The mission of the California Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service.
The UC California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California’s natural communities. The California Naturalist program uses a science curriculum, hands-on learning, problem-solving, and community service to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state and to inspire individuals to become stewards of their local resources. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.
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Eloquent article on coupling art and science from our partners at Sagehen Creek Field Station. "Given the almost universal reduction in natural history emphasis, collections, and field time within university science programs in favor of lab work, art is naturally going to play a far larger role in discovering and exploring future scientific questions, and will create linkages between and within communities to effect policy change as a result of this science. Somebody has to be out there observing the world as it is and reporting its meaning back to us." YES, Faerthen! Well said!
Why art at NRS reserves? - Natural Reserve System
Art at natural reserves can help ideas evolve into science and deepen our understanding of nature and research.
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CA Naturalist Calendar
|Tejon Ranch Conservancy CalNat Course||8/15/2014|
|Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley CalNat Course||9/4/2014|
|Santa Barbara Botanic Garden/Sedgwick Reserve CalNat Course||10/1/2014|
|California Naturalist Program Statewide Conference||10/17/2014|
Early Registration Extended to July 21 for the Fall 2014 #CalNat Conference October 17-19, 2014: Explore nature. Build community. Take action. Asilomar State Park, Pacific Grove, California.
Late Breaking Poster Session for the California Naturalist Conference! Deadline to submit is August 15.
New resource for Naturalists: California Naturalist Suggested Supplemental Reading (2014, Leah Gardner, Sagehen Field Station Naturalist).
#CalNat welcomes Carrie Raleigh to our HQ-south team in LA County! She is our program's new UC Agriculture & Natural Resources community education specialist and will be a liaison for CalNat Southern California programs.
New article from the California Naturalist participant perspective. "I am joyful, delighted, elated, ecstatic, and even a little giddy! Please let me share my good fortune with you: I graduated from the California Naturalist Program."