The course, now in its 26th 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 catered meals.

Sagehen Creek is steps away from the teaching facility 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 or pitch a tent in the woods nearby ($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.

Waitlist Update
Due to unexpectedly strong interest, at this point new signups will be on a waitlist. However, we
encourage you to put your name on the waitlist because some people who indicated their interest
may decide not to come (due to any number of reasons), so it is likely that some spots will open


The total fees for the week-long course remain unchanged for 2021 and include digital copies of course materials and all meals (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch).

  • Early Bird Fees: $2,200 (when registered by June 15)
  • Regular Fees: $2,400 (thereafter)

On-site lodging (bunk bed in cabin or pitching a tent) at Sagehen Field Station is available for an additional $30 per night

  • Early Bird Fees + on-site lodging: $2,350 (by June 15)
  • Regular Fees + on-site lodging: $2,550 (thereafter)

For payment by check, you can subtract $50 from the total. See instructions below. 

This year we will not accept payments until we make a final go-no-go decision in mid-May.  At that time, we will announce whether we’ll be able to hold the course and if so, accept payments to confirm spots in the course.  

Note: Course credits from UC Extension are no longer included. Participants saw no need, so we reduced the cost imposed on all participants.


Please fill out this initial interest form by 01 May: Sagehen 2021 Interest Form

In mid-May, we will open the official registration form, which is where we will accept payment.


Credit cards or checks accepted. You can use your credit card for the convenient online registration process. For the cost conscious, we provide an option to avoid the credit card fees and receive a $50 discount by paying by check: 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:

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


We are limited to 30 students. If the registration system shows that no spots available, please send an e-mail to  expressing your interest, and we will add you to the wait list.


A cancellation by June 30, 2021 will receive a full refund minus $350.  A cancellation after June 30 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 accepted and encouraged.


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


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 $30 cost per night for use of all the facilities). 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.


For those flying to Reno Airport we provide a pickup from the airport at 6 PM on Sunday, August 15 and an airport drop-off 6 PM on Friday, August 20, at no extra cost. 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. No ride service options exist unless made well in advance.

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