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The Mt. Diablo Region/Lindsay Wildlife Experience California Naturalist certification course application is open through June 30. Named for Contra Costa county’s iconic 3,849-foot peak, the Mount Diablo region stretches from Pittsburg and Antioch all the way to Corral Hollow, southwest of Tracy, and includes many regional parks, city open spaces, state parks, and reservoirs. Through field trips, classroom instruction, and hands-on exercises, participants will observe and learn about the variety of ecosystems in our region, and become skilled interpreters, citizen scientists, and stewards of the land. September 18 - November 20, Monday nights, from 6-8:45 PM in Walnut Creek, with three Saturday field trips. 4 academic credits available upon completion through UC Davis Extension. Picture courtesy of California Naturalist Marni Berendsen. More details and application link here:

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Earn your California Naturalist certification this summer on the beautiful California Central Coast near Morro Bay. The Coastal Institute at Camp Ocean Pines is offering an immersive 7-day course from August 20 - 27 led by Executive Director Chris Cameron along with passionate expert naturalists and professors. Rich with natural science wonders in forest, field, and shore, you will learn the natural history basics of the program with a marine science focus. More at

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This is Lynn Hori hunting (and finding) the wild camas lily at Sagehen Creek Field Station! Faerthen reports that the meadows at Sagehen are "off the hook this year!" Join the 3rd annual Sagehen Bioblitz on June 24. You bring your smartphone and enthusiasm, and together you'll look for birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, insects, spiders, trees, and flowers at the Field Station. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome! Free Admission, Kid Friendly. See the event on our page or Sagehen's for more info. California Naturalist Program, Central Sierra

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Program Updates

2017 RR Save the Date
Announcing 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.

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. 

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


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