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.
The UC California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California’s natural communities. The California Naturalist program uses a science curriculum, hands-on learning, problem-solving, and community service to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state and to inspire individuals to become stewards of their local resources. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.
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CA Naturalist Calendar
|Tuolumne CO CalNat Course: New Melones Reservoir Visitor Center||9/17/2014|
|Santa Barbara Botanic Garden/Sedgwick Reserve CalNat Course||10/1/2014|
|Inland Mendocino Naturalist Reunion||12/13/2014|
|Partner Workshop & Instructor Training at the San Diego Natural History Museum||1/29/2015|
|American River Conservancy CalNat Course||2/4/2015|
|Sierra Foothill Conservancy CalNat Course||3/13/2015|
|Inland Mendocino CalNat Course||3/23/2015|
Shop the new CalNat on-line store! Organic ring spun cotton tee-shirts for kids, women and men; reusable 100% post-consumer recycled ChicoBags, and made-in-USA ball caps. The new web store is hosted by our friends at Acorn Naturalists: providing naturalists, teachers, outdoor educators, and parents with unique resources for the trail and classroom for 25 years.
2014 Inaugural #CalNat Conference video, abstracts, posters and more will be posted soon on the conference website.
CalNat Scholarships Available! Great news for naturalists interested in taking a 2015 course in the San Joaquin Valley and central Sierra region.
Save the Date! January 29-30, 2015: Instructor Workshop at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Workshops are focused on how to create and teach the UC California Naturalist Program. These workshops are for organizations interested in partnering with University of California ANR to offer the California Naturalist Program to their community, volunteers, or staff. Details including registration and agenda will be posted here as they emerge.
The California Naturalist Program Hits Its Stride: An overview of the Fall Conference and interview with Co-Directors Drill & Merenlender who talk about their vision of growing our community of practice to include more workforce training, increase parks capacity, and encourage teacher development. In the 10/30/14 UC ANR Green Blog.