California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

Frequently Asked Questions

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The California Naturalist Program is growing and we want to keep you informed. This FAQ page is designed to answer basic questions that UCANR County Directors, academics, staff, or potential partner organizations may have.
Where can I download California Naturalist materials for outreach or presentations?
Contact the California Naturalist Program Team
List of California Naturalist partners by County
 
 
What is the UC California Naturalist Program?
The mission of the UC California Naturalist Program (CalNat) is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service. Read more here.
 
How did the California Naturalist Program get started?
Julia Crawford (former 4H Advisor) and Adina Merenlender (CE Specialist) spoke at the UCANR natural resource continuing education conference about master naturalist programs in over 20 other states. Colleagues shared feedback that these programs have value, there is likely interest in California, but not enough ANR natural resource advisors or county based capacity to deliver the program out of county offices. Working with UCANR Program Council, a train-the-trainer model in collaboration with partner institutions was developed and piloted in 2010/11. Five courses were launched in 2012 and California Naturalist officially became a UCANR statewide program in 2014, at which point the Program Advisory Committee was appointed.
 
How do I become a California Naturalist?
To become a certified California Naturalist, participants need to enroll in a 40+ hour course with one of our partner organizations.
 
Who can become a California Naturalist?
The California Naturalist course is open to adults and has no pre-requisites other than an interest in learning about the natural world.
 
Where and when are California Naturalist courses offered?
The California Naturalist program collaborates with local partner organizations to deliver the certification course near you. Click here to see a map and calendar of upcoming courses. 
 
Why support the California Naturalist Statewide Program?
The California Naturalist program supports a growing community of naturalists who can work or volunteer in a wide range of activities that support the stewardship of our natural resources including conservation and restoration, citizen science, environmental education and civic engagement. Naturalists may in turn volunteer with other statewide programs and projects such as 4-H, Project Learning Tree, and Master Gardener programs.
 
How can I stay informed about California Naturalist news?
To stay abreast of all the latest developments within the California Naturalist program sign up for our e-newsletter here. View archives here.
 
How do I request data on the California Naturalist Program in my area?
To request data on the number of courses, instructors, and naturalists trained in your area, as well as other program performance measures such as volunteer engagement, please contact Greg Ira.
 
How do I start a new California Naturalist Program in my area?
If there is no California Naturalist Program in your area, click here for information on the requirements for potential partnering organizations.  
 
Where can I download California Naturalist materials for outreach or presentations? Download this zip file for logos, sample text, a flier for potential participants, and an introductory PowerPoint presentation. Please contact us for more specific needs.
 
Contact the California Naturalist Program Team
Have a question for someone from the California Naturalist team? Click here to meet the team and learn their roles in the program.
 
 
Name
Title
Email
Phone
Location
Adina Merenlender
Director
(707) 744-1424 Ext. 106
ANR Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449-9717
Sabrina L
Associate Director
(805) 645-1466
Cooperative Extension Ventura County
669 County Square Drive, #100
Ventura, CA 93003-5401
J “Brook” Gamble
Community Education Specialist (Northern CA)
(707) 744-1424 x108
ANR Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449-9717
Marisa Rodriguez
Community Education Specialist (Southern CA)
(626) 238-7628
UC Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County
700 W. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
Gregory “Greg” Ira
Program Coordinator
(530) 750-1265
UC ANR
2801 Second Street
Davis, CA 95618
 
 
List of California Naturalist partners by County
The list below shows the currently active CalNat partnering organizations by county.
 
Program Name
Program #
 
County
Jepson Herbarium
9825
 
Alameda
Calaveras Big Trees Association
9981
 
Calaveras
Lindsay Wildlife/Mt Diablo (2017)
10431
 
Contra Costa
American River Conservancy
9821
 
El Dorado
Sierra Foothill Conservancy
9836
 
Fresno
College of the Redwoods
10444
 
Humboldt
Friends of the Dunes - Humboldt Coastal NC
10604
 
Humboldt
Tejon Ranch Conservancy
9841
 
Kern
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
9822
 
Los Angeles
National Forest Foundation (multi-course)
10255
 
Los Angeles
Pasadena City College
9830
 
Los Angeles
USC Sea Grant/SeaLab
9846
 
Los Angeles
Wishtoyo Foundation
10571
 
Los Angeles
Point Reyes National Seashore Association
9832
 
Marin
SPAWN
9839
 
Marin
Sierra Nevada Research Station
9837
 
Mariposa
Hopland Research & Extension Center
9824
 
Mendocino
UC Merced Vernal Pools & Grassland Reserve
9843
 
Merced
Pacific Grove Natural History Museum
9829
 
Monterey
Sagehen Creek Field Station
9833
 
Nevada
Sierra Streams Institute
9838
 
Nevada
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
9844
 
Riverside
UCR-Palm Desert Center
10564
 
Riverside
Effie Yeaw/American River Natural History Association
9823
 
Sacramento
Southern California Mountains Foundation
10332
 
San Bernardino
Preserva Calavera/Coastal North San Diego County
10093
 
San Diego
Camp Ocean Pines
10180
 
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
9835
 
Santa Barbara
Grassroots Ecology (Acterra Stewardship)
10217
 
Santa Clara
West Valley College
10112
 
Santa Clara
Santa Rosa Junior College/Pepperwood Preserve
9831
 
Santa Rosa
Audubon Canyon Ranch (Bourverie & Griffin preserves)
10603
 
Sonoma
Sonoma Ecology Center
10310
 
Sonoma
Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods (OAEC)
9840
 
Sonoma
Sequioa Parks Conservancy (includes Sequioa NP)
10605
 
Tulare
New Melones Resevoir
9827
 
Tuolomne
Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
10182
 
Ventura
Tuleyome
10606
 
Yolo
Yolo Basin Foundation
10565
 
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