Russell Ridge Education Fund

in memory of late EAC member & environmentalist

We are nearly half way to our $5,000 goal for the year.
Help support the fund, donate today!

*Donations to this fund are not considered membership,
join our member circle or renew your annual support for full member benefits.  

Support our special fund* in memory of Russell Ridge with a gift to support nature-based education and scholarship opportunities for Marin County students.

Annual Funding ($5,000 annually) Provides:

  • College of Marin Scholarships: Up to three student scholarships ($250) for natural history program classes at the College of Marin to cover tuition and books, and continue or complete their environmental education.
  • Youth education programming and instruction designed to provide opportunities for youth to explore the distinct and unique habitats within Marin County.


College of Marin
Scholarship Application Info

Scholarship Application Coming Soon

  • Applicants must be enrolled in natural history classes at College of Marin.
  • The application process will include a questionnaire on how the scholarship will help them fulfill their aspirations towards a career in the natural sciences/environmental work.
  • Applicants will be required to attend the annual member meeting to receive/or speak briefly about how the scholarship advanced their education.
  • More details coming soon on application and distribution dates. 

Youth Education Programming
In west Marin

EAC is uniquely positioned at the intersections of West Marin’s county, state, and federal public lands and open space preserves and is able to provide hands on environmental education experiences that foster greater understanding of the natural world and inspire the future stewards of our local environment. Environmental education is one important way we accomplish our mission to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin. 

Our educational programming offers unique experiences for students to engage with the natural environment using observational skills and technology. There is a growing base of research being done around the value of environmental education for improving academic achievement, breaking the indoor habit, improving health and wellbeing, cultivating leadership qualities, and improving focus and cognition.

We believe that providing educational opportunities in nature create lasting and meaningful impressions on youth that help to create the environmental stewards of the future.

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. 

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A special thanks to our 2018 donors:
Anne Baxter and Doree Allen
Paul and Helen Chapman
Tom and Barbara Gaman
Jerry and Barbara Meral
Mia Monroe and Stephen Meyer
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.