College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Giving Opportunities

The Don Dahlsten Outreach Fund


CNRís Environmental Leadership Pathway (ELP) is one of the programs supported by the Don Dahlsten Outreach Fund. Through the ELP, undergraduates take a course in environmental education and are then charged with teaching East Bay high school students about the environment ó a powerful hands-on experience for CNR students to be environmental educators while simultaneously giving urban high school students the opportunity to explore cutting-edge natural sciences in their local classrooms. It is a unique learning opportunity for both the CNR students and the young people they teach.

The Don Dahlsten Outreach Fund was established in 2003 to honor Don Dahlstenís commitment to community outreach. Don Dahlsten was a Professor of Entomology in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1974 to 2003.

Over the course of his 40-year career, Dahlsten developed a reputation as one of the world's most respected leaders in biological control, a field that had gained momentum in the 1960s as an alternative to the increasingly ineffective use of chemical pesticides. His research focused on the development of ecologically-sensitive methods for controlling insects that feed on trees in forests and in urban environments.

As part of his commitment, he was instrumental in developing CNR's Environmental Leadership Pathway (ELP) Program. Don passed away on September 3, 2003, after a 2-year battle with a rare type of skin cancer. The Don Dahlsten Outreach Fund honors his legacy and commitment to community outreach.

All gifts to CNR are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.


Students participating in ELP get field research experience not offered in their high school science classes.