Field Trips & Short Courses
We're honored to welcome experts from various professions who see Swanton Valley as a great location to host short courses, workshops and field demonstrations.
Cal Poly courses such as Sustainable Forestry & Environmental Practices are regularly offered.We encourage interested professionals to contact us with new ideas for field-based learning and skills training.
Swanton Pacific Ranch welcomes hands-on learning. As an integral component to the ranch's living and learning laboratory, we work hard to provide opportunities for learning and discovery. Instructors are encouraged to utilize the ranch to its fullest educational extent. Recognized for its high biodiversity, the Swanton Valley represents approximately 20% of California's native botanicals, rare and endangered species, conserved lands and sustainably managed resource use across a mosaic landscape.
Over 500 students, from equally diverse backgrounds, find new ground to grow and explore as they engage in guided learning, lecture and field-based activities. A wide range of disciplines have benefited from field trips to the Swanton Valley including Hydrology, Forestry, Restoration, Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Science, Environmental Geology, Watershed Management, Botany, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Art. We invite interest from new participants. Please contact us with your course interests and to schedule your use of this wonderful facility.
On January 21, 2020, we are hosting a Regenerative Agriculture Field Day called "Getting Down and Dirty - Bringing Life Back on the Land" featuring leading regenerative agriculture experts from around the world. For more information check here. We are offereing 5 scholarships to Cal Poly students, for applications, check here. Scholarship applications are due by 12/31 5 pm.