California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

Partner/Instructor Workshop 2018: Davis

November 8-9, 2018 

Yolo Basin Foundation  Davis, CA
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You're invited to participate in a workshop focused on how to create and teach the UC California Naturalist Program. The workshop is an introduction for organizations who have completed a partner interest form and have initiated plans together with the California Naturalist Program Team to offer the course to their community, volunteers, or staff. The workshop is one required step in the application process to partner with the program. It is also an opportunity for existing partners to have additional instructor team members trained in the program. Training team includes California Naturalist Program staff, with support from partner organizations. We thank our host, the Yolo Basin Foundation.

Day 1 (10am-5pm)  l  Day 2 (8:30am-2:00pm) Day 1 will cover key program items and Day 2 will include field Naturalist activities and discussions. Day 1 is mandatory. Day 2 is optional, but highly encouraged. 

Cost: $85. Price includes beverages, snacks, lunch both days, and training materials. Organizations that are currently planning courses with the California Naturalist Program will be given priority for participation. We encourage organizations to contact us with any questions prior to enrolling in the workshop.

Workshop Prep: Each participant will receive the following training materials in advance of the workshop: the instructor training manual, select handouts and worksheets. Please prepare for the workshop by reviewing these materials in advance. They will be provided to participants within several days of registering. View the agenda for a complete list of prep “homework assignments” (under the materials header). This will help facilitate the discussions.

Please download the provided materials on your laptop in advance. We will reference them during the training. Please note we are transitioning away from physical copies of the manual as the manual is updated frequently, and to save on paper resources. Please let us know if you would prefer a printed copy.

Additionally, we recommend participants become familiar with the UC California Naturalist website and the UC California Naturalist Handbook that serves as the textbook for the program. The Handbook is not included in the workshop cost. Click here for 30% off.

Location (Day 1&2): California Department of Fish & Wildlife conference room, Yolo Basin Foundation. Please read instructions on how to get there here.

Meals: Lunch, beverages, and light snacks will be provided both days. 

Travel: If you will be flying to into the area, we recommend Sacramento International Airport. It is within about a 30 minutes' drive from the venue.

Accommodations: While we are not making specific arrangements for overnight accommodations, if you require a room, there are hotels in the area. Please find a list of recommended accommodations in the Davis area here. CalNat staff are local to the area. If you'd like to share the cost of a room, we will put workshop participants in touch with each other upon request.

What to Bring:

  • Laptop and provided electronic materials downloaded to laptop
  • Pen/pencil and notebook
  • Ice breaker idea
  • Dress in layers for variable indoor/outdoor temperatures
  • Refillable water bottle and coffee mug
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat, sunglasses
  • Walking shoes
  • Recommended: Binoculars
  • Recommended: Smart phone with iNaturalist app preloaded (set up an account in advance)

Contact: Sarah Angulo, or (530) 750-1396, with any questions about the California Naturalist Program, to clarify your organization's objectives and make sure this workshop is right for you, and to discuss partnership with your organization.

The University of California prohibits discrimination or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities. Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found here.

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