UC California Naturalist Program
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.
The UC California Naturalist Program is the hub of a collective impact network. We currently offer two certification courses: UC California Naturalist and UC Climate Stewards. To become a certified California Naturalist or UC Climate Steward, participants need to complete a 40+ hour course. Read more about us or find a course near you.
News & Inspiration
California Naturalist and Climate Stewards: certification course calendar
|CalNat Effie Yeaw Nature Center course||4/12/2021|
|CalNat Lake Tahoe Community College course||4/26/2021|
|Climate Stewards Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District course||6/3/2021|
|CalNat Columbia College course||6/28/2021|
|Climate Stewards Community Environmental Council course||7/7/2021|
|Climate Stewards UCR Palm Desert Center course||7/10/2021|
|CalNat Bolsa Chica Conservancy course||8/2/2021|
|CalNat College of the Redwoods course||8/16/2021|
|CalNat Coastal Institute at Camp Ocean Pines immersion course||8/22/2021|
|CalNat UCR Palm Desert Center course||9/1/2021|
|CalNat Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History course||9/1/2021|
|Climate Stewards American River Conservancy course||9/2/2021|
|CalNat Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum course||9/11/2021|
|CalNat Cuesta College||9/23/2021|
|CalNat Palomar Community College course||10/16/2021|
The UC California Naturalist Program thanks you for your ongoing generosity. Whether your contributions come in the form of intellectual labor, sweat equity, or through a financial contribution, your efforts are appreciated. We are gearing up for our annual "Big Dig" fundraiser on Friday, June 4. Please consider making a donation to help us sustain our program.
Words Matter: They Can Inspire Hope and They Can Incite Hate Through our actions and our words, we hope to communicate a clear message. The UC California Naturalist & UC Climate Stewards community believe in the positive and inspiring power of words. We stand in solidarity with the diverse community of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders against racism and xenophobia. And, we reaffirm our mission to foster a diverse (and inclusive) community of naturalists and promote the stewardship of California’s natural resources through education and service.
Resources: Online Nature Education In response to recent "shelter in place" orders and an increasing demand for online and hybrid delivery courses in general, we curated a list of our favorite online resources for quality California-focused natural history education