Master Class 47— tentative schedule

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Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, classes in the fall and winter of 2020-2021 will be conducted virtually via Zoom

      Introduction to Climate Change in Marin County 

Saturday 9-12-20  |  Orientation and Climate Change Overview  

Tuesday 9-29-20  |  Ecology and Management of Marin's Natural Resources

Saturday 10-3-20 |  Rising Shorelines and the Benefits of Nature Based Adaptation Strategies 

Tuesday 10-17-20 | What is the Role of Local Government?

Tuesday 10-20-20 | Introduction to Advocacy & Critical Thinking - Part 1     

Tuesday 10-27-20 | Critical Thinking - Part 2

Saturday 11-14-20 Persuasive Environmental Advocacy Strategies

       Effective Communications (class run from 10 am to 2 pm)

Tuesday 1-26- 2021  |  "Frame" Your Message for Quick Connection and Impact: Write so they will read it and pass it on!

Tuesday 2-2- 2021  |  Make Social Media Work for You- Why Speaking out Publicly Matters

Tuesday 2-9-2021 |  Advocacy Speech Preparation & Delivery- Part 1

Tuesday 2-23-2021 | Advocacy Speech Delivery - Part 2 


Master Class includes ongoing mentored project support and admission to EFM Community Education Events

May 2021 |  EFM Annual Meeting and Project Presentations


          Field Trips (tentative)

April 2021 | West Marin: Commerce and Climate Change Impacts 

April 21, 2021Redwoods and Fire (including field trip to Muir Woods)

The Master Class   Sign up now

For 47 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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