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UC California Naturalist Program

Naturalist News & Inspiration

Program Updates



During the Covid-19 Shelter In Place orders, the CalNat team is working from home assembling guidance, materials, and resources to support instructors as we help partners implement hybrid delivery models of the UC California Naturalist certification course. Our goal is to provide naturalists meaningful ways to learn and explore hyper-locally through this period and into the future and to develop online curriculum that will enhance the amazing existing experience of the CalNat course. Meanwhile, some courses have been postponed, and some opted to be the first to transition to an online or hybrid delivery model. Our calendar located on this home page has the most up to date information about upcoming courses. We hope you're safe and we wish you well!

CalNat/Project Learning Tree Online Professional Development Trainings. This fall, CalNat will offer Professional Development training for informal and formal educators to learn ways to integrate this award-winning curriculum and become a certified Project Learning Tree educator. Workshops are full, but we have a waitlist


 August Newsletter: Finding Resiliance Within the California Naturalist CommunitySubscribe to future newsletters here.

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 Climate Change and UC Climate Stewards. There is power within all of us to tackle some of the immediate effects of climate change. The UC Climate Stewards (UCCS) course is a new certification course that will be offered through the UC California Naturalist program. UCCS prepares individuals to communicate and engage in local solutions to advance community and ecosystem resilience. Read about our recent instructor training launch and the significance of our new course emblem

CalNat Advisory Committee & Lead Scientist Update: The California Naturalist Program's Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is a volunteer advisory group to the Director designed to provide feedback to the program, guide priorities, assist in evaluation, strengthen collaborations, and support program development efforts. We are pleased to welcome new PAC members and our first UC California Naturalist Lead Scientist.

Meet the Naturalists: Check Out Our New California Naturalist Story Map. In pictures and words, we seek to share the inspiring stories of California Naturalists from around the state.


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Share Your California Naturalist Story! We all came to be a California Naturalist through different avenues and motivations. We all have different life experience, perspective, and talents we bring to the Californian Naturalist community. And yet we all have a keen interest in nature in common. We want to share your unique story.

Download this California Naturalist Handbook Flier for 30% off from the publisher, UC Press.