Hero Image
American River College CalNat Courses
Contact: Jennifer Neale, NealeJ@arc.losrios.edu
Sponsor: UC California Naturalist

Full course page: http://calnat.ucanr.edu/Take_a_class/American_River_College/#Fall

Take any of the following courses in the Environmental Conservation Program at American River College Department of Natural Resources to obtain California Naturalist Certification. Environmental Conservation is an interdisciplinary program that advances the understanding of ecological systems and their interrelationships, including those with human society. Everyone is welcome! No prerequisites.

Upcoming fall courses with embedded California Naturalist Certification:


 NATR 320 Principles of Ecology
 NATR 330 Native Trees and Shrubs of California



NATR 320    Principles of Ecology 
4 Units Course Transferable to UC/CSU
This course covers basic principles of ecology, including the physical and biological factors of different environments in relation to the distribution and abundance of plants and animals. Emphasis is on the management of ecosystems using ecological principles and the understanding of current ecological issues. Field trips are required.

Dates: August 24-December 19, 2019
Lecture: Wed 6-9:05pm in Sci rm 415
Labs: Saturdays (with one exception) and include 4 on-campus labs (1-4:05pm on 8/24, 9/7, 9/14, and 12/7 in Room ER002) and 6 off-campus day trips on 9/21, 10/5, 10/12, TUESDAY 10/29, 11/9, and 11/23. [Students are allowed to substitute one "on-your-own" trip (from provided options) for any one of these scheduled group trips]. 

NATR 330    Native Trees and Shrubs of California    
4 Units Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course
This dendrology course covers classification and ecology of major natural plant communities of California and their component tree and shrub species. Emphasis is placed on biotic and abiotic factors of native woody plant distribution and abundance in northern California, focusing on characterization of the dominant vegetation types and identification of native woody species. Major topics include plant adaptation, evolution, and diversity in time and space; morphology and physiology; life history; soils, climate, and topography; endemism; interspecific and intraspecific interactions; invasive species; disease; anthropogenic and natural environmental change; human uses of native plants; and native plant restoration and conservation. This course involves the creation of a plant collection including at least 60 representative native woody species. Field trips are required.

Dates: August 24-December 19, 2019
Lecture: Mon 1:30-4:35pm in Arts&Sci rm 112
Lab: Fridays (but not mandatory and totally amazing overnight trip below) and include 2 on-campus labs 1:30-4:35pm on 9/6 and 12/6; an overnight trip to the Lassen area 9/27-9/28; and off-campus day trips on 9/13, 9/20, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, and 11/22. Students are required to attend the overnight trip, both on-campus labs, and 5 of the 6 day trips. Lab fee of $15 is required from each student. 


Course fees: ARC class fees are $46 per unit (without financial aid). In addition to unit fees and lab fees (eligible for hardship fee waiver), California Naturalist Certification fee ($55 per student) will be covered for most students by a scholarship fund through the Environmental Conservation program’s current Strong Workforce grant.


Fall Natural Resources course listing

New students--apply

Current students--enroll

Enrollment services

Contact: Jennifer Neale, NealeJ@arc.losrios.edu 

Instructor bio: Dr. Jennifer Neale has been working in the environmental field for more than 30 years. Her formal education includes a B.A. in Environmental Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz, M.S. in Wildlife Biology from U.C. Berkeley, Ph.D. in Ecology from U.C. Davis, and Post-doc in Environmental Toxicology and Immunology. She has also studied California floristics with a focus on native vascular plants especially in the context of wildlife habitat.  Her research and teaching background has focused on vertebrate wildlife and terrestrial vascular plants; she has been working full-time as a professor at American River College since 2006.