2019 Regional Rendezvous


5PM Saturday-12PM Sunday. No one-day tickets will be sold. 


Plenary Speaker

 Dr. Peter Alagona is author of After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in California. He is an associate professor of history, geography, and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. An environmental historian and nature-culture geographer, Dr. Alagona explores what happens when humans share space and resources (their habitats) with other species: how we interact with non-human creatures, how we make sense of these interactions, why we fight so much about them, what we can learn from them, and how we might use these lessons to foster a more just and sustainable society.

Lightning Talks

For this dispersed community of California Naturalists to grow and thrive, we need to actively share and learn from each other! It is important to discuss what we're doing and what we're passionate about with others. The lightning talks give a low pressure, quick-and-clean review of important highlights of your naturalist experience: share an interpretive technique, an overview of your capstone project, a creative endeavor, a volunteer opportunity. Whatever ignites YOU energizes the rest of us! Lightning talks are a fun and lively forum to share and inspire. See past talks here for an idea of the diversity of information Naturalists share. Sign-up here by July 29.

Field Excursions & Workshops

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Have you ever seen the largest flying bird in North America soar, the California Condor? Harvested an oyster from your kayak? Visited the largest mainland elephant seal rookery in the world? Are you an avid birder that would enjoy your own "Big Day" with the area's premier birding authority? Do you enjoy the serenity of ocean bluffs and coastal forests and the unique plant communities they host? Would you like to learn how to harvest an entire deer using traditional stone tool methods? Are you interested in the natural history of raptors, falconry, and meeting powerful birds of prey? We have something for everyone at the rendezvous! Each attendee may choose one field trip/workshop. More detailed descriptions here soon! 


Be sure to check out your field trip and workshop choices above first. On-site housing is provided and encouraged, as we have a jam-packed schedule! Join us for the weekend. Rendezvous includes field trips, plenary speaker Dr. Peter Alagona, lighting talks, book exchange, fireside programs and five delicious meals at Camp Ocean Pines.

You may stay on site in Camp Ocean Pines cabins or off site. Cabins have beautiful hand-crafted bunk beds, a toilet room and a shower room. You may also stay on site in your own tent (same price, access to toilet and shower rooms included).

The California Naturalist program is committed to building an inclusive community. We have implemented equity pricing that we hope will serve the community better and allow us to recover the costs of holding this event. Be sure to register ASAP for early bird pricing and if you are low income or have extenuating financial circumstances; we have a limited number of subsidized tickets available. Equity pricing for this event allows you to pick the registration fee (options 1-3) that works best for you, based on your income. We suggest you use the below chart, based on  to find your household number, corresponding income bracket, and suggested registration option (1-3) below. Please note there are a limited number of subsidized options available.

San Luis Obispo County HUD Incomes
Household members Option 3 (High Income) Option 2 (Medium Income) Option 1 (Low Income)
1 $69,900.00 $58,250.00 $46,600.00
2 $79,900.00 $66,550.00 $53,250.00
3+ $89,850.00 $74,900.00 $59,900.00

The registration rates are as follows:

On-site lodging: Option 3 is $315 (standard price), option 2 is $260 (partial subsidy), and 1 is $175 (equity price)

Off-site lodging (meals at Camp  Ocean Pines are included in this price): Option 3 is $265 (standard price), option 2 is $210 (partial subsidy), and 1 is $125 (equity price)


Natural History Book/Information Exchange

If you'd like to participate in a free information exchange, please bring something fun with you to share (an old field guide or two, natural history fiction or non-fiction book, a great map, brochure to a neat place you visited, a magazine or article, poem, a nature-inspired recipe or craft, flier for an upcoming event or organization you work with etc) and plan to take something fun home in return! We'll collect your item(s) at registration and lay them out for you to peruse after dinner Saturday. Leftover items will be donated to a public library. In addition, California Naturalist will have sweatshirts, tee shirts, journals, patches, and hats for sale at the event, for cash only

Getting to the Rendezvous

Find/Share a ride on this Google spreadsheet.

Camp Ocean Pines is located at 1473 Randall Drive, Cambria, CA 93428. Cambria is a seaside town in San Luis Obispo County midway between San Francisco (driving time ~3:45) and Los Angeles (driving time ~3:30) along California State Route 1. Home of the UC Kenneth S. Norris Rancho Marino ReserveFiscalini Ranch PreserveCambria State Marine Conservation Area and White Rock (Cambria) State Marine Conservation Area, Cambria has a lot to offer nature-loving visitors! 

 About our Partner, Camp Ocean Pines


Camp Ocean Pines was established in 1946 to serve the community as a non-profit camp and a conference center. A jewel on the Central Coast, the camp sits on thirteen donated acres of Monterey Pine forest that nearly meets the ocean shore. Camp Ocean Pines has made memories for more than 100,000 campers – with generations more to come!

Camp Ocean Pines is a truly unique place to visit! Wildlife abounds, with seals and otters swimming by, and deer roaming through the property. They have ten beautifully designed straw bale cabins engineered for passive solar efficiency, and timbers and siding milled from on-site wind-felled trees. By staying in these cabins, people experience facilities that use natural resources wisely. The campus can house 100 guests.

Mission Statement

The mission of Camp Ocean Pines is to foster enjoyment and appreciation of the natural world among people of all ages through creative activities in a residential camp setting.