California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

Audubon Canyon Ranch

Audubon Canyon Ranch protects our natural and human communities through land preservation, nature education, and conservation science. Audubon Canyon Ranch acts as guardian of a system of nature preserves spanning 26 properties in Marin, Sonoma and Lake counties. These 5,000 acres provide significant habitat to wildlife and have been placed in our care by generous donors to steward and protect in perpetuity. ACR works to improve global environmental health by conserving and stewarding valuable natural resources, managing for ecological resiliency, providing scientific solutions to ecosystem management, and teaching generations of conservationists in ways that strengthen natural and human communities.

The training will be hosted by 535-acre Bouverie Preserve near Glen Ellen, Sonoma County. Bouverie Preserve is home to diverse native ecosystems including oak woodlands, mixed evergreen forests, riparian woodlands, chaparral and grasslands. 

ACR’s rigorous training program gives docent volunteers a firm grounding in local natural history and the ability to recognize and capitalize on teachable moments. The addition of California Naturalist certification is a new option in fall 2017. Docents receive 22 weeks (120 hours) of core training in natural history, ecology and nature interpretation for children. After graduating from the core training, docents receive a rich menu of lifelong learning opportunities, including lectures, field trips, crafting and special events. 

Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.

2017 Course Dates: September 6- February 14 on Wednesday mornings.

Cost: $250

Docent training application

Contact: Julia Clothier707.938.4554, ext. 301




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