California Naturalist Program
Congratulations to the recent California Naturalists graduates with the National Forest Foundation #CalNat course! In collaboration with the US Forest Service - Angeles NF and San Gabriel Mtns. National Monument and Pacoima Beautiful, young adults gained interpretation and additional natural science knowledge to share with the public as they work in various capacities in the forest during the summer. They contribute meaningfully on work projects, and help spread the word to the larger community of the value of stewardship for the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Capstone projects included traditional use of native plants in the Angeles National Forest, a guide to the East Fork Trail-Bridge to Nowhere, where LA's water comes from, and more.
Program Updatesfirst 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.