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CalNat Dispatches

A UC Merced research study looked at how plants respond to rising carbon dioxide levels on a global scale. According to the findings, plants grow faster as levels increase. Without the plants' activity, levels would be even higher. However, the rate of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is faster than what plants can take up.

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Are you looking for a new hat to keep the sun off your face, a soft tee shirt to accompany you on your adventures, or a bag to haul all your naturalist gear? Check out our on-line store, hosted by our friends at Acorn Naturalists: bit.ly/calnatstore

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Behold the mighty cacti! Researchers continue to uncover how cacti adapt to adversity and harsh environments. A better understanding of the plants and the tricks they use to live in hot and dry conditions is important as temperatures rise and water scarcity increases.

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Program Updates

CalNat New Partner/Instructor Workshop scheduled for Oakland, May 8-9 at The Oakland Museum of California and Lake MerrittThe workshop is an introduction for organizations who have completed a partner interest form and have initiated plans together with the California Naturalist Program Team to offer the course to their community, volunteers, or staff. The workshop is one required step in the application process to partner with the program.


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: 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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