Russell Ridge Education Fund
in memory of late EAC member, educator & environmentalist
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Please note: This is a restricted fund to support this pilot program, and does not include membership to the organization. Your gift is 100% tax-deductible.
The Russell Ridge Education Fund seeks to facilitate lasting and meaningful relationships with the environments of West Marin by providing access to and awareness of the natural world through nature-based education for middle and high school students, college scholarships and entry level naturalist internships. The fund aims to honor Russell Ridge’s legacy and EAC’s ongoing mission to inspire and engage generations to protect and steward the unique and irreplaceable lands, waters and biodiversity of West Marin.
In June 2018, EAC launched the Education Fund in honor of professor, former board member and financial contributor, and long-time West Marin resident, Russell Ridge. Russell was a biology professor at College of Marin (COM), who was passionate about the natural environment and providing students with hands-on exploration of the natural world.
Education Fund Goals
Provide College of Marin scholarships to students enrolled in the Natural History Program for tuition and books
Provide employment experience for scholarship students to participate as naturalist guide leaders for youth education programming
Provide and/or support EAC’s West Marin Wild nature-based youth educational field trips in Marin County Parks
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.
Applications due by April 1st by 11:59 pm
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 plus books 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.
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.
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)
Frank and Ronita Egger
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.