Welcome to the San Francisco State Sierra Nevada Field Campus. Registration for classes and workshops opens January 1.

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COVID - 19 Statement

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the Sierra Nevada Field Campus, along with everyone else, is in a period of uncertainty as to what the summer program will hold.  It is too early to make decisions, but of course it is on our minds. For now, we will continue to accept registrations for workshops and classes and are hopeful that the program will go ahead as planned with certain health considerations in place. If you plan to fly to California in order to take a class or workshop, then check the airline cancellation clause and consider trip insurance before committing to traveling. In case we end up closing the Field Campus at the time of your workshop or class, your air travel expenses would be covered by your insurance. Please stay tuned - if there are changes to the SNFC summer program, they will be posted here and all students will be contacted and updated immediately.

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