Pepperwood Preserve & Santa Rosa Junior College
The Santa Rosa Junior College and Pepperwood Preserve are jointly offering the UC California Naturalist certification program. While the field component is focused on Pepperwood Preserve, the content applies to the natural history of Sonoma County and surrounds.
Pepperwood is a 3,200 acre nature preserve, and serves as a living laboratory to engage students, volunteers, and scientists in applied conservation. We have many different ecosystems to explore, including grasslands, vernal ponds, oak woodlands, mixed evergreen forests, and serpentine chaparral. As the headwaters to the Russian River, Pepperwood serves as a Watershed Sentinel Site dedicated to tracking ecosystem health over time by systematically monitoring things like weather, soil moisture, stream flow, and the diversity and vitality of local plant and animal populations. Over 70 projects onsite are run by a combination of staff, citizen scientists, visiting scholars, and university partners.
The completion of both Fall and Spring short courses is also a component of the Pepperwood Preserve Steward training program and the UC California Naturalist program.
Students interested in this intensive natural history course can enroll in Biology/Earth Sciences 85.1 (fall) and Biology/Earth Sciences 85.2 (spring) at the Santa Rosa JC to spend 8 weeks each semester (Thursday evening and Sat field trips) on relevant physical and biological science topics or contact the Pepperwood Preserve (email@example.com) for more information. Upon successful completion of course requirements, participants will have the option of obtaining the UC California Naturalist Certification ($50 FT students/$100 other, one time fee) certification. Participants will build their resume and become a more desirable candidate to work or volunteer for public land agencies or environmental education organizations.