California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

Riverside Metropolitan Museum

The Riverside Metropolitan Museum is offering its first UC California Naturalist course in spring 2016! Immerse yourself in learning about California’s diverse natural environment, with emphasis on the uniqueness of the Inland Empire--from chaparral and sage scrub to the Santa Ana River and the desert’s edge. Become part of a committed corps of citizen scientists and volunteer naturalists ready to take an active role in local conservation, education, and restoration.

Participants in the course will receive hands-on, expert instruction through lectures, activities and field trips, plus exposure to real-world environmental projects. Through presentations and conversations with experts in their fields, this course will cover basic ecology, watershed concepts, geology, wildlife, plants, and global environmental issues, as well as offering tools for collaborative conservation and interpretation. The curriculum is designed to inspire participants to enhance their personal connection with the natural world and become active citizen scientists.

To receive the UC California Naturalist certification, participants engage in seminars, attend field trips, keep a field journal, read the course text, and complete a Capstone Project. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are also eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.

For more information, contact: Teresa Woodard at twoodard@riversideca.gov, or 951-826-5129.

Next Course Schedule: TBA

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