The Time for Environmental Action is NOW!

Class Schedule

This series is available to everyone, wherever you live. Each webinar will include recommended readings and multimedia review of the subject.

With the exception of 9/9, Classes will be on Wednesdays

Webinars and Advocacy Training 4:00 – 5:30 pm  

Field trips 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Upcoming Classes

September 22, 2021 — Muir Woods - Field Trip (only open to Forum 2021 participants)

Mia Monroe, Park Ranger, National Parks Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Walking the paths of Muir Woods with Mia Monroe can open your eyes to the biodiversity of this national treasure. She’ll help you to understand more fully this old growth forest with its big trees, diverse habitats, Coho salmon, and water flows. You’ll come away with a new appreciation for the beauty of this place as well as for the sensitivity of its habitats and the current and predicted impacts of climate change.

September 29, 2021 — Biodiversity on Land, at Sea, On Tam - Webinar (don't have time to attend the series? - join us for our 2nd Webinar on 9/29)

Sharon Farrell - Executive Vice President of Projects, Stewardship and Science, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Moderator 

Dan Gluesenkamp - President, California Institute for Biodiversity. Overview from the Plants’ Perspective

Adam Ratner - Associate Director of Conservation Education, Marine Mammal Center. Biodiversity in the Ocean

Lisette Arellano - Community Science Program Manager, One TAM. Community Science and Measuring the Health of Mount Tamalpais

Northern California is a global biodiversity hotspot. Protecting this large variety of plants, animals, and ecosystems is essential to the health of our environment — and ourselves! With loss of biodiversity threatening to amplify the effects of climate change, come hear how you can support local and statewide efforts to protect species and their habitats.  

October 13, 20, 27, and November 3, 2021 — Advocacy Training - (see details below. To attend the first three classes you must sign up for the Forum 2021 series or the Advocacy series.)

Advocacy training is a four-part series of interactive webinars that show you how to take your passion and create change. You’ll learn how to identify: what you need to knowwho you need to share that with, and how best to share that information and express your passion to help your community deal with the complex issues. Details below.

November 10, 2021 — Biodiversity and Water - Webinar

Speakers TBD 

The 2021 drought brings added urgency to the issues of the safety and availability of drinking water in Marin. Come learn about our current and potential sources for drinking water, the challenges of protecting drinking water quality, and the larger picture of actions being taken to protect drinking water throughout the Bay Area.


Advocacy Training (class size limited)

October 13, 2021 — Critical Thinking  - Interactive Webinar

Trevor Stevenson - Executive Coach for Social Change Leaders

We will start your training in advocacy with a discussion of facts because accurate, reliable facts are the basis of any effective advocacy campaign. Learn how to gather trustworthy information, identify when your biases are altering your perspective, and gain insight into potential opposing views.

October 20, 2021 — Persuasive Strategies  - Interactive Webinar

Trevor Stevenson 

Next we’ll take the information that we’ve gathered and create a message about the issue that will persuade listeners to take the action you’re recommending. We will talk about effective narrative structure and how values and emotion can affect your argument. 

October 27, 2021 — Advocacy Tactics  - Interactive Webinar

Trevor Stevenson 

Once we’ve created the message, we’ll learn how to use coalition building and power mapping. The first helps us to identify potential teammates while the second helps identify target people to receive the message and take action. We will discuss how best to share your message, what tactics are effective, and how to listen while you advocate.

November 3, 2021 — Persuasive Video - Interactive Webinar

Leah Faw, Doctoral Candidate, Education Policy, University of California at Berkeley

Video is today’s most persuasive medium and can take your carefully crafted message far and wide. Define who you are trying to reach and then learn how to select the appropriate social medium to match your strategic requirements. Please note that this is a content discussion, not video-making boot camp.

Completed Classes

September 9, 2021 — Biodiversity and Climate Change - Webinar (recording available contact

David Ackerly, Dean, Rausser College of Natural Resources 

Justin Robinson, Ethnobotanist

Mark Hertsgaard, Environmental Correspondent for the Nation

The climate crisis and biodiversity are so closely intertwined that you need to understand both before you can start the work of solving either one. Learn more about this vital interdependency. 

September 15, 2021 — Bothin Marsh - Field Trip (only open to Forum 2021 participants)

Rob LaPorte and Veronica Pearson, Project Manager, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Bothin Marsh in Richardson Bay is an accessible window to an important, diverse and sensitive habitat. Take a walk with Rob LaPorte along the Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Pathway, and you’ll see the marsh with fresh perspective, learning why it is important, how sea level rise threatens the marsh, issues taken up by the community, and ideas for maintenance and preservation efforts.


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