Education / Classes

Welcome to UCCE Central Sierra: Most programs canceled due to COVID19

However, Master Gardener month-specific articles covering a variety of gardening topics and plants are still available.        See HERE. Links will remain in hopes we get back to where we were before the pandemic.



The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is your bridge between local issues and the research expertise of the University of California.

The UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra serves Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and El Dorado counties.

Find the UC Cooperative Extension, 4-H Youth Development, UCCE Master Food Preserver or UCCE Master Gardener Program El Dorado County or in your area on our interactive map. For a list of upcoming classes and events click HERE.

UCCE Master Gardener Training and Tips


If gardening is your passion, you may not want to miss this opportunity to learn more. El Dorado and Amador Counties UCCE Master Gardener Training begins in January 2020. This 15-weeks long course covers botany, soil, plant pathology, and much, much more. You may be the ideal candidate to become a UCCE Master Gardener. For more information on this and the full class schedule SEE HERE.

Monthly Gardening Tips from UCCE's Master Gardeners are HERE.

UCCE Master Gardener Food Preserving Class


Enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor all year 'round by joining a UCCE Master Gardener Food Preserving Class. See their 2020 Calendar of Classes covering many ways to preserve your bounty.

Sherwood Demonstration Garden: Open 9 a.m. to Noon, Friday and Saturday

As Master Gardeners, we are committed to educating the general public on sustainable horticulture and pest management practices based on traditional, current, and evolving research. It is our goal that the Sherwood Demonstration Garden will provide the public with hands-on, interactive experience about research-based, sustainable gardening practices specific to the west slope of El Dorado County, appropriate for all ages and cultures, and reflective of a variety of environments and gardening experiences. The Sherwood Garden is a UC Master Gardener Program.

There are 16 individual demonstrations gardens ranging from the Shade Garden to the Rock Garden and everything in between!

El Dorado Chapter, California Native Plants Society

Welcome to the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Our chapter lies in El Dorado County on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, stretching from the foothills at the edge of the Sacramento Valley to the mountains at Echo Summit. Our chapter works to protect and teach about all native plants in the county, from rare to common.


Gold Field Notes, the newsletter of the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, is published bimonthly. The newsletter highlights chapter meetings, programs, and activities, as well as timely news and information of interest to our members. Membership includes a subscription to Gold Field Notes, as well as subscriptions to the CNPS journal Fremontia and the CNPS quarterly Bulletin.

El Dorado Irrigation District

The El Dorado Irrigation District provides news, articles, information and much more that is not only useful but could save your life in the event of a fire. EID conducts regular Board meetings that are open to the public, normally held the second and fourth Monday of each month. Check their events calendar to see upcoming Board meetings, public workshops, and other events. You can receive notices when events or meetings are posted by signing up for eNews.

EID's Communications Department produces The Waterfront newsletter six times per year. The newsletter is mailed to customers with their bills. It is also available electronically if your bill is paid online.

Green Acres Nursery

The Green Acres Nursery in Folsom offers a monthly CALENDAR of seasonal"garden tasks," along with workshops, garden talks and other events aimed at helping you to create, manage or beautify your environment. 

Garden Design

It is easy to get frustrated when considering how best to design an outdoor space. Yes, there are lots of books to refer to, but once again, thanks to the internet, we now have Garden Design. The site covers just about anything you can think of to skillfully create the outdoor space you want. 

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's education programs include guided tours, family nature programs, talks by artists, scholars and scientists, and classes and workshops. To learn more see HERE.

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants



The Theodore Payne Foundation inspires and educates Southern Californians about the beauty and ecological benefits of California native plant landscapes. The acclaimed Theodore Payne Wild Flower Hotline, founded in 1983, offers free weekly on-line and recorded updates – posted each Friday from March through May – on the best locations for viewing spring wildflowers in Southern and Central California. All locations are on easily accessible public lands and range from urban to wild, distant to right here in Los Angeles. We balance the spectacle of annual flower displays with perennial plants and their spring color.


The Hotline is meant to help people enjoy the unique and beautiful nature of Southern California, without diminishing that resource in years to come. We encourage people to treat these floral treasures with care and respect.

  • Stay on the paths

  • Stand on bare ground

  • Leave the flowers unharmed

  • Take only photographs


Visit us Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm 
(Closed Sunday-Monday)