Master Class Program: Education for Action
A unique, comprehensive program of field trips, interactive lectures and advocacy training; with particular focus on the root causes and global impacts of climate change, and effective advocacy to preserve a healthy environment for future generations.
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.
This Master Class series includes Adapting to sea level rise, a very special opportunity to play "Game of Floods", which fosters collaborative dialogue and deeper understanding of the environmental, economic and social choices that communities will face in preparing for sea level rise. A new class this year, "Face to Face with Climate Change" will provide a broad perspective about the cultural impacts of climate change, generate local discourse and inspire people to take actions in support of the environment.
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.