Russell Ridge Education Fund
in memory of late EAC member, educator & environmentalist
Russell Ridge was a biology professor at College of Marin (COM). Russell was passionate about the natural environment and taking students outside for hands-on exploration of the natural world. Russell was a long-time supporter and friend of EAC, working to support environmental education programming over the years and volunteering at EAC events. The Russell Ridge Education Fund seeks to facilitate lasting relationships with the environments in West Marin to inspire and engage the next generation to protect and steward the irreplaceable land and sea scapes.
college of marin natural history program scholarships
We are now accepting applications for students planning to attend
College of Marin’s Natural History program in fall 2019 and spring 2020.
Help support the fund, donate today!
A Special Thanks
to Friends of Russell Ridge
The following donors have contributed in 2018 - 2019:
Paul and Helen Chapman
Mary Crane and Jody Silver (in memory of Debra DiBenedetto)
Tom and Barbara Gaman
Katie and Donald Martin
Jerry and Barbara Meral
Mia Monroe and Stephen Meyer
Susan and John Nelson
Richard and Leslie Plant
Tom Yarish and Laure Campbell
Please email Jessica Taylor, Development Director, or call the office at (415) 663.9312 for more information.
College of Marin
Application coming soon!
EAC will provide two College of Marin scholarships for two students enrolled in the natural history certification program/classes per semester based on application submission. Qualified students may apply twice per calendar year by completing an application, which includes their bio, a photo, and supplemental questions including how the scholarship will help them fulfill their aspirations towards a career in the natural sciences/environmental work. Scholarships are intended to cover tuition costs for two classes per student each semester. Applications will be reviewed by committee.
Scholarship recipients will be required to complete a post-survey and attend EAC’s annual Member Meeting, Potluck & Awards to receive/or speak briefly about how the scholarship has impacted their educational goals. We look forward to launching this program in 2019. Stay tuned for more information.
Application deadlines will be posted soon!
We believe that providing educational opportunities in nature creates lasting and meaningful impressions on youth that help to foster the environmental stewards of the future.
Funding directly supports the instructor of youth-education program responsible for delivery of youth education field trips in three Marin County Parks (Roy’s Redwoods, Bolinas Lagoon, and Agate Beach) which aim to help students:
· sharpen their observation techniques,
· recognize habitats in three geographic areas,
· learn how to use iNaturalist app to capture observations of plants and animals using smart phones or iPads (EAC can supply if necessary),
· and work in small teams to collect observations.
We currently have successful partnerships with local schools including Shoreline and Lagunitas School Districts, Terra Linda High School, Novato High School, Redwood High School, Sir Francis Drake High School, Marin Catholic High School, College of Marin, Dominican University, Sonoma State University, and University of San Francisco.
Learn more about our 2018 pilot program successes.