California Naturalist
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California Naturalist

Partner/Instructor Workshop 2018: LA County Arboertum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia

June 12-13, 2018

LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden  Arcadia, 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 Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

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. View draft agenda.

Cost: $85. Register here. 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 draft agenda for a complete list of prep “homework assignments” (under the materials header on pg 1-2). This will help facilitate the discussions.

Please download the provided materials on your laptop in advance (WiFi is limited in the Palm Room). We will reference them during the training.  Please let us know if there is information we can help you/your organization find.

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): Palm Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden (301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007). Download arboretum map. (Note: Cellular service is available outdoors at the arboretum. There is limited to no cellular service in the Palm Room.)

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

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

Accommodations: While we are not making specific arrangements for overnight accommodations, if you require a room, there are hotels in the area. There are many options listed on TripAdvisor. 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 electronic materials downloaded on laptop (Day 1 only)
  • Pen/pencil and notebook
  • Ice breaker idea
  • Dress in layers for variable indoor/outdoor temperatures
  • Refillable water bottle and coffee mug
  • Sunscreen (Day 2)
  • Hat, sunglasses (Day 2)
  • Walking shoes (Day 2)
  • Optional: Smart phone with iNaturalist app preloaded (set up an account in advance)

Contact: Marisa Rodriguez (, 626-586-1979) 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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