California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

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 summer 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.

Inclusive courses for leadership development program participants.


Angeles National Forest/San Gabriel Mountains Course

2017 Course Schedule: June 10, 2017 - July 21, 2017.  Future courses TBA.

Partners: Pacoima Beautiful, US Forest Service Southern California Consortium, and Watershed Conservation Authority

Participants: Pacoima Beautiful Nature Ambassadors, San Gabriel Canyon Watershed Rangers (members of San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps), USFS MobilizeGreen Field Rangers, and USFS Youth Conservation Corps 

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

Instructor: Kathleen Mitchell, LA COE Outdoor Science School


Cleveland National Forest Course

Course Schedule: June 19, 2017 - July 12, 2017. Future courses TBA.

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 summer programs. For more information about the programs, contact the following.

Contact: Edward Belden, National Forest Foundation,

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