registration, fees, travel

The course, now in its 23rd 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.


In 2016, the total cost for registration, course materials, continuing education credit from the University of California, and including on-site lodging and all meals for Sun night through Friday was an excellent value at only $2,500 inclusive for the week.  Without lodging, fees total $2,350. Prices for 2017 commng soon.


online registration form (closed).
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.


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:

Jennifer Natali / Sue Retta
River Restoration
Dept of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
202 Wurster Hall
University of California
Berkeley CA 94720-2000


Cancellations and Substitutions

A cancellation by June 15, 2017 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.


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.

Travel Arrangements

For those flying to Reno Airport we offer a pickup from the airport at 6pm on Sun, August 6.  We can drop you off at the airport at 5:15pm on Fri, August 11. 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.

sagehen cabins

sagehen cabins