Sierra Foothill Conservancy
Sierra Foothill Conservancy (SFC) is a dynamic leader for local land conservation and science-based land management. Through land owner partnerships, community initiatives, and innovative solutions, SFC conserves land and resources for the benefit of all Californians. Stewardship and land protection are integral to our mission, and to ensure we cultivate a value of the lands we protect and of the work we do, SFC must also educate others on the importance of the work that lies ahead. One way to accomplish this is to connect people to unique local landscapes and help develop personal and meaningful experiences.
With this in mind, SFC is excited to be able to offer the UC California Naturalist course. This statewide education and service program is designed to engage a diverse public in the study and stewardship of California’s natural communities. The premise is to help participants develop naturalist skills as a means of promoting the stewardship of California’s shrinking habitats.
With amazing instructors and guest speakers, cohorts are guided through an intensive experience that takes a focus on Central Valley features. The California Naturalist certification process involves a capstone volunteer project and utilization of the iNaturalist application. The rich science based curriculum is supported by hands-on field experiences that help capture the essence of the program. Upon completion, participants are certified as California Naturalists, a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists ready to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, education, and restoration.
2017 Course Schedule: The program runs 7 weeks, from February 24 – April 7, and meets twice a week; on Friday evenings for a classroom component (7 sessions), and on Saturdays for field experiences (5 sessions).
Draft Syllabus: For a draft schedule please click here.
Cost: The cost for the 7-week California Naturalist certification program is $350. 4 units of lower division college credit are available through UC Davis Extention for an additional $85 upon completion of program requirements.
Registration: Register here
Instructors: Rodney Olsen is an Instructor of Biology at Fresno City College, Independent Consultant, and long-time instructor for SFC and the San Joaquin River Parkway. Rosanna Ruiz is the SFC Education Program Manager, Instructor of Environmental Interpretation at Fresno State, Docent at Fresno County Office of Education’s Scout Island, National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide, and a California Naturalist.
Contact: For further inquiry please contact Rosanna Ruiz at (559) 855-3473.