Mattole Field Institute

Mattole Field Institute

In the spring of 2012, the Mattole Restoration Council launched the Mattole Field Institute with the aim of providing place-based, hands-on instruction in topics related to Mattole watershed restoration. Courses encompass a broad range of curriculum areas, recognizing that ecological restoration is most effective when cross-pollinated with studies from various fields including sociology, history, politics, and literature.

Currently the Mattole Field Institute partners with Cal Poly Humboldt’s Department of Environmental Science & Management to offer ESM 480, a field course in Watershed Restoration, each Spring semester.

Mattole Field Institute also offers a free Spring Series of shorter workshops and guided hikes/explorations every January through May. Stay tuned for Spring 2024 offerings!

You can click here to download the Mattole Resilience, Education, and Research Center Feasibility Study.

Mattole Field Institute also coordinates, with Cal Poly Humboldt Biology Department and Bear River Band’s Culture Department, a Collaborative Marine Mammal Stranding Monitoring  program. This program is is actively building:

  • Increased local and expert knowledge of marine mammal strandings and other wildlife observations along our coast
  • Increased collaboration and sharing of shells and other items for cultural and ceremonial use in regalia
  • Increased positive relationships among all participants

Please reach out to if you are interested in any Mattole Field Institute programs, or if you have interest in co-designing a field course.