Master Class

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Master Class 2014 – 2015: Education for positive environmental change

Environmental Forum of Marin’s Master Class is a comprehensive program focusing on three key areas: The Natural World, Human Impact, and Stewardship. The next Master Class begins in August 2014.

The Natural World

Marin’s vibrant environmental heritage comes alive during in-the-field excursions led by Environmental Forum members and outside experts. Through a series of field trips, you will visit places such as West Marin to talk with Albert Straus of Straus Dairy, one of the first organic dairies in the country, and John Finger of Hog Island Oyster Farm, involved in efforts to restore the Tomales Bay watershed; you will hear directly from Rangers at Pt. Reyes National Seashore about the pressures on our parks; you will visit a landfill and a water treatment plant; you will visit a creek and bayland restoration project. These are examples of just a few of the field trips.

These are unique opportunities you will not get anywhere else!

Human Impact

Environmental sustainability is the lens through which you will learn about problems posed by human impact on our world. In small classroom settings you will interact directly with subject-matter experts: scientists, policy makers, environmental advocates, land use and transportation planners, as well as local citizen advocates. 

You will learn about:

  •  Climate change and what it means from both local and global perspectives
  •  Marin’s bountiful food shed and how it is being protected
  •  Marin’s remarkable geology and watersheds
  •  Zero waste — what it means and how we’ll get there
  •  Ecosystems and the services they provide
  •  The difference between growth and development


Once you are equipped with information on current environmental issues, you will learn how to take effective action through first-hand experience — learning how to deliver a compelling, short, advocacy speech as well as participating in and presenting a project. The project you choose can be driven by your individual passion, or you can join your classmates in a team project. You will find just how effective you can be! Click here to view the Master Class 2013 projects.


For further information about the Master Class contact Andrea Taylor at




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