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.


In response to strong interest, we are offering the shortcourse a second week this year.  We’ll offer the course both the week of Aug 16th and the week of Aug 30th.


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.


Two sessions will be offered this year, and are open for enrollment:
Session 1: Aug 16-20
Session 2: Aug 30- Sep 3

The Aug 30th course will be identical to the Aug 16th course, except that Peter Wilcock’s sediment transport topics will be presented by other instructors, drawing on applications of sediment transport analyses to the Trinity River and other sites on which we have worked closely with Peter.


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 approximately 30 participants.  This year, we created a signup list for people to express interest in the course, and we are contacting them now to confirm their interest in the weeks of Aug 16th and 30th.  If you are interested in joining the waiting list, please add you name here: Sagehen 2021 Interest Form.  If you have questions, please send an e-mail to .


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, but this year limited to 2 people per cabin.  Most years, about half the participants prefer to pitch tents outside on the station grounds (very nice tent spots abound) or to sleep in their camper vans.  This year we encourage you to camp instead of staying in the cabins to spread people out.  With both options, you have access to clean, updated bathroom facilities with hot showers.  We will limit occupancy of the bathroom, so please be flexible in your shower times to spread out the use of the facilities.  Whether you stay in a cabin or camp, it’s the 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.