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: 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

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
    N / A

Project Learning Tree Facilitator Training

  • Organization Name
    Project Learning Tree
  • Brief course description

    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 7 & 8 at the Tecolote Nature Center, San Diego

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

  • Website for more information
  • Start date
    6/7/2019 - 6/8/2019
  • County location
    San Diego County

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