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SoCal Instructor Training 2020: LA County Arboretum

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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. We encourage ALL partners who have not attended an Instructor Workshop in the past three years to attend. Training team includes California Naturalist Program staff, with support from partner organizations. Space is limited and 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.

March 3, Day 1 (10am-5pm) Day 1 will cover key program components to organizing and executing your California Naturalist course.

March 4, Day 2 (10am-5pm) Day 2 will include a Project Learning Tree (PLT) Education Workshop. This workshop is designed to enhance educator's content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and use of technology in the design and delivery of outdoor education programs in California. Through this workshop, participants will become PLT Certified Educators.

Cost: $85 for both days. Day 1 is mandatory. Day 2 is optional, but highly encouraged. Both are included in the flat registration fee. Separate registration for the Day 2 workshop is not necessary. Both include beverages, snacks, lunch both days, and training materials.

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 a week 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.

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): LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Map to LA Arboretum

Meals: Morning snacks, lunch, beverages, and light snacks will be provided both days. Dinners are on your own, though the group may choose to dine together on Day 1.

Travel: If you will be flying to into the area, we recommend the Hollywood/Burbank Airport or Ontario International Airport.

What to Bring:

  • Laptop and provided electronic materials downloaded to laptop
  • Pen/pencil and notebook
  • Ice breaker idea
  • 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)

Hotels: We have no partnership with hotels but the Vagabond Inn in Pasadena is very close to the Arboretum. Book early as we will not be blocking rooms.

Registration: Please follow this link to register for the training.

Contact: Eliot Freutel etfreutel@ucanr.edu (626)586-1985 for any questions about the California Naturalist Program.