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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). 

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

Intro to Insects

  • Organization Name
    Pepperwood Preserve, Santa Rosa
  • Brief course description

    Given that Sonoma County has issued a “shelter in place” directive, Pepperwood is taking measures to support and protect our community from exposure to COVID-19. To that end, we are temporarily closing the Dwight Center for Conservation Science and Pepperwood Preserve, and cancelling or postponing all public programming, classes, events, and volunteer workdays through April 7th. We will continue to monitor the evolving circumstances and notify you as soon as is feasible of any changes to this situation.

    Insects have long been recognized as the most diverse group of living things on earth – with their numbers in both quantity and distinct species outnumbering that of anything else. So where can one begin to understand this rich world of entomology? In your own backyard, of course! Join entomologist Elliott Smeds for a day of investigating insects at Pepperwood. In this class, you will learn the basic body parts of an insect, as well as how to tell the differences between the most common insect orders. You will practice identifying specimens using field guides and your new-found knowledge. Learn about the fascinating lives of these creatures by exploring their ecological roles and relationships. This class will include time hiking to collect samples, as well as lecture and lab time in the classroom.

  • Start date
    05/30/2020
  • County location
    Sonoma County

Nature and You Lecture Series: Tricolored Blackbirds

  • Organization Name
    Tuleyome
  • Brief course description

    Tricolored blackbirds (agelaius tricolor) look very much like the abundant and widespread red-winged blackbird, to which they are closely related, but they are a distinct and unique species with different behaviors.  The Tricolored blackbird is highly gregarious and breeds in colonies that historically numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Today, their entire population has declined to less than 200,000 and continues to decline.  Join UC Davis Biologist and Tricolored blackbird expert, Bob Meese, to hear about this interesting local bird, the challenges it faces, and the science of monitoring this species.

  • Website for more information
  • Start date
    5/28/2020
  • County location
    Yolo County

Forestry Institute for Teachers (Plumas, Tuolumne, Shasta and Humboldt counties)

  • Organization Name
    Project Learning Tree-UC Cooperative Extension
  • Brief course description

    The Forestry Institute for Teachers is a multi-day residence workshop developed by the California Society of American Foresters, University of California Cooperative Extension, Shasta County Office of Education, The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and Project Learning Tree. The goal of FIT is to provide K-12 teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest resource management practices using award winning environmental education curriculum.

    June 14-20, Plumas County
       June 21-27, Tuolumne County

       July 5-11, Shasta County
       July 12-18, Humboldt County

    CORONA VIRUS (COVID - 19) NOTICE:  IF A SESSION IS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE CORONA VIRUS, THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR THOSE THAT WERE ACCEPTED AND DID NOT VOLUNTARILY WITHDRAW FROM THE SESSION WILL BE REFUNDED.

  • Website for more information
  • Start date
    6/14/2020 to 6/14/2020 (see other sessions below)
  • County location
    N / A