registration, fees, travel

The course, now in its 24th successful year, is held at Sagehen Creek Field Station, 15 mi north of Lake Tahoe, California and 45 minutes from the Reno airport in Nevada. The station combines a beautiful natural setting with excellent research and teaching facilities, free wireless internet, and hearty meals.

Sagehen Creek is steps away from the teaching facilities, and provides an outstanding on-site laboratory to illustrate concepts taught in the course. All meals, Sunday dinner through Friday lunch, are served at the field station. Participants can stay in cabins at Sagehen ($30/night) or commute from hotels in Truckee (20 minute drive, last few miles down a well-maintained dirt road).  Please note, cell service is out-of-reach at the field station, but wireless internet is available via a slow T-1 line.  We encourage everyone to bring a laptop for accessing readings, lecture slides, and course spreadsheet exercises.


The total fees for the week-long course include digital copies of course materials and all meals (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch).

Fees: $2,400

Onsite lodging is available for an additional $30 per night.

Fees (with on-site lodging): $2,550

For payment by check, you can subtract $50 from the total, because we avoid third-party transaction fees incurred with online, credit-card registration.  Then, the full price for registration and lodging (with all meals) is only $2500.

Note: credit from UC Extension is no longer included because participants indicated that it was no needed and it was not worth the additional cost imposed on all participants. 

online registration form

Register for the course to secure your spot. We are limited to 30 students. Once registration is complete and your payment is authorized, we will send you a confirmation, but currently have no funding sources.


Credit cards or checks accepted.  $50 discount for checks, use discount code CH3CK during online registration (on the first page of the registration form). Government purchase orders accepted, but not preferred. Vendor is UC Regents Berkeley, Federal Employee ID: 94-6002123. Phone and fax available upon request, mailing address below.

Please make checks out to “UC Regents.” Mail checks or purchase orders to:

Vicente Tinoco / Sue Retta

River Restoration

Dept of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

202 Wurster Hall

University of California

Berkeley CA 94720-2000

Waiting list

If the registration system shows that there are no spots available, please send a mail to, expressing your intent to register, and we will add you to the waiting list and send you a confirmation message noting your spot on the waitlist.

Cancellations and Substitutions

A cancellation by June 15, 2018 will receive a full refund minus $150.  A cancellation after June 15 will receive a full refund minus $350 if a replacement student can be found, no refund if no replacement is found.  Most years, we have a waiting list, so replacements may be found given sufficient notice.  Substitutions are acceptable and encouraged.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any scholarships or fellowships at this time. We welcome sponsors to contact us, we get many requests for scholarship support from graduate students and non-profit organizations.

web-dinner fens sagehen cabins

Lodging at Sagehen Creek Field Station costs $30/night per person, which entitles you to a bunk bed in a cabin with 6-8 beds, and clean, updated bathroom facilities with hot showers. Some folks prefer to pitch a tent outside on the station grounds (with a bunk available to store gear, but same cost per night). Either way: bring your own towel, pillowcase, and sleeping bag. Sagehen does not provide linens or blankets. If you are staying in the cabin, also bring a bottom sheet. If you are bringing a tent, don’t forget a sleeping pad, it’s lumpy out there.

Travel Arrangements

For those flying to Reno Airport we offer a pickup from the airport at 6pm on Sunday, August 5.  We can drop you off at the airport by 6pm on Friday, August 10. Please plan your flights accordingly. We only stop at the airport, please do not ask us to deliver you to other destinations in Reno or elsewhere. Note that Sagehen Field Station is remote, behind a locked gate, down a long dirt road. No public transport or even taxi service reaches the station. Travel options from Truckee (closest town, about 20-30 minute drive south of Sagehen) to Reno Airport are limited and expensive, few taxi or other ride service options exist unless made in advance.

For travelers within California, we will send a participant list for carpool arrangements in early summer.