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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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Some uplifting news to start your day! Wisdom, who at 66 is the world’s oldest known breeding wild bird, has returned once again to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and she is currently incubating an egg! Laysan albatross are regular visitors in California, found well offshore typically during late fall and winter. http://usfwspacific.tumblr.com/post/154164722795/wisdom-returns-to-midway-atoll-andshes

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Russ DiFiori, our Pasadena City College CalNat instructor, leads a field trip to Eaton Canyon Waterfall on day two of the California Naturalist Instructor Training. Participants shared best practices for field trips, discussed field notebooks and journaling, practiced hands-on environmental education activities, and recorded observations in iNaturalist.org. If you were at #CalNat2016, you may recall that Russ shared Goethe-style interpretive techniques in the speed talks. The video is well worth 5 minutes of your time! https://lecture.ucanr.edu/Mediasite/Play/b271dc21a91847e8a363912e587b871a1d

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Participants of the Fall 2016 UC California Naturalist Instructor Training at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Pasadena. Day one covered building an instructional team, course elements, citizen science, and evaluation and reporting. Day two includes a field trip to Eaton Canyon Waterfall and sessions on journaling, leading a field trip, using iNaturalist.org and planning your course. Looking forward to the continued expansion of the program through our growing community of partners and instructors.

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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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