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National Forest Foundation Conservation Corps Partnership

The National Forest Foundation is offering the California Naturalist certification course in conjunction with young adult leadership development programs in the Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, and Cleveland National Forest.

The training the young adults receive through the California Naturalist Program enhances their work assignments as interpreters and stewards in some of the most heavily used public open spaces in Southern California. Participants build skills and knowledge that prepare them for college and careers, and upon course completion, are eligible for four units of academic credit from UC Davis Extension.

Courses for leadership development program participants.


Angeles National Forest/San Gabriel Mountains Course

2020 Schedule: June 19 - August 21, 2020

Partners: Pacoima Beautiful and US Forest Service Southern California Consortium

Participants: Pacoima Beautiful Nature Ambassadors, USFS MobilizeGreen Field Rangers, and USFS Youth Conservation Corps 

Location: USFS Angeles National Forest Headquarters (Arcadia, CA) and various field locations


Cleveland National Forest Course

2020 Schedule: Sept. 15 - Nov. 19

Partners: Conservation Corps of Long Beach

Participants: Conservation Corps of Long Beach

Location: Conservation Corps of Long Beach Headquarters (Long Beach, CA) and various field locations


Instructor: Lauren Chroman, MS, is a biology professor and California Naturalist.  She studies animal behavior, focusing on social behavior and behavioral adaptations to ecology.  Her background also includes botany, mammology, ornithology, fire ecology, marine biology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology.

Registration for the courses are limited to participants already accepted into these partners' programs. For more information, contact Edward Belden, National Forest Foundation, ebelden@nationalforests.org