Advanced Trainings

Being a California Naturalist is a commitment to life long learning. Here you can find training opportunities being offered by CalNat Program partnering organizations as well as the University of California. These continuing education opportunities are, unless otherwise noted, open to the public (Certified Naturalist or not). 

If you work with a partnering organization please submit new training opportunities here.

Nature and You Lecture: "The Wonderful World of Galls" with Mary K. Hanson

  • Organization Name
    Tuleyome
  • Brief course description

    Back by popular demand!  Tuleyome’s own in-house Certified California Naturalist (and gall expert), Mary K. Hanson will bring her lecture about the amazing world of galls to Woodland.  No doubt you’ve seen the large “oak apple” galls on trees throughout the region, but do you know what causes them to form?  And did you know there are hundreds of different galls that can be found around here?  Come to the lecture to learn about the wonderful weird world of galls and you will never look at a leaf (particularly an oak leaf) the same way again.

  • Start date
    10/24/2019
  • County location
    Yolo County

Project Learning Tree Curriculum Resources: Building Student Understanding of Fire Events

  • Organization Name
    Project Learning Tree
  • Brief course description

    Join us to explore the wonders of environmental topics such as Oak Woodland Ecosystem and Restoration through Project Learning Tree field activities.

    Participants will:

    • Receive a free Project Learning Tree K8 Guide with over 90 activities, EEI curriculum unit(s), and access to online
      FireWorks Curriculum
    • Learn how Project Learning Tree can engage students in outdoor field studies
    • Explore the Oak Woodland community of Community Soil Foundation with field naturalist
    • Learn an introduction to NGSS (new science standards) and Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs)
    • Be certified as a Project Learning Tree educator and gain access to online resources
  • Start date
    7/17/2019
  • County location
    Sonoma County

Hardcore Natural History Series: The Plastic Link in the Agriculture Supply Chain

  • Organization Name
    Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
  • Brief course description

    Daniella Russo and Greg Baxter are the co-founders of Think Beyond Plastic, the leader of a global multidisciplinary effort to identify and commercialize upstream innovations that eliminate plastic pollution, with focus on innovative product delivery systems. At Hardcore Natural History, they'll be discussing their work in agricultural supply chains in our area.

  • Start date
    7/18/2019
  • County location
    Monterey County

Community Science: Garden Phenology Walk

  • Organization Name
    UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
  • Brief course description

    The Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit.  Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network’s (link to USANPN) database for use in research, policy and land management.

    Phenology researcher Karen Tanner provides hands-on data collection training.

    Note: New time slot for sessions. Space is limited, advanced registration is recommmended.

  • Start date
    7/20/2019
  • County location
    Santa Cruz County

Nature and You Lecture: Butterflies in Yolo County

  • Organization Name
    Tuleyome
  • Brief course description

    Join the popular local butterfly expert and Professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Art Shapiro for a talk about butterflies.  Dr. Shapiro regularly monitors butterfly population trends on a transect across central California. Ranging from the Sacramento River delta, through the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada mountains, to the high desert of the western Great Basin, fixed routes at ten sites have been surveyed at approximately two-week intervals since as early as 1972. The sites represent the great biological, geological, and climatological diversity of central California.

  • Start date
    7/25/2019
  • County location
    Yolo County

Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Workshop

  • Organization Name
    Project Learning Tree
  • Brief course description
    • Build environmental literacy
    • Gain new strategies, teaching materials, and resources
    • Integrate current environmental issues while supporting California state standards

    Registration: http://ucanr.edu/tecoloteplt

  • Website for more information
  • Start date
    7/25/2019
  • County location
    San Bernardino County

Beginning Birding

  • Organization Name
    American River Conservancy
  • Brief course description

    Interested in birding but unsure where to start? Certified California Naturalist and wildlife photographer Hayley Crews will lead this class introducing the hobby of birding at a beginner level. We’ll briefly discuss basic terms and identifying tactics then walk an oak grasslands and a pond loop trying to spot some common species. A photographic hand-out will be provided showing bird species we’ll be likely to see. Responsible teens+ welcome. Rain cancels. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Gold Hill area).

  • Start date
    7/28/2019
  • County location
    El Dorado County

Sierra Nevada FireWorks Curriculum Training

  • Organization Name
    UC Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Brief course description

    Curious how to teach about wildfire in your classroom?
    The FireWorks Curriculum covers the physical science of combustion, fire history, successions, and fire effects on plants and animals with lessons for elementary, middle, and high school, so you can feel confident teaching about wildfire.

    Registration: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=27642

  • Website for more information
  • Start date
    8/1/2019 - 8/2/2019
  • County location
    El Dorado County

Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration

  • Organization Name
    UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station
  • Brief course description

    Our five-day introductory course emphasizes understanding geomorphic and ecological process as a sound basis for planning and designing river restoration. It covers general principles and case studies from a wide range of environments. Incorporating insights from recent research in fluvial geomorphology and ecology, the course emphasizes developing predictive connections between objectives and actions, learning from built restoration projects, and developing restoration strategies and innovative management approaches to address underlying causes of channel or ecosystem change, rather than prescriptive approaches.

  • Start date
    8/12/19
  • County location
    Nevada County

Community Science: Garden Phenology Walk

  • Organization Name
    UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
  • Brief course description

    The Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit.  Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network’s (link to USANPN) database for use in research, policy and land management.

    Phenology researcher Karen Tanner provides hands-on data collection training.

    Note: New time slot for sessions. Space is limited, advanced registration is recommmended.

  • Start date
    8/18/2019
  • County location
    Santa Cruz County

Nature and You Lecture: How Oaks Handle Stress

  • Organization Name
    Tuleyome
  • Brief course description

    Native oak trees are a very important part of the ecosystem in our local inner coastal mountains.  In recent years there have been droughts, very wet years, disease, wildfires, invasive species, and other environmental factors that add stress in the long life of an oak tree.  How are the oaks handling it?  What are the short-term and long-term strategies the native oak trees have to survive here in the past, present, and future?  How do the stress response strategies of different oak species differ and how does this relate to the ecology of these species? Do the local oaks have what it takes to survive the increasingly human altered environment? Dr. Benn has studied how plants perceive and react to environmental stress down to the molecular level.  He currently teaches an organismal diversity course at UC Davis and enjoys discussing local flora on public hikes with Tuleyome and other organizations.

  • Start date
    8/22/2019
  • County location
    Yolo County

Nature and You Lecture: The History of Local Mountain Wagon Roads

  • Organization Name
    Tuleyome
  • Brief course description

    In the mid-1800, the Blue ridge, a 2500-foot high mountain wall, was a major travel obstacle between the Sacramento Valley, Napa Valley, and Clear Lake. How did early settlers ever get wagons roads across this barrier? It’s a story of early explorers, a little taste of Bear Flag Revolt espionage, industrious farmers and business men, mercury mines, toll-road swindlers, a forgotten high pass, and dreams of narrow-gauge railroads. This history has been largely forgotten…. until now! Marc Hoshovsky, local geologist, ecologist, photographer and historian will tell us all he has learned about this incredible piece of almost-lost local history.

  • Start date
    9/26/2019
  • County location
    Yolo County

Community Science: Garden Phenology Walk

  • Organization Name
    UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
  • Brief course description

    The Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit.  Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network’s (link to USANPN) database for use in research, policy and land management.

    Phenology researcher Karen Tanner provides hands-on data collection training.

    Note: New time slot for sessions. Space is limited, advanced registration is recommmended.

  • Start date
    9/4/2019
  • County location
    Santa Cruz County