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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). This is a growing and ever evolving list so make sure to check back frequently!

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

 

Science Speaker Series: Meadow Restoration: An Experimental Study of Beavers

Organization Name
Sierra Streams Institute
Brief course description

Details TBA

Start date
3/12/19
County location
Nevada County

Citizen Science UCSC Arboretum Phenology Walk

Organization Name
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
Brief course description

Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.

Start date
3/16/19
County location
Santa Cruz County

California Geology: The Big Picture Seminar

Organization Name
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Brief course description

In this presentation, we will take a “big picture” look at California’s remarkable geology through the lens of plate tectonics. You will see how our state has been stitched together from bits and pieces of ancient islands that drifted across the Pacific, twisted and reformed by powerful tectonic forces, dominated by gigantic volcanoes, repeatedly carved by glaciers and rivers, and rifted apart by massive faults…all of which have shaped California into the amazing and beautiful landscapes we enjoy today.

Start date
3/19/19
County location
Sacramento County

Hardcore Natural History Series: Unearthing the California Grizzly

Organization Name
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Brief course description

Explore the natural history of the now-extinct California Grizzly with Dr. Alexis M. Mychajliw of the La Brea Tar Pits. Her current work includes researching bone fragments of grizzly bears and using the results to get an idea of their behavior, diet, and where they lived here in California — using the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History’s specimens as part of her research. Using this data, Dr. Mychajliw hopes to model the possible effects of a grizzly reintroduction to our current state landscape.

Website for more information
Start date
3/21/19
County location
Monterey County

Conservation Icon Series: Defending the Earth

Organization Name
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Brief course description

Lindsay Wildlife’s Conservation Icons is bringing Joel Reynolds, of the Natural Resources Defense Council to Walnut Creek as a premiere speaker for the second annual Conservation Icons series to talk about Defending the Earth.

Since 1980, Reynolds has specialized in complex law-reform litigation, arguing cases on behalf of environmental and community groups at all levels of the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also led several of the NRDC’s largest campaigns: to preserve the birthing lagoon of gray whales in Baja California; to protect the California State Park at San Onofre; to reduce underwater noise pollution that threatens ocean wildlife; and, most recently, to halt the construction of the environmentally destructive Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

Since 2012, he has served as chair of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy, one of California’s largest land trusts. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School.

Start date
3/23/2019
County location
Contra Costa County

Nature and You Lecture: Wildfire to Wildflowers – Field Sketching in Stebbins Cold Canyon After the Wragg Fire

Organization Name
Tuleyome
Brief course description

In 2015, after Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve burned in the Wragg Fire, Robin Carlson began visiting the reserve monthly to document in drawings the reserve’s response to the fire. The different habitats present in the reserve provide a glimpse into a variety of strategies that plants and animals use to anticipate and respond to fire, and thrive in its aftermath. Robin will give an overview of how she approaches field sketching and will talk in depth about the idea of using sketching to pay close attention to a place and its inhabitants and observe changes in that place over time.

Website for more information
Start date
3/28/19
County location
Yolo County

The Yolo Bypass - A Key Link in the State's Water and Flood Picture

Organization Name
Yolo Basin Foundation
Brief course description
The Yolo Bypass is central, both geographically and in importance, to California’s water supply and flood protection system. However, proposed modifications to the Yolo Bypass to enhance habitat for out migrating endangered winter and spring-run young salmon means the Yolo Bypass will be key to the continued pumping of water south for agriculture and urban users. Pete will dive into the existing biological opinion for salmon, describing what it means for the current operations of the pumps of both state and federal water projects. Take a look at the now century-old role that the Bypass plays in the flood protection system for the Central Valley and particularly for safeguarding the State Capitol. Pete will take us on a journey of the Yolo Bypass of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Website for more information
Start date
3/7/19
County location

Hardcore Nature History Series: State of the Redwoods

Organization Name
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Brief course description

Dr Emily Burns, lead scientist of the Save the Redwoods League, will be presenting an overview of the current status of the Coastal Redwood population. She will explore not only the whole population, but focus on our population of redwoods in the Santa Lucia range. Using recent research, she will show how the current tree populations are responding to climate change along our central coast.

Start date
4/18/19
County location
Monterey County

Thinking Like a Naturalist: Reclaiming the Art of Natural History with John Muir Laws

Organization Name
Calaveras Big Trees Association
Brief course description
Naturalist and illustrator John Muir Laws will demonstrate simple and fun techniques you can incorporate into your own recreational nature study or to share with others. A perfect experience for teachers, home school parents, and anyone interested in taking their birding and nature study to the next level.
Start date
4/20/19
County location

Nature and You Lecture: The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

Organization Name
Tuleyome
Brief course description
Please join the monument manager, Rebecca Wong, to learn about our local National Monument, where is it?, what makes it unique?, why was it created?, what exactly is a National Monument?, how does the creation of a monument affect land use?, how do I visit it?
Website for more information
Start date
4/25/19
County location

City Nature Challenge 2019

Organization Name
California Academy of Sciences and Natural History Museum of LA County
Brief course description
The City Nature Challenge began as a nature-observation competition between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County in 2016, organized around simple charge: “which city can find the most nature?” Since then, the competition has expanded rapidly, and this year more than 120 cities. Participants use the iNaturalist app to photograph, catalogue, identify, and organize observations of wildlife in their area – the city with the highest number of observations wins! Bioblitz and ID Party events are happening in cities all over California. Find an event near you to volunteer you iNaturalist skills or participate! The California Naturalist program headquarters in Davis is teaming up with the UC Davis School of Education's Center for Community and Citizen Science, UC Davis Evolution and Ecology Department, and other partners in the region to put Sacramento on the list this year, and get our regional community involved. We’ve launched a dedicated website for the Sacramento City Nature Challenge, and we’ll be updating this over time with information about events, resources for organizing your own participation, and other information. Stay tuned!
Website for more information
Start date
4/26/19
County location

Project Learning Tree Facilitator Training

Organization Name
Project Learning Tree
Brief course description

Current Facilitators and Interested Educators: Strengthen your practices using NEW Facilitator materials, become a Certified Project Learning Tree Facilitator and refresh your knowledge, skills, and facilitation of ecological teaching and learning experiences!

  • Explore the new PLT online E-Units on Treemendous Science, Energy in Ecosystems, and Carbon and Climate
  • Practice with new educator tools to create NGSS Units of Study using PLT storylines.
  • Learn how PLT best practices are being integrated into partnership programs such as CA 4-H, California Naturalist, Stewards of Coast and Redwoods, and Schoolyard Habitats.
  • Refresh your facilitation skills and explore new outcome based agendas and thematic approaches to workshop delivery supporting the NGSS three dimensions.
  • Join the CA PLT network of Certified Project Learning Tree Facilitators!

April 5 & 6 at Blodgett Forest Research Station

For sign-ups and more information contact stderby@ucanr.edu 

Website for more information
Start date
4/5/2019 - 4/6/2019
County location
Tuolumne County

Science Illustration: Focusing on the Details

Organization Name
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Brief course description
Join Instructor Mona Luo in our next science illustration workshop! The goal of this workshop is to teach participants to elevate their drawing abilities (no matter their experience level!) by adding more details to their work. We will focus on how to hone our observational skills as well as learning some tips and tricks for adding these details to our drawings. Some of the drawing subjects will include rendering fur, feathers, and shine. Most importantly, participants will leave knowing how to better see and appreciate the little things around us in nature. All experience levels are welcome! Please bring a sharp or mechanical pencil, eraser, and your own paper.
Start date
4/6/19
County location

Beginning Birding Series

Organization Name
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Brief course description
Interested in birds but don’t know where to start? This class will introduce the basics of birding, from binoculars to ethics. In four classroom sessions, we will learn the distinguishing marks of the 100 most common birds of Effie Yeaw Nature Center and the American River Parkway. Photos, many of them taken locally, will be supplemented by the sounds birds make, which are often the best way to find and identify birds. We will have two field trips, where we will see and hear birds in a variety of local habitats. Appropriate for ages 14 and up.
Start date
4/9/19
County location

Science Speaker Series: Impact of a Warmer Drier Future: Rangeland Ecosystems

Organization Name
Sierra Streams Institute
Brief course description
Start date
4/9/2019
County location
Nevada County

Science Speaker Series: Drought, Tree Mortality, and Wildfire in Sierra Nevada Forests

Organization Name
Sierra Streams Institute
Brief course description
Start date
5/14/2019
County location
Nevada County

Spring CALeDNA Community Science Event

Organization Name
UC Merced Vernal Pools & Grassland Reserve
Brief course description
Calling all community scientists! Come on out to the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve on Sunday, May 20 (9-12pm) and help UCM researchers, Dr. Jason Sexton and Dr. Dannise Ruiz Ramos, collect soil samples on the Reserve! All samples will be sent to UCLA to process for DNA sequences in the soils to help discover the biodiversity of microbes, plants, and animals! Training will be provided. If you are interested, please email Monique Kolster (mkolster@ucmerced.edu).
Website for more information
Start date
5/20/19
County location

Nature and You Lecture: Grizzly Bears, the History and Future of Grizzlies in the Pacific Northwest and California

Organization Name
Tuleyome
Brief course description

Please join the Ecologist, Naturalist, and Grizzly Bear expert, Rick Sitts for a lecture on Grizzly Bears. Learn about their history, ecology, and survival in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as well as issues surrounding their reintroduction into former ranges.

Website for more information
Start date
5/23/19
County location
Yolo County

Conservation Icon Series: Everything Bees

Organization Name
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Brief course description

Frankie is the foremost expert on California bees as a Cal professor, researcher at the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab and coauthor of California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists. 

The research group at Cal has been working since 1987 on documenting bee diversity and bee frequencies on wild California plants in several northern California sites. California is home to over sixteen hundred species of undomesticated bees–most of them native–that populate and pollinate gardens, fields, and urban green spaces.

During the past 21 years Frankie has documented bee diversity, seasonality, and host plant preferences of most species at several northern California sites and three sites in a seasonal dry forest in Costa Rica. He has discovered that urban residential areas can support high diversities of local bee species. His work is trying to tackle the global pollinator decline and the broad search for new ways to conserve and protect pollinators in a variety of habitats.

Start date
5/25/2019
County location
Contra Costa County

Project Learning Tree Facilitator Training

Organization Name
Project Learning Tree
Brief course description

Current Facilitators and Interested Educators: Strengthen your practices using NEW Facilitator materials, become a Certified Project Learning Tree Facilitator and refresh your knowledge, skills, and facilitation of ecological teaching and learning experiences!

  • Explore the new PLT online E-Units on Treemendous Science, Energy in Ecosystems, and Carbon and Climate
  • Practice with new educator tools to create NGSS Units of Study using PLT storylines.
  • Learn how PLT best practices are being integrated into partnership programs such as CA 4-H, California Naturalist, Stewards of Coast and Redwoods, and Schoolyard Habitats.
  • Refresh your facilitation skills and explore new outcome based agendas and thematic approaches to workshop delivery supporting the NGSS three dimensions.
  • Join the CA PLT network of Certified Project Learning Tree Facilitators!

June dates TBA, location San Diego

For sign-ups and more information contact stderby@ucanr.edu 

Website for more information
Start date
6/1/2019 - 6/2/2019
County location
San Diego County

The Science of Nature

Organization Name
Calaveras Big Trees Association
Brief course description
Doc Nancy is an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Northern Arizona University, a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Virginia Semester At Sea program, and a Fulbright Scholar who taught biology and astronomy and conducted research in Siberia in the Russian Federation. Nancy is a retired National Park Ranger, which included working 14 seasons in Sequoia National Park. She is the author of several books and recently assisted in the update of “Enduring Giants: The Epic Story of Giant Sequoia and the Big Trees of Calaveras.”
Start date
6/15/19
County location

Me Wuk of the Big Trees

Organization Name
Calaveras Big Trees Association
Brief course description

Presented by Carlos Geisdorff, Me Wuk Language Program Manager for the Tuolumne Tribal Council.

Start date
7/6/19
County location
Calaveras 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

Dark Sky Festival

Organization Name
Sequoia Parks Conservancy
Brief course description

The Dark Sky Festival is the largest night sky festival in Central California and takes place in various locations throughout Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks including the Foothills, Mineral King, Giant Forest, Lodgepole, Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, as well as Lake Kaweah in Three Rivers. Over 50 programs will be offered this year including tours, stargazing, guest speakers, movies, musical performances, and more.

Start date
8/23/19
County location
Tulare County

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