California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is partnering with the UCSB Natural Reserve System to offer the UC California Naturalist certification course. Become part of a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists ready to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, education, and restoration.

This course provides the foundational curriculum to become a Santa Barbara Botanic Garden or UCSB Natural Reserve docent. Class and field sessions to be held at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and local field sites. Taught by local expert guest speakers, classes provide a broad overview of California Natural History while helping participants to become skilled interpreters, citizen scientists, and land stewards of the Santa Barbara region.

2017 Schedule: September 6 - November 8, 2017

Course Schedule:

10 Wednesday Classes (4:00-7:15pm): 

September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8

Plus 5 Saturday Field Trips (4 out of 5 field trips are required)

    September 16: San Marcos Foothills
    September 23: TBD
    September 30: Arroyo Hondo
    October 4: TBD
    October 28: Sedgwick Reserve

To register and apply, visit here. An application is required and is due by Monday, August 21.

Contact: For more information, please contact Michelle Gee at

4 units of lower division college credit available from UC Davis Extension for an additional $80 upon completion of program requirements.

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