registration, fees, travel

The course, now in its 22nd 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 (15 minute drive).  Please note, cell service is out-of-reach at the field station, but wireless internet is available via a reliable T-1 line.  We encourage everyone to bring a laptop for accessing readings, lecture slides, and course spreadsheet exercises.


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 is an excellent value at only $2,300 inclusive for the week when registered before May 31st (early bird deadline), and $2,500 thereafter.  Without lodging, early bird fees total $2,150 and regular fees $2,350.


Please use our online registration form to secure a spot in the course.

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 on the registration form (on the first page).
    • Government purchase orders accepted, but not preferred.
Cancellations and Substitutions

A cancellation by June 15, 2016 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 Saghen 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, 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 14.  We can drop you off at the airport at 5:15pm on Fri, August 19.  For travelers within California, we will send a carpool arrangement link in early summer.

sagehen cabins

sagehen cabins