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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. 

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On this rainy Friday, CalNat director Adina Merenlender and a couple of local certified California Naturalists joined other UC Agriculture & Natural Resources programs and our new associate vice president Wendy Powers on her first tour of The Hopland Research and Extension Center. We shared the impacts that CalNat and Naturalists have on local partnering organizations and communities and highlighted some citizen science and stewardship projects that Naturalists have remained engaged with post-certification, including the California Phenology Project and an ongoing watershed restoration project. We are proud of all you do, Naturalists!

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A major topic in conservation in Southern California is human interactions with urban wildlife - we're used to talking about coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, and the more urban/common raccoons, opossums, and skunks. Along the coast, we often surf with porpoises, and the occasional, ulp, great white shark. But golfing with endangered bighorn sheep takes it up a notch - maybe that's what President Obama has planned! Issues include the need for resources, and health impacts of grazing on heavily managed turf. Nice coverage of the issue from our journalist pal, Louis Sahagun and the Los Angeles Times:

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Our partners at Tejon Ranch Conservancy are seeking volunteers to help support visitors to what promises to be an amazing wildflower bloom this year! From TRC: We urgently need your help as a Wildflower Viewing Station volunteer! • Greeting and checking guests in • Providing helpful information • Helping with plant identification Upcoming trainings will prepare you to have a great time introducing others to the beauty of our region and the Tejon Ranch. The first training is scheduled for Saturday, February 4th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Conservancy office and on site (lunch provided!). Your help is urgently needed! You may sign up for training at the link below. and you can contact TRC for any questions at

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In exchange for logging at least 40 service hours in the 2016 calendar year, certified California Naturalists will receive a beautiful 18k gold and enamel pin service pin as our thank you. Log your hours now!

New UC Green Blog: Feeling welcome in nature is essential to caring and wanting to learn more. #CalNat2016 conference summary. 

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. 

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

Time's Flaming Arrow: Read about journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal's CalNat immersion experience in the HuffPost Green Blog.


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