Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
University of California
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center


The Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center fosters and supports research, education and outreach programs focused on key agricultural and natural resource themes relevant to the Sierra foothills. We develop programs that address these critical needs with University of California academics as well as local and regional partners. On this site you will find information on how to propose and develop programs at the Center, an overview of current and previous programs, as well as specific information about the Center.

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  • Forestry Institute for Teachers

    Added September 21, 2016
    Teachers practice Project WET activities.

    Calling all K-12 educators! Do you want the tools and training to enhance environmental education in your classroom or youth program? Do you want ready-made activities, perfect for outdoor exploration, that support STEM learning, Common Core, and Next...

  • Research Spotlight: Using Phenology to Help in the Fight Against Invasives

    Added September 13, 2016
    Figure 1. Medusahead and barb goatgrass with other commonly co-occurring annual grasses. Left to right: Barb goatgrass, jointed goatgrass, hare barley, medusahead, ripgut brome, soft brome. Photo: J. Davy.

    Medusahead and barb goatgrass are two harmful invasive annual grasses in California that have caused problems for ranchers and land managers since their introduction. UC researchers have made significant advances in developing and understanding...

  • Training the Next Generation of Agriculturalists

    Added September 6, 2016
    Students learn about the impact of soil on rangeland health and productivity

    Over the next two decades the global population will exceed 8 billion people. While California's farmers and ranchers will play a critical role in meeting the food needs of this growing population, the next generation of farmers and ranchers are going to...

  • Expanding Agricultural and Environmental Education in the Sierra Foothills

    Added August 30, 2016
    Participants visit a field site at the Medusahead & Barb Goatgrass Workshop held in June 2016.

    The UC Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center (SFREC), located in the foothills northwest of Sacramento, has progressively been expanding the extension and education programs offered at the 5,700 acre center. Over the past few years,...

  • Basic Equine Care and Management

    Added August 22, 2016

    The horse world undoubtedly includes a wide variety of associations, disciplines, breeds, and types of horse owners. In the Sierra Foothills, horse ownership is just as diverse. You will find everything ranging from competition, breeding and pleasure...

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