Conservation Solutions ENVR 102, Fall 2018

Hello!  There will be a new course Fall 2018 that you may be interested in.

Conservation Solutions (ENVR 102) will be an interdisciplinary course in which students will develop and implement a project–based curriculum module for high school students at the Dawson Los Monos Canyon Reserve (  Dawson is a chaparral and oak woodland habitat with a permanent stream, an island of natural habitat amidst the urban sprawl of Vista, CA.  In the first weeks of the course students will be introduced to the natural and human history and natural resource management challenges of this nature preserve.  Students will build on their knowledge through their own research and this may include exploring the reserve, reading literature, and interviewing local experts.  Finally, ENVR 102 students will develop media to introduce neighboring high school students to the reserve, and will guide those students at Dawson through the curriculum module we have developed.

The course will meet Wednesdays, 12 – 2:50 PM.

It will be open to all majors.  ENVR 102 fulfills an upper-division elective for the Environmental Science minor and the Urban Studies & Planning major (Urban Regional Policy & Planning; Urban Design/Built Environment)

Questions? Contact Dr. H. Henter

ENVR102 fall 2018


Collecting Location-Based Field Data with Mobile Devices: Survey123


Workshop:  Collecting Location-Based Field Data with Mobile Devices:  Survey123

Date:  Thursday, May 24 (5/24)

Time:  2pm – 3:30pm 

Location:  UC San Diego Library, Geisel Classroom 2


If data collection in the field is an important part of your research, this workshop will look at using the tool Survey123 to make data collection and the post-processing of that data more efficient. Survey123 is a customizable form-centric data gather solution for creating, collecting and analyzing your data in GIS. The power of Survey123 is that in addition to capturing the variables important for your research, it will also collect the location. Survey123 is deployable on mobile devices and will work in environments where there is no WiFi or a cellular network. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary. Survey123 is available to all UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff through the University of California’s Esri ArcGIS license.


Please register


For questions, please contact the event coordinator, Amy Work, via email.

PostSecret Live! with Frank Warren

Event: PostSecret Live! with Frank Warren

DateThursday, May 10 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Location: UCSD – Price Center West Ballroom

Description: Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret, brings his world-famous community art project and blog to life with an interactive talk about the transformative power of secrets and his exhibit at the Museum of Man. In this presentation, you’ll learn about the inspiration and history behind the PostSecret project, ask Frank your questions, listen to others share their secrets or step up and tell yours, find out about the PostSecret exhibit, and more!

Tickets include: Frank’s presentation, Q&A, your own PostSecret postcard to take home, create, and mail in, and a book signing.

Ticket prices: $15 for students and Museum Members | $20 for E-Club Members

Ticket link

Volunteer Opportunity

The UC San Diego Community Service Transportation Ambassadors will be hosting an event this Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Yalla San Diego from 11:00am to 1:30pm. They have partnered with Yalla’s College Bound program staff to give high school students an opportunity to discuss life as a student at UCSD and expectations for students in various majors.

If you are interested in volunteering with CST Service Ambassadors from 11am-1:30pm to give advice & inspire high school students – Sign Up here: CLICK HERE

Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana

The Wild Rockies Field Institute is offering the following class this summer:

Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana

Dates: June 21- July 18, 2018

Cost: $3,950

Course listing:

Environmental Studies 395: Field Studies of Climate Change in Montana (3 credits)

Natural Resource Science & Management 321: Field Studies of Energy Systems in Montana (3 credits)

Apply Here!


**WRFI now owns a fleet of touring bikes and associated bike touring gear available for rent! 


Students on this course will explore Montana by bicycle while studying the ecological, social, and economic issues associated with energy production and use. We will traverse rolling plains and beautiful mountains, enjoying the changing landscapes and meeting with people deeply involved in energy and climate issues. Traveling by bicycle will give us a unique perspective and an appropriate pace for examining the past, present and future of energy and climate change in the West.

Montana offers prime examples of current energy production facilities, from traditional fossil fuel energy sites to exciting alternative technologies for producing power. Our route begins in eastern Montana at oil refineries and a coal-fired power plant in the industrial core of Billings. Then we will pedal north and west through grasslands and island mountain ranges on the central plains, visiting energy-efficient buildings and production sites for biofuels, and wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power along the way.

After meetings with energy and climate policy experts at the state capitol in Helena, we will turn north along the impressive Rocky Mountain Front to Glacier National Park. We’ll cycle over the Continental Divide, spending time with climate scientists and park managers in Glacier before ending in Missoula with a public presentation.

Among the things we will do along the way:

  • Visit facilities using or producing biodiesel, wind energy, solar power, geothermal heating, and biofuels.
  • Examine fossil fuel technologies and impacts at coalfields, power plants, and oil refineries.
  • Tour a hydroelectric dam.
  • Visit ranchers, land managers, and farmers who are facing the impacts of climate change along with various opportunities for energy production.
  • Meet local and state officials working on state energy and climate policy.
  • Explore “green” energy-efficient buildings in Billings and Central Montana.
  • Talk with Glacier National Park scientists about the regional impacts of global warming.
  • Read and discuss a wide selection of current articles on energy issues and climate change.
  • Complete academic assignments designed to integrate our experiences and learning.
  • Present experiences and learning in open forums using electronic media and public presentations.
  • Become competent bicycle travelers.

Our choices of energy sources and consumption are some of the most critical decisions we will make as a society over the coming decades. Montana has abundant quantities of coal, natural gas, and other hydrocarbon resources, which have the potential to accelerate global warming if developed. At the same time, Montana, with vast agricultural plains and abundant wind, sun, and geothermal resources, is well positioned to produce clean, renewable energy. At course end, students will be armed with the knowledge and experience needed to play a positive role in shaping our energy system and future climate for the state, and the Rocky Mountain region.


Enrollment will be limited to ten [10] students. Our courses are multidisciplinary and our students come from all majors. There are no academic prerequisites for any of our courses. The best background is a sense of curiosity, a willingness to take responsibility for your academic growth, and a love of adventure. No prior backcountry experience is necessary, but this is a physically demanding course and students are advised to arrive good physical condition. This course takes place in high elevation settings and some backpacking sections will be physically challenging.

WRFI accepts students on a rolling admission basis and will review applications immediately upon receiving them. Currently, WRFI is accepting applications for all 2018 courses.

The first payment of 25% of tuition will be due three weeks after acceptance.

Apply Here!


$3950 per student includes tuition, dinner food, on-course transportation from Missoula, MT and return, and group camping and cooking gear. Please inquire with WRFI about renting a touring bicycle and associated touring equipment for the duration of the course. Lunch and breakfast food must be supplied by students. Required course readings will need to be downloaded, printed out, and brought on the course. An additional $310 filing fee is required to receive academic credit for the course from the University of Montana.