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Kathi King, CEC’s Director of Climate Education and Leadership is the course instructor. The course will be limited to 25 participants.


The Winter 2022 course is FULL. Send an email to get notified about our next course dates.


The course fee is $225. Full scholarships will be available to cover the course fee and required reading materials. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


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UC Climate Stewards seeks to foster a committed corps of volunteers ready to effectively engage in transformative local solutions to promote community and ecosystem resilience in a changing climate. The UC Climate Stewards course will introduce you to social-emotional learning and trauma-aware practices, climate change communication, climate science, and community resilience planning. The course will combine communication, engagement, and science curriculum with guest lectures, field trips, and project-based learning to immerse you in the dynamics of your local community.

The course will focus on work being done on the Central Coast to address and alleviate climate impacts, and provide resources and opportunities for becoming part of the movement. Students will become well versed in the Community Environmental Council’s mission for rapid, equitable, local solutions to the climate crisis. This UC Climate Stewards course will guide participants toward making greater community connections, understanding the psychology and science behind climate change and how to effectively communicate the climate crisis.

Discussion and activities will be Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
There will also be 2 or 3 field trips, likely on Saturday afternoons and one group science project.

See what Ash, a recent course graduate, has to say about the experience.


  • Increase access to up-to-date and locally relevant climate science to improve climate literacy
  • Improve participants’ self-efficacy and agency by fostering climate change communications  skills development, civic engagement, and local conservation and community action
  • Establish an inclusive community of practice focused on stewardship, communication, and  community solutions to advance resiliency
  • Build statewide support and capacity to effectively advance state and local climate goals
  • Meet all of the course requirements


Contact Time
Each UC Climate Stewards course consists of a minimum of 40 educational hours (online, classroom, and field time), which includes a minimum of 12 hours in the field (depending on current COVID conditions).

Required Reading and Online Work
Read the entire UC Climate Stewards Handbook, complete six (6) online course modules, and complete assigned homework.

This course will be taught with a combination of online sessions via Zoom, in person sessions as allowable and the Canvas platform. All participants will need access to the internet to listen to lectures and read course material.

Class Attendance and Field Trips
Participants must attend all classes. If one class is missed, the participant will be expected to complete make-up activities on their own time at the direction of the instructor.

Capstone Project
Participants are required to complete a Capstone Project in one of six areas: Community Resilience and Adaptation, Environmental and Climate Justice, Conservation/Restoration (Stewardship), Participatory Science, Education/Interpretation, or Program Support.

The Capstone Project provides an opportunity for participants to integrate their own personal interests with the in-class material toward the development of an applied work project done in conjunction with a community organization. Participants must get pre-approval for Capstone Projects in the first four weeks of the course. Participants are encouraged to work in teams when appropriate. Participants will deliver an individual or group capstone presentation (5 minutes per person) on graduation day. Participants are expected to spend a minimum of 8 hours on the Capstone project and will add hours spent on the Capstone Project into the volunteer portal.

Class Community Science Project
Each participant must contribute to the community science project adopted by the class.

Completion of the online post-course evaluation survey is critical for the ongoing success and improvement of the course. You will be provided with a link to the evaluation survey toward the end of the course.

Volunteering and Volunteer Portal (VMS)
Participants will be provided with an online account to track their volunteer hours, including hours spent on their Capstone Project. Tracking volunteer hours is an essential way to prove the need and impact of the UC Climate Stewards Initiative.


  • Climate Stewardship: Collective Action Across California, Brendan Buhler and Adina Merenlender. (Must be purchased by the participants.)[SMn1]
  • 2020-11-5 Climate Stewardship – Collective Action Across California – FINAL with images_Exp06.30.21


Certain course materials are required. Please notify the instructor immediately if you do not have an email account.

*Required: Access to internet connected computer or phone and an email account for communication and Volunteer Portal access


Participants are encouraged to complete at least 40 hours of volunteer service each year. Pins are awarded each year for participants who meet this goal, and the pins differ from year to year.

  • Volunteer activities must relate to climate communication, education, interpretation, mitigation, adaptation, or community or ecosystem resilience, occur in California, be sponsored by an organization, and be UNPAID.
  • Your 8-hour Capstone project will count toward your first year’s volunteer hours. You will log these hours into the UC Volunteer Portal. A welcome email will be sent to you after instructors add your information to the system. Notify your instructor if you do not receive that email. You will be provided with a user name and password in the introductory email after the start of the class.
  • The portal website is
  • There are resources available to help you familiarize with the UC CalNat/Climate Stewards volunteer portal and commonly used features. Check out our help guides and videos geared toward users and program administrators.


Homework assignments will be due prior to the next scheduled class session.


Participants must complete [minimum of 40+] hours of instruction during the class. Only one class session (2.5 hours) can be missed and participants can request a make-up session or assignment from their instructor.


Registrants may cancel up to two weeks before the first day of instruction for a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Registrants that can successfully refer another student to replace their spot in the course prior to the first day of class will receive a full refund. Registrants that experience a verifiable medical emergency personally, or in their family, between the two weeks of class before and after instruction has begun may re-enroll in the following year’s course at a 50% discounted rate, with priority for early registration. No other cancellations, for any other reason, will result in a refund.


The course will integrate a range of instructional methods including online modules, presentations (in-person and virtual), peer-to-peer discussion, small group activities, hands-on and inquiry-based activities, experiential learning.


If you have a learning or physical need that will require special accommodations in this class you will need to notify your instructor in writing of your accommodation needs. Please notify at least 30 days prior to the first class if you require any special accommodations. This will allow us ample opportunity to provide suitable accommodations. We make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Materials will be available in alternate formats (Braille, audio, electronic format, or large print) upon request.


Students are responsible for course fees, purchasing books, and transportation for the field trips Students are also responsible for costs associated with travel.

Full and partial scholarships are available. We are seeking a large and diverse group of students and no one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay the course fee. Please contact the course instructor at least 14 days prior to the first day of class to inquire about scholarship opportunities and application procedures.

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