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FLC Partners with American River Conservancy

April 1, 2022

GIS students at Wakamatsu Farm

The FLC Geosciences Department, with collaboration from the Innovation Center, recently finalized a partnership with the American River Conservancy to establish Wakamatsu Farm as a field site for long-term, hands-on research experiences for students and faculty. Wakamatsu Farm is a landmark historic farm in Placerville. It’s the original site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony (est. 1869) and has a rich Gold Rush-era history. At the field site, students will use geospatial technologies (GIS, GPS, aerial imaging with drones, etc.) to map and inventory Wakamatsu resources.

As part of the new partnership, the Innovation Center is collaborating with Myrtle Tree Arts and the American River Conservancy to present Earth Dayta, a one-night gathering at Wakamatsu Farm on Saturday, April 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The event will feature musical and visual performances from El Dorado County artists inspired by climate and location data to celebrate Earth Day, including our own Zack Dowell who will use live tree data collected with sensors to trigger modular synthesizer sounds as the basis for improvisation with musicians on site. Additional event information.

For questions about the American River Conservancy/FLC partnership, please contact Jason Pittman at or Zack Dowell at

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The Folsom Lake College geography program offers courses that satisfy lower division general education requirements in both the physical and social sciences.

Folsom Lake College's geology program studies the origin and evolution of the earth, utilizing the principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology.

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