |  Baylands and Plant Communities

Saturday  9-28-19  |  Geology, Water and Wildlife (Rodeo Beach)

Saturday 10-5-19  |  Marin’s Public Lands

Saturday 10-19-19  |  How Government Manages Climate Change

Saturday 11-2-19  |  Environmental Advocacy Strategies

Saturday 11-16-19  |  Advocacy Education

Tuesday 12-3-19  |  Advocacy Speech Presentations

Saturday 4-4-20  |  Project Presentations & Graduation

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For 46 years, the Environmental Forum of Marin’s highly acclaimed Master Class has been educating advocates for the natural environment. Over 1,000 students have graduated, many of whom have gone on to work for environmental protection in various fields. Whether elected officials or ordinary citizens, the Master Class encourages advocacy work among its students.

Therefore, another critical component of the Master Class is the design and completion of a Stewardship Project. The student(s) will select a topic of particular interest and design a goal-oriented project, either independently or as part of a team. Some of our past projects have inspired real change, such as the plastic bag ban in Marin County, the Marin Open Garden Project, and the "Deep Greening" of an additional 7 municipalities including the County of Marin.  

For more information on Projects, view the Student Project Presentations.

Participants in this landmark class will develop an understanding of the natural world and the impact of environmental change. They’ll learn what’s at stake for our ecosystems, and where critical protections are needed. Emphasis is placed on how citizens can participate with intelligence and confidence in the civic planning process, and  inspire people to take actions in support of the environment.

The only course in the county to offer a hands-on, comprehensive experience that includes both docent led field trips and high-level advocacy training, it brings a small class (25-30 people) together to absorb, engage, and get involved in the fascinating issues of climate change, habitat, and natural ecosystems. The Master Class will introduce climate change in a broad regional context, identifying the nexus between transportation, housing, sea level rise and how adaptation strategies can preserve our local ecosystems.

An Exceptional Experience

Every meeting is led by experts in their respective fields, offering history, insights, and critical detail about the subject matter of that day. The dedication and caliber of our presenters and their willingness to dialogue with students creates a wonderful learning experience. Students learn: the historical efforts made to protect our open spaces; how our ecological systems have evolved; and to identify meaningful and effective strategies for environmental advocacy.

Field excursions expose Master Class students to leaders in Marin’s agricultural history, such as Albert Strauss (founder of the first organic dairy in the country), Cowgirl Creamery, the owners of Hog Island Oyster Company and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). Classes will visit the Tomales Bay watershed, and learn the importance of our wetlands and uplands, major defenders against rising tides and providers of critical habitat for our plant communities.

Communication and Advocacy Skills are also highlighted, in order to prepare participants to speak publicly with confidence and grace, stepping up to the podium defending his/her ideas, for preservation of our environment.  

Environmental Forum of Marin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and a United Way of the Bay Area Certified Agency.

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