Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
The mission of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. The museum is a living field guide of the California Central Coast. In 1883, the museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir and Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years.
Receive University of California certification as a California Naturalist after completing 40-hours of hands-on training with expert instructors and fellow learners- studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Course instructors are local field experts and scientists selected from organizations working directly with our local natural resources such as the Bureau of Land Management, California State University- Monterey Bay, and the Center for Natural Lands Management.
The California Naturalist class covers the natural and cultural history of California, with an in-depth look at our local ecology. Through field trips, classroom instruction and hands-on exercises, participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of our region. Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and by working on a group project.
Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.
2020 Course Schedule: March 25 - June 3 on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 PM.
Due to concerns over Covid 19, this California Naturalist certification course has been postponed until further notice. We'll update all California Naturalist courses when new dates are determined. Postponed courses may already be partially-mostly full due to prior enrollment. Please contact the course coordinator at Juan Govea, firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 648-5716 ext. 14. to be added to an interest list.
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For information about registering for the California Naturalist Program please call or e-mail Juan Govea, email@example.com or (831) 648-5716 ext. 14.