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Lightning Talks

Tell your story!  A lighting talk provides an opportunity to share knowledge with others at the Regional Rendezvous. As a community of California Naturalists, we learn from each other so it's important that we share what we're doing with one another. Please sign up to share your efforts to connect with nature and community.

What is a Lightning Talk?

A lightning talk is a low pressure review of important highlights of your naturalist experience. It provides a fun and lively forum for attendees to inspire and discuss their California Naturalist programs and volunteer efforts.

In a lightning talk presentation, speakers are given five minutes each to formally present their key ideas and results (slides are optional, but no more than 5 slides per talk). Time is allotted at the end of the lightning talk sessions to interact with those interested in learning more about the information presented. Certified naturalists are great at giving a 5 minute talks after the experience of presenting a capstone project.

Sample topics include capstone projects, interpretive work, results from a citizen science project, a technical skill/tool/new perspectives about the environment. See some example presentations and videos from CalNat2016 here.

Who Is Eligible To Present a Lightning Talk?

Anyone who attends the Regional Rendezvous! 

How Do I Participate?

Please prepare a short summary of your topic, not to exceed 1,500 characters (approximately 200 words), including spaces. Begin with a clear statement of the topic or objectives, give brief methods or activities performed, describe what resulted for people and or the environment, and end with a conclusion or lessons learned.

Once your short summary is complete, submit it through the lightning talk form webpage here. It is the responsibility of the author to verify the information submitted and to correct any errors or omissions before the submission deadline.

Important Dates:

  • Submit your lightning talk title and short summary here by Friday, September 8.
  • We will confirm your participation no later than Friday, September 15.
  • Send in your slides, if using them, by Monday, September 25.  Return here for slide submission details.


Naturalists will be split into one of two lightning talk sessions (AM/PM) depending on which excursion is chosen (AM/PM).  Further scheduling details will be provided closer to the event.


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