Sierra Nevada Journeys Strategic Expansion Plan 2016: Phase 1 - Environmental Education Center (2016)

Client Organization: 
Sierra Nevada Journeys
Project Location : 
Portola, CA
Summary of Project Idea: 

Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ) is a non-profit organization that seeks to “develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource stewardship” through innovative and hands-on outdoor science education programs on their campus, Grizzly Creek Ranch, in Portola, CA. SNJ seeks to serve as many students as possible every year, but physical resource and capacity restraints pose an issue as their programs experience increased demand each year, and expansion has become a necessary consideration. Through academic and field research, we have developed a strategic expansion plan which allows SNJ to continue serving the widest audience possible on its 1,500 acre ranch, as well as take advantage of incredible natural features on the property to expand educational program offerings. The expansion will need to take place across multiple phases and this will be the first phase of a multiyear project.

SEAS Program Areas: 
Behavior, Education, and Communication
Sustainable Systems
Landscape Architecture
Contact full name: 
Shayna Liberman
Job title: 
Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Communications
State or Country: 
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Sara Adlerstein-Gonzalez
Contact Phone: 
Contact information: 
Staff member of a potential client organization
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Camila Espana, MS/MBA Behavior, Education and Communication 
  • Taylor Markward, MS/MBA Sustainable Systems 
  • Yiqin Wang, MLA Landscape Architecture 
UM Undergrad Alum (BBCS & Anthropology-Zoology 2010)
Project Status: 
Past Project