Research and Extension Center System
University of California
Research and Extension Center System


The REC system is a strong, vibrant organization of research and education academics supported by extraordinary research management capacity to conduct agriculture, natural resource and human resource programs that
enable the delivery of the highest quality science to promote healthy citizens and thriving communities.

REC System Strategic Plan


  • Students Deepen their Understanding of the Salmon Life Cycle at SFREC

    Added November 22, 2016
    Students build a fake redd to hold their eggs. To make sure their eggs would be able to safely hatch they thought about how to build a redd that would protect their eggs.

    In mid November, SFREC partnered with Grass Valley Charter School and Twin Ridges Home Study by bringing students to the center to catch a glimpse of salmon spawning in the Lower Yuba River. The opportunity to observe salmon spawn is a way for...

  • Teachers go back to School to buff up on Science

    Added November 15, 2016
    Teachers practice one of Project WET's lessons. This kind of hands-on experience makes them more likely to use a lesson in their own classroom.

    Last month, teachers and educators from around Northern California came together for a weekend to learn about best practices for science education with a Forestry Institute for Teachers+ (FIT+) workshop. FIT+ is a new professional development program...

  • FARM SMART and 4-H bring spooky STEM fun to the farm

    Added November 14, 2016
    The FARM SMART pumpkin

    FARM SMART and Imperial County 4-H stirred up some spooky STEM adventures on the farm on October 29, 2016 at the University of California Desert Research & Extension Center.  This new event aimed to increase STEM awareness (Science,...

  • Researcher Spotlight: Managing Rangelands for the Bad Times as Well as the Good

    Added November 8, 2016
    Figure 2. Total cover and biomass responses to rainfall and grazing legacy over three years (± SE). Dark squares indicate a legacy of moderate grazing – which created a diverse mix of grass and forb species - and light circles indicate a legacy of low grazing – which shifted the community to only dominant grasses.

    Over the last few years Californians have grappled with how to manage lands during times of both drought and plentiful rainfall. At SFREC and on Central Valley rangelands, one question is whether management that promotes high forage in wet years alters...

  • Environmental Education Opportunity

    Added November 3, 2016

    Register today, then help spread the word and share this with your networks! Join us for FIT+ (Forestry Institute for Teachers PLUS), a two-day workshop that provides training in K-12 environmental educationand special access to guest experts and unique...

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