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Only 5 spots (scrap that, only 2 now!) left in the inaugural Tuleyome CalNat class, held at the Woodland Public Library over ten consecutive Fridays, February 2-April 6, with field trips on Saturdays. The early bird gets the worm, in this case! Our own California Naturalist Mary K. "Mare" Hanson - Naturalist (Effie Yeaw Nature Center 2015) is coordinating and helping lead the course.

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Sign up now through August 21 for the upcoming Santa Barbara Botanic Garden California Naturalist course held September 6 - November 8. Classes are led by local experts and will cover an overview of California's diverse ecology, as well as an the ecology of the Santa Barbara region. Participants come from all backgrounds, from newcomers to the region, to trained scientists who want to fill 'gaps' in their overall understanding. It is an excellent introduction to becoming a citizen scientist, amateur naturalist, restoration volunteer, expert docent, or simply an informed hiker. Scholarships are available to prospective participants with financial need. To learn more and sign up, visit

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Program Updates

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Registration is open for 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.

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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. 

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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