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Education for Action

Environmental Forum of Marin provides exceptional educational programs about environmental issues. Attend our fascinating Lecture Series, or commit to our landmark Master Class for an in-depth training on environmental advocacy.  

Master Class

Environmental Forum Master ClassOur intimate, comprehensive, hands-on educational experience about the environment has begun. This training focuses on Marin’s natural landscapes and the challenges they face.

Comprised of a series of field trips and classes focused on the natural world, human impact, and advocacy training, the Master Class is ideal for individuals seeking to deepen their knowledge of environmental issues, engage in environmental stewardship or enhance their environmental credentials. As a capstone, students complete a stewardship project, either individually or in teams, on a relevant topic of their choice.

Environmental Forum Master ClassThis remarkable program, offered only once per year, is now full, and is off to a wonderful start.

Please consider joining us next year -
our next Master Class will begin in August 2016.

Check our website in the months ahead for details.

Lecture Series

Feeling helpless about the environmental issues that seem to be getting worse? The Environmental Forum's Lecture Series is a dynamic look at some of today’s most pressing environmental challenges. Speakers review the science underlying specific topics and explore what we as individuals can do in response.

Lecture Series 2015, offered this past Spring, examined issues of Drought, Threatened Oceans, Climate Disruption, and its effects on our community. Links to video presentations of each one can be seen from our Lecture Series page.

Please check back to discover the topics that will be offered in Lecture Series 2016, which will start in January.

In the News

We love it when Forum graduates keep up the good work of environmental protection!

You may recall how proud we were when we told you that Forum graduate Shawn Marshall would attend the UN Climate Change talks in Paris this year. But it just got better: She has now been invited to present to the international assembly,  representing the work she does with the firm she founded, LEAN Energy US.

One of only 150 presenters--among the 800 that were considered--Shawn will speak about the rising popularity of Community Choice Aggregation in California, and its broad success in stabilizing utility rates, reducing GHGs, creating green collar jobs, and even lowering electricity prices. 

And Shawn is bringing another Forum graduate with her to act as Press Secretary--Susan Bierzychudek is the Managing Director of her own marketing firm called Green Ideals, and is currently a member of the EFM Board of Directors.

Knock 'em dead, ladies!



Donating to the Environmental Forum is a gesture of support like no other. Whether you choose a one-time donation, annual gift, or a legacy donation, we appreciate it enormously. You might even consider donating in the form of an annual scholarship, to allow Master Class attendance to someone for whom tuition is a hardship. Please click here for details.

Membership Renewal

Renew your 2016 membership. Members receive a discount for Lecture Series attendance.

Donate to help the Environmental Forum continue to provide its great programs.



The Master Class had an incredible way of connecting so many of the dots that have to do with our environment, on both local and global levels.” Susan B., 2013


The Master Class was a life-changing experience for me, in terms of high quality environmental training. It provides excellent advocacy training and an entrée into an extraordinary network of environmental activists in Marin and beyond.” Heather F., 2007


As a Mill Valley Councilmember, I treated myself to the Master Class as a way to steep myself more deeply in the issues I care so much about.” Stephanie M.P., 2012


I really appreciated the focus on problems with a view not of placing blame, but rather directing energy toward awareness and solutions.” Asher M., 2011


I tend to get angry about what’s going on environmentally, but am reminded that people will hear me more clearly when I’m calm, measured, and loving in my lectures!” Stuart M., 2012


The speakers left me with hope and a reason for getting involved.” Carolyn S., 2006


The series continues to astonish, edify, and inspire me. I feel so blessed to have discovered EFM!” Anonymous, 2008


"The Master Class changed my life." Nancy B., 2012


Our Graduate Members in Action

Countless graduates of our Master Class become advocates for the natural world. We’re intensely proud of the projects they’re working on—they’re the reasons we continue to do what we do! Click here to see some of the exciting projects that have been completed, or are still in the works.


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