California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

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, and the distinct lens of a California Channel Island.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Understand what it means to be a naturalist and develop new skills and opportunities for personal, volunteer and professional development.
  • Understand the abiotic, biotic and cultural factors that make up the unique natural history and ecology of Santa Catalina Island.
  • Demonstrate skills in making and recording natural history observations in a field notebook and on iNaturalist.
  • Demonstrate skills in communicating and interpreting natural resource information.
  • Apply knowledge of California ecosystems to local and global environmental issues.
  • Be prepared to engage local communities to promote the ongoing appreciation and stewardship of Santa Catalina Island and its natural resources.

2019 Course Schedule: (10) week course from March 1st- May 4th, 2019. 10 Friday evenings night class will be held at the Catalina Island Conservancy Nature Center, and six all day field trips will be held on Saturdays. Course participants will complete a total of 40+ hours of coursework over 10 weeks.

Find 2019 Syllabus here (subject to updates).

Application link here

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

Cost: $425

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

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