California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

Ojai Valley Land Conservancy CalNat Course

Dates: March 31, 2017 - May 6, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Marti Reid, 805-649-6852 ext. 2,

Sponsor: California Naturalist

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The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) is a community-based non-profit organization working with partners to permanently protect the open space, natural scenic beauty, wildlife, habitat and watershed of the Ojai Valley for current and future generations. Since its founding in 1987 OVLC has been able to permanently protect over two thousand acres. Protected properties include parcels along the Ventura River as well as areas in downtown Ojai and the east end of the Ojai Valley. OVLC maintains dozens of miles of trail on its preserves with many that connect up to other trails in Los Padres National Forest. 

The California Naturalist course will introduce you to the wonders of our local ecology and engage you in the stewardship of California’s natural communities. The course will combine a rigorous science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to immerse you in the natural world of the Ventura River Watershed. 

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what it means to be a naturalist
  • Understand the abiotic, biotic and cultural factors that make California and the Ventura River Watershed natural history and ecology unique
  • Demonstrate skills in making and recording natural history observations in a field notebook and on
  • Interpret and communicate natural resource information
  • Apply knowledge of Ventura River Watershed ecosystems to local and global environmental issues.

2017 Dates: March 31-May 6

Schedule: Six-week course with evening classes on Fridays, 6-8:30 pm, at the OVLC office, and field training on Saturdays at a variety of locations in the watershed. The course will begin with orientation on Friday, March 31, and a field trip on Saturday, April 1, 2016, and will continue on subsequent Fridays and Saturdays through May 6.

Cost: Early Bird registration is $375 until Jan. 15; registration is $425 after Jan. 15. Cost includes the course textbook, The California Naturalist Handbook (UC Press, 2013). Two limited scholarships are available for qualified applicants. Four academic credits from UC Davis Extension are available for an additional $80 upon completion of program requirements.

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Lead Instructor: Dr. Don Rodriguez is a Professor at Cal State Channel Islands and is the Department Chair of the Environmental Science and Resource Management program. Dr. Rodriguez will be joined by OVLC staff and various expert lecturers.

Contact: Marti Reid, 805-649-6852 ext. 2, 

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