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Spring Partner/Instructor Workshop 2021: Virtual Statewide

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March 9, 10, & 12 from 2:30 - 4:30 PM

Due to in-person meeting safety restrictions from COVID-19, the UC California Naturalist Program (CalNat) is moving our annual Southern California instructor training online. Existing and potential partners statewide are invited to participate in the virtual instructor training March 9, 10, & 12, 2:30 - 4:30 PM. 

The training 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. For new partner organizations, attending a training is one required step in the application process to offer the course. For our existing established programs, this training is optional for any new instructors that are part of your team, those who have not attended a training within the last 3 years, or those interested in CalNat's online curriculum tips and resources. 


Cost: $40 per person.

Attendance: Instructors must complete all 3 sessions and review asynchronous materials.

Registration and payment: Please complete the survey using this link to confirm your attendance no later than 5:00 PM Wednesday, March 4. Space is limited and organizations that are currently planning courses with the California Naturalist Program in 2021-2022 will be given priority for participation.

Training team: The training team includes California Naturalist Program staff, with support from our network of experienced program instructors. 

Asynchronous materials: Prior to each class session registrants will receive the Zoom meeting access information, as well as materials for asynchronous review. To reduce the amount of time spent in a Zoom meeting, we have prepared these materials with essential information to learn about the CalNat program and ensure a successful course. We will reference them in the live sessions, so please be sure to look over all.

Additionally, we recommend participants become familiar with the program website and the 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.


Agenda (subject to change)

Session 1, March 9: Program Overview & Certification Requirements 
Introductions, the CalNat program overview, course requirements, online learning.
Pre-session materials: Create a personal iNaturalist account, watch the CalNat introductory video (5 min), review the Instructor Manual (will be emailed to registrants).

Session 2, March 10: Administrative Elements
Course administrative cycle, timeline of events, other administrative responsibilities.
Pre-session materials: Look over Collaborative Tools resources, complete the instructor team worksheet, brainstorm a capstone project idea list, review the VMS help page

Session 3, March 12: CalNat Pedagogy
CalNat community of practice, designing an inclusive course, outreach and marketing, CalNat from the naturalist's view, instructor panel.
Pre-session materials: Read Recommendations to Increase Inclusivity and Representation in the UC California Naturalist Certification Course by Celeste Gasperik, Browse the CalNat YouTube channel


Contact: Eliot Freutel Southern California Community Education Specialist with any accommodation needs or questions: etfreutel@ucanr.edu or cell phone (562)810-1656.