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California Naturalist proudly received the 2017 Outstanding Team award from Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs (ANROSP) at their annual conference held last week in Portland, OR. Teamwork is fundamental to our program structure. Since 2012, we've certified over 1800 Naturalists who have logged over 100,000 volunteer hours. In addition to our growing staff team, we have been able to accomplish this work due to the support and efforts across UC Agriculture & Natural Resources and an extended team of course partners, instructors, statewide partners, educators, scientists, conservation practitioners, and many others who have contributed to the continued adaptive development of our program. Go team! Photo (L to R): Michelle Prysby, President of ANROSP (and Director of Virginia Master Naturalist), Sabrina Drill (Associate Director, CalNat) and Marisa Rodriguez, (Community Ed. Specialist, CalNat). Credit: Michele Richards, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist

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Congratulations to our newest class of SPAWN, Salmon Protection And Watershed Network California Naturalists!

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California Naturalist Kate Marianchild (Inland Mendocino 2013) has been busy with speaking events and guided walks after publishing her award winning book, "Secrets of the Oak Woodlands" in 2014! Find a copy if you haven't read this book, as Kate's enthusiastic natural history storytelling will leave you wanting a sequel. If you are Northern California based, there's a unique opportunity to join a class she's leading, "Walking in Wonder" through the City of Ukiah on Saturdays, Sept 30-Oct 28. More info here:

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Have you been working to address the threat of climate change? Tell us your story! UC California Naturalist is working with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to help populate the new Climate Adaptation Clearinghouse by capturing authentic experiences of all Californians as they deal with a changing climate. Please share your story by Friday, October 27.  View full details here.


The UC California Naturalist? program is hiring a new Community Education Specialist in Davis, CA to work with partnering organizations and naturalists in the Central Valley and Sierra regions. View the position announcement here.

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Check out our new Partner Story Map: find a class or an organization near you! 



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. 

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


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