DIY & Classes
DIY & Classes

DIY & Classes

Satisfy your inner do-it-yourselfer with these programs and tools.

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An independent institution for social ecology higher education.

Shawn and Melissa Rae King have been building with earth, demonstrating, and teaching others in earth building and earthen plasters for more than four years. Projects include multiple earthen ovens, earth benches, and tiny earthen houses. Shawn has trained both at Cob Cottage Company and at Cal Earth. Both Melissa and Shawn are instructors with Cob Cottage Company and have worked closely with Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley as well as other members of the Cob Cottage Company teaching community.

Pollinate is an edible plant nursery and urban homestead emporium located in the heart of Oakland. They specialize in backyard chickens, beekeeping, food preserving, urban farming, edible landscapes and food forests, soil amendments and composting kits. Pollinate hosts a speaker series and hands-on DIY workshops on a variety of topics. They want to help you get the most out of your space and inspire you to DIY (Do It Yourself) Food. They also offer a knife and tool sharpening service. They also host seasonal crop swaps.

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse accepts donations of "unique discard" materials for kids' art projects. They sell file folders, binders, recycled paper, and other reclaimed art and office materials. They are a nonprofit agency that collects materials and redistributes them to community at low cost. Specializing in art materials, books, small furniture, frames and garden artifacts.

Teaches sustainable design, design education & consulting.

The Environmental Studies Department offers a PhD program and master's degrees in Conservation Biology, Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Resource Management and Conservation. Educating for Sustainability and a Green MBA in Sustainability. They also have centers and institutes devoted to health and the environment.

Provides a two year program designed to prepare students for careers in viticulture and/or winery related jobs.

Multidisciplinary program in natural resources, management, and policy. MS and Ph.D. degrees available. The Advanced Resource Technology (ART) option within the program facilitates education on current cutting edge technologies encompassing three areas: remote sensing and image processing, modeling and artificial intelligence, as well as geographic information systems. Graduate degrees also available with emphasis in: Fisheries Conservation and Management, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Natural Resources Studies, Watershed Management, and Wildlife Conservation and Management.

The Nelson Institute builds partnerships and seeks sustainable paths to improve the quality of life and the environment in Wisconsin and around the world. We offer nine degree and certificate programs, conduct environmental research through four interdisciplinary centers, and advance the Wisconsin Idea by organizing community programs and public events.

Buck house exists as a laboratory for appropriate technologies: systems include a passive solar greenhouse, recirculating aqua culture system, kitchen greywater recycling, rainwater catchment system, and more. CCAT also offers classes in sustainable living. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Classes in gardening, beekeeping, urban animal husbandry, canning, food preservation, fermenting and culturing, brewcraft, herbal medicines, greywater, natural building, orchard pruning, permaculture, and more.

Earthroots Field School is a non profit that provides outdoor, hands on classes for children and adults in Southern California.

Training programs for LEED certification, renewable energy training, energy efficiency and construction. Database for trainings nationally and live and on line exam prep.

Interdisciplinary graduate studies in biological, environmental, & socioeconomic fields.

Master Gardeners staff Information Desks in Santa Rosa and in Sonoma. Our volunteer staff promotes successful gardening experiences and sustainable gardening practices by providing home gardeners with research based information from the University of California and other academic or government institutions. The staff has access to an extensive library, University of California Agricultural Advisors, university internet sites and a microscope for researching home gardening problems. Home gardeners can bring their questions or specimens to the Information Desk or contact the Information Desk by phone or email.

The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council offers classes to teach people who are interested in wildlife rehabilitation the basic and advanced skills necessary in a standardized approach to wildlife work. Classes are held on demand. They house a variety of information resources on Wildlife rehabilitation and preservation.

Ilah Jarvis is a nutrition counselor, who also teaches classes in fermenting and gluten-free baking. SF Bay Area.

Point Reyes Summer Camp is a natural science camp offering a unique camp experience for kids age 7-16 to explore and discover the magic of Point Reyes National seashore. The wide range of exciting adventures combine the best of environmental education with natural and traditional summer camp experiences. Food waste is composted and recycled, some electricity and hot water is produced using solar panels, and campers learn leave-no-trace ethics while in the field. Campers also pitch in with daily chores such as cabin clean up and an all-camp clean up at the end of the week. Led by experienced Naturalists.

Online archive of progressive poster art.

They offer classes, workshops and events that aid in building our skills to have sustainable relationships while living a sustainable life. They have also have a meeting space available for daytime or evenings.

The Global Oneness Project is exploring how the radically simple notion of oneness can be lived in our increasingly complex world. Founded in 2006, the Project offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms. Our award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles, explore cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens. Aligned to National and Common Core Standards, our curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking. Each month, we release a new story and accompanying lesson plan. All of our content and resources are available for free with no ads or subscriptions.

A specialty retail store focused on traditional methods of preservation. They feature affordable classes and do-it-yourself supplies for canning, fermenting, cheese-making, brewing and herbal medicine. Located in the backyard of Neighbor.

Now, three times a year women from many backgrounds of life gather together in great celebration for four full days of inspiring Herbal and Sustainability classes, gourmet vegetarian meals, talented campfire capers, amazing handcrafted marketplace items, Rites-of-Passage Ceremonies, powerful campfire drumming and dancing, refreshing swimming hole dips, and conversations with remarkable & inspiring women!

Affordable and comfortable event space available.

GW Law has one of the largest curricula of any law school in the nation—more than 250 courses covering every aspect of legal study. They offer students a customizable academic experience, tailored to each individual’s interests and goals. From that experience, students gain excellent analytical, research, writing, and advocacy skills.

The University of California Cooperative Extension's Composting Education Program (UCCE CEP) is a partnership with the cities and county of Santa Clara that seeks to educate our community about composting. In addition to a Master Composter training course the UCCE CEP offers Community Classes throughout the county as well as techincal resources. Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events.

Provides practical information about managing and teaching in an outdoor classroom. Offers a range of support to school communities building or using school gardens and outdoor classrooms. Helps school communities develop organizational strategies to maximize their outreach and fundraising in order to sustain their projects from year to year. Acts as a regional support network, disseminating relevant information, resources, and procuring free horticultural materials for school sites.

Eco Village Farm Center's mission is to provide residents of the San Francisco East Bay with practical knowledge and skills through a wide range of participatory experiences will help East Bay citizens live more sustainable and healthier lives and will better protect the Earth's natural resources and ecosystems for present and future generations. The Center prepares youth and adults from diverse social back grounds to work together in building healthier communities.

A website containing an extensive compilation of links to herbal medicine and botanical websites, and offering classes through the Columbine School of Botanical Studies. Also includes information on protecting your rights as an herbalist. Online Contact Link: www.botanicalstudies.net/contact.php

CCSF provides classes, workshops and customized trainings in areas such as construction trades, solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal system installation; energy efficiency and weatherization; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; hybrid auto and electric vehicle (EV) maintenance, diagnosis and repair; alternative fuel vehicle technologies; and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). As part of the statewide ATTE initiative, CCSF-ATTE trains technicians to meet workforce needs in the advanced transportation and energy industries.

If you're a cake decorator, baker, sugar artist or candy maker (or aspiring to be one), Spun Sugar is the place to go in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located in Berkeley, California, Spun Sugar caters to everyone from the novice homemaker to professional chef. They have a retail shop, an online store and they also have classes.

Graduate programs include: Air Quality, Environmental Science and Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, and Environmental Health Science.

They sell do-it-yourself greenhouse kits.

SFSU offers a Masters degree program in biology with a concentration in conservation biology. Concentrations are: conservation, evolution and population biology of rare and endangered species; ecology of invasive species; management and conservation of natural communities; restoration ecology; applied ecology.

Provides information, tools, resources and expertise that may be used for improving environmental and social conditions. In addition to products and consulting for a few, the web site includes free maps, free GIS programs, a free mapping tutorial. Includes also more information on the environment, community advocacy and community mapping.

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers graduate degrees in Environmental Science and Public Policy as well as graduate certificates in Environmental affairs, Hazardous Materials Management, and Nonprofit Management.

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