California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

West Valley College CalNat Course

Dates: August 27, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Leticia Gallardo,

Sponsor: California Naturalist

Location: Saratoga, CA, USA

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Students will have the option of receiving California Naturalist certification in each of the two classes, Introduction to Ecology and Wildlife - 31045 - BIOL 012 - 001 or California Plants and Animals - 31046 - BIOL 014 - 001. Upon successful completion of course requirements, participants will have the option of obtaining UC California Naturalist Certification ($50 FT students/$100 other, one time fee). Participants will build their resume and become a more desirable candidate to work or volunteer for public land agencies or environmental education organizations. 

Introduction to Ecology and Wildlife - BIO 12
This non-major course is an introduction to the general ecological principles that integrate all life on earth, with special focus on wildlife populations and their natural history. Energy and material flows will be covered, along with animal biology, behavior, population dynamics and human impact and management. Laboratory and field exercises emphasize investigational techniques used in scientific studies.

Dates: January 29 - May 25, 2018 
Lecture: Fridays 10:15-12:20 pm                   
Tentative Lecture dates: 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 4/6, 4/13
Field Trips: 3/23 - 3/28

California Plants and Animals - BIO 14 
This course is a general education course which introduces California plants and animals in an ecological context. An ecosystem approach is used to explain the geographic distribution of life forms and their community associations. In-class activities and out-of-class projects involve learning the natural history of Califor nia life forms, as well as recognizing and naming them. Anyone who is interested in teaching, recreation or park management will learn identification and display techniques that will be of use. Introduction to the natural history of California with an emphasis on plants and animals. The most common life forms from the coast to the mountains to the desert will be explored within the ecological context. Anyone who is interested in teaching, recreation or park management will learn identification and useful field techniques. This class is designed for non-majors.

Dates: January 29 - May 25, 2018 
Lecture: Mondays 2:05-5:15 pm, Lab: Wednesdays 2:05-5:15 pm
Field Trips: 2/28, 3/14, 4/4, 4/18 

Course details: No prerequisites. Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Online registration: here, new student registration is in progress.

Contact: Leticia Gallardo, (408) 741-2416

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