California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

The mission of the California Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service.

Current News

Save the Date for the 2016 California Naturalist Conference:  Observe nature. Foster partnerships. Plan for change; September 9-11, 2016; Pali Mountain Retreat & Conference Center in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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2015 CalNat Service Pin
This year we feature the endemic California Newt! To acknowledge your hard work, we will issue this beautiful 18k gold and enamel pin to every certified California Naturalist that logs at least 40 volunteer hours in the volunteer portal by the end of the calendar year. Thanks for all you do, Naturalists!

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

California Naturalist Program Receives National Award. We received the honor of "2015 Program of the Year"  from the Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs! 


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