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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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TGIF! We leave you on this long weekend with a poem by California Naturalist (Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 2013) and Point Lobos docent Susan Miller. Susan's poem is printed on the intertidal pamphlet which is free for visitors. Beckoning Days by the shore, so happy and free The cool ocean breeze says, “Come visit me.” Small sea shore creatures litter the shore Happy little children want to see more. So much to see, don't be a grouch Careful where you step or you'll say, “Ouch!” Pick it up gently for a look see Put it back where you found it and happy it'll be. Days by the shore, so happy and free The cool ocean breeze says, Come visit me.” by Susan Miller

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I want to bring this to your attention. There's a fun new way to support California State Parks.

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Do you receive our monthly e-newsletter? Click to sign up and check out the latest course schedule, notable California Naturalists, advanced training, and more. This month we feature a note from our Director encouraging you to reach out to your fellow naturalists and immerse yourselves in nature for shared learning and the inspiration, solace, and rejuvenation it brings.

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In exchange for logging at least 40 service hours in the 2016 calendar year, certified California Naturalists will receive a beautiful 18k gold and enamel pin service pin as our thank you. Log your hours now!

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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