San Francisco State University's Sierra Nevada Field Campus is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of the biological diversity, geosciences, hydrology, astronomy, plein air art and written word in the Gold Lakes Basin and Sierra Valley regions of the Sierra Nevada through education and research. Classes are open to the general public from late May to mid-August, with online registration opening each year on January 1. Students enjoy rustic accommodations and tasty meals, or may opt to stay off campus.
SNFC is set at 5500', near the spectacular Sierra Buttes and Lakes Basin, a short drive from Sierra Valley. The North Yuba River flows through the campus, treating visitors to glimpses of river otters, American Dippers and a myriad of other local inhabitants.
"We understand nature best when immersed in it. The intimate SNFC learning experience creates a synergy between experts and students to evoke a sense of wonder and gratitude, and thus an obligation to be wise environmental stewards." ~ Jim Steele, Director of SNFC, 1984 - 2010