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CalNat Dispatches

We're rooting for you, baby salmon!

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Join the Sierra Nevada Immersion CalNat certification course this fall! The one-week course, Oct. 1-7, begins at UC Merced Yosemite Field Station in Wawona, where you'll explore Yosemite National Park for three days. The course takes advantage of the natural gradient in climate, geology, and ecology as the class transitions over to the Eastern Sierra to the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve, where you'll spend the remaining three days of the course around Mammoth Lakes. Taught in Partnership with Yosemite Conservancy. Applications due August 10. http://bit.ly/calnatsierra

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As naturalists, we can easily get stuck at one preferred scale of observation, photography, or journaling. Check out the free California Native Plant Society Nature Journaling Curriculum for "Zoom in, zoom out" activities and so much more to broaden and deepen your practice. Developed with John Muir Laws and other educators to meet California state standards for grades 3 through 7, but truly a great tool for all! This photo collage shows the non-native (but fragrant) herb, pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium). http://www.cnps.org/cnps/education/curriculum/

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Program Updates

2017 RR Save the Date
Announcing the first California Naturalist Program Regional Rendezvous on October 8 in the North Coast and Bay-Delta Bioregions! We are excited to work with long-time partners at Pepperwood Preserve to offer a one day gathering for California Naturalists and interested friends. Naturalist updates, field walks with experts, keynote speakers, book exchange, lunch, and a final gathering and reception will all be included in this fun day.


CalNat Celebrates our 100th class! How did we get here and where shall we venture together? Read more in the UC Green Blog.


UC Green Blog: Enjoy Nature but don't love it to death. A peer-reviewed summary of recreation impacts on wildlife by contributing author and CalNat Director Adina Merenlender. 


Hot off the press: “Evaluating environmental education, citizen science, and stewardship through naturalist programs” in the Conservation Biology journal volume 30, issue 6 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. 


New California Agriculture article on CalNat Director Adina Merenlender: Building a new mode of extension for biodiversity conservation

 

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