California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

Partner/Instructor Workshop 2017: Oakland

May 8-9, 2017, Oakland, California


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Lake Merritt, double crested cormorants. Photo credit: Stephen Lea.
Lake Merritt, double crested cormorants. Photo credit: Stephen Lea.

You are 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.

 Workshop agenda will include:

  • Instructor and participant expectations
  • Course tools, structure, syllabi, and customization
  • Financial information, marketing and promotion
  • Program evaluation
  • Experiential learning and citizen science
  • Working with adult audiences
  • Managing volunteers
  • Facilitated discussions

Each participant will receive a complete training manual and teaching tools. Lunch, beverages, and light snacks will be provided both days. Day 1 will cover the above agenda items and Day 2 will include field Naturalist activities and breakout discussions. Day 1 is not optional. Day 2 is optional, but highly encouraged. View draft agenda.

Training Team Includes: California Naturalist Program staff, with support from partner organization instructors. We thank our co-hosts at The Oakland Museum of California, Lake Merritt Rotary Nature Center, and the California Center for Natural History.

Place: Location day 1: Oakland Museum of California, Go here for directions. See agenda for detailed logistics.

Location day 2: Field Day at Lakeside Park Garden Center at The Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland. See agenda for detailed logistics.

Cost: $85. Register herePrice includes snacks, lunch both days, and training materials. Prior to the workshop, we recommend participants have become familiar with the UC California Naturalist Handbook that serves as the textbook for the program. The Handbook is not included in the cost. Click here for 30% off.

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. 

Lake Merritt, black-crowned night heron. Photo credit: Calibas.
Lake Merritt, black-crowned night heron. Photo credit: Calibas.

Travel: If you will be flying to Oakland area, we recommend Oakland International Airport (OAK). Oakland offers ample public transportation options. Click here for details on private car, shuttle, bus, and BART public transportation options to travel to the Oakland Museum of California on day 1 of the workshop. Please review draft agenda for further important details on logistics. 

Accommodations: While we are not making specific arrangements for overnight accommodations, if you require a room, there are many hotels near Lake Merritt. There are many options listed on TripAdvisor. CalNat staff are staying at the nearby Jack London Square. If you'd like to share the cost of a room, we will put workshop participants in touch with each other upon request.

Contact: Brook Gamble (northern California) or Marisa Rodriguez (Southern California) 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.

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