Catalina Island Conservancy

The Catalina California Naturalist Program looks to create highly trained guides, volunteers and most importantly, stewards, to spread the word of not only how special Catalina is but how important all Islands are. This course pairs a science curriculum that will take you through California ecology by exploring geology, watershed concepts, plants, animals and energy, through the distinct lens of a Catalina Island.

By the end of this course, participants will:

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what it means to be a naturalist.
  • Integrate knowledge about the interconnectedness of abiotic, biotic and cultural factors and their influence on the natural history of Catalina Island.
  • Demonstrate skills in making and recording natural history observations in a field notebook and nature journal.
  • Become proficient using iNaturalist to record nature observations
  • Apply knowledge of Catalina and Southern California to local and global environmental issues.
  • Meet all of the course requirements.

2020 Course Schedule: 

Eight-week on-line coursework from 02/03-03/27

One-week immersion field school on Catalina Island 3/30-4/4


Find 2020 Syllabus View Syllabus  (subject to updates).

Application link here

For more information on the Catalina Island Conservancy Naturalist Training Program, visit the Conservancy's website

Cost: $715.00

Contact:  Hillary Holt, 310-510-0954 x 221