The mission of the UC California Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service.
Calling all K-12 educators! Do you want the tools and training to enhance environmental education in your classroom or youth program? Do you want ready-made activities, perfect for outdoor exploration, that support STEM learning, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards? Then come to the Forestry Institute for Teachers PLUS (FIT+), a two-day advanced training opportunity, in multiple locations in California! First up is Yuba County, Oct. 8-9, hosted by UC Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center and facilitated by staff from CA Project Learning Tree/California Naturalist and Sierra Streams Institute/Friends of Deer Creek.
FIT+ includes the Project WET Foundation K-12 Curriculum Guide, talks from science experts, and optional CEUs! The training is designed for classroom teachers and non-formal educators who work with youth. We will spend as much time as possible outdoors!
FIT+ sessions are coming up in October (Yuba County), November (San Luis Obispo County), and January (Orange County). Register for any session at www.forestryinstitute.org/education.
Hot off the press: “Evaluating environmental education, citizen science, and stewardship through naturalist programs” examines data from California and Virginia naturalist programs to understand participant motivations, barriers, and perspectives as well as the actions they take to advance science, stewardship, and community engagement.
Time's Flaming Arrow: Read about journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal's CalNat immersion experience in the HuffPost Green Blog.