The Nevada County Resource Conservation District (NCRCD) strongly believes in assisting landowners and land managers in improving their land.  To this end, we offer seminars, workshops, and classes that benefit landowners and property managers that are in keeping with conservation planning and implementation.  Our seminars offer information regarding good land stewardship using conservation methods for water efficiency, planting with natives, and proper resource management.
Our partnerships with other organizations such as Nevada County Farm BureauCalifornia Farmlink, Bear Yuba Land TrustSierra Foothills Audubon Society, Nevada Irrigation District, PG&ENevada County FairgroundsMaster Gardeners, etc. demonstrate the common goal we have of educating local property owners to use best management practices to conserve the natural resources of Nevada County.
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Registration is required as there is a limit to how many people some sites can accommodate.
Attendees will be given the name and address of the venue when they register.

Donations to our non-profit speakers are appreciated.

Topic:  Working with Natural FibersFFG Shan-Spinning-2018-02-11-DSC04794.jpg
Date:  Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Shan Kendall

Our speaker will be Shan Kendall, outreach coordinator of the Foothill Fibers Guild. A retired Waldorf teacher, Shan loves to educate and inspire both children and adults about the world of local fibers and how they can be used to create beautiful clothing and useful items.  She will be bringing a picture presentation of local fibers; their production and preparation; and samples of local fibers, yarns, and beautiful creations made by fellow FFG members.  There will be a live demonstration of spinning, weaving, and natural fiber preparation. 

Topic:  Birds in BlackFarm_Day_092415_107.JPG
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Janey Powers

Crows and Ravens are well-known for their intelligence which is similar to that of a three year old child.  They can problem solve, make and use tools, talk, and have been known to carry on conversations with humans!  

This presentation will include a PowerPoint presentation on these amazing birds followed by an opportunity to meet both crows and ravens - plus - there will be some other "birds in black" there as surprise visitors!  



Janey Powers has rehabilitated wildlife for more than 16 years.  She is a Gold Country Wildlife Rescue member, an Audubon Volunteer of the Year, a Nevada County Conservationist of the Year, and raises prize-winning, rainbow-hued eggs on her Hopeful Hill Ranch west of Nevada City.


Topic:  Fuels Reduction Work Using Livestock20140605143351-Potential_067.jpg
Date:  Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Alana Fowler
No matter how large or small the property, rural land-owners must ensure the safety of their home and property by reducing the risk of wildfire.  Alana Fowler, owner of The Goat Works and Fowler Family Farm, will speak on the advantages and benefits of using animals (such as goats, pigs, and cows) for natural, ecologically-sensitive control of weeds and brush, and efficient, cost-effective reduction of fuel for fire danger management.

Topic:  Irrigated Pasture Management WorkshopIPM seminar 051918 Robinson Ranch (42) reduced.jpg
Date:  Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time:  8 am to 11:30 am
Speaker:  Dan Macon
Learn how to maintain your pasture and improve water management and system efficiency. This workshop features indoor and outdoor presentations. Topics include: understanding the physical and biological characteristics of your soil; estimating soil moisture; types of sprinkler and flood pasture irrigation methods; irrigation management and scheduling to improve efficiency; fertilization stages; irrigated pasture forages commonly planted; and grazing management practices for irrigated pastures
This is a FIELD WORKSHOP.  Please make sure to bring a camp chair, walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen with you. 
*Participants Must Pre-register*
Contact Kaycee Strong at (530) 273-6185 ext. 244 or
Brought to you by:  NID, Nevada County Resource Conservation District, and UCANR

Topic:  Northern California Batsbat_ok_to_use_hdm_pallid_bat.jpg
Date:  Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Corky Quirk
Our speaker will be Corky Quirk.  Corky is the founder of NorCal Bats and is an educator and wildlife rescuer/rehabilitator.  She puts on an excellent presentation including live, non-releasable, native bats as ambassadors.  Corky is committed to public education regarding the environmental benefits of bats and dispelling fears and myths that lead to the death of roosts and colonies.  Learn about these animals and their importance as insect control.

Topic:  Beneficial Insects - How to Attract Them to Your GardenGreen_Lacewing.jpg
Date:  Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time:  6 pm to 8 pm
Speaker:  Bonnie Bradt
Bonnie (UCCE Master Gardener with degrees from U.C. Davis in Zoology and Entomology) and Mother Nature want to make your job as a gardener as easy as possible; but you have to help.  By interspersing certain plants in the problem-pest areas in your garden, you'll attract beneficial insects whose diet includes the pests that are ravaging your garden plants.  Bees, ladybugs, and nematodes are friends, not enemies, of your garden - but these beneficial insects do not live on aphids alone. They need other natural sources of food and shelter for their entire life cycle before they can call your backyard a permanent home.  

Learn which plants are "Welcome Mat" plants and which beneficial insects they attract.