California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

UC Merced Vernal Pools & Grasslands Reserve

The UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve in partnership with the Merced County UC Cooperative Extension Office and Upper Merced River Watershed Council will California Naturalist certificate training in spring 2017 on the campus of UC Merced. Students in the California Naturalist Program will become part of a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists, equipped with the skills needed to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, restoration and environmental education.  This 10-week training combines science instruction with guest speakers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the San Joaquin Valley and central Sierra Nevada foothills region.  This course will cover basic ecology, watershed concepts, geology, wildlife, plant communities, and global environmental issues, as well as tools for collaborative conservation and communication.  There will also be opportunities for bird watching, wildflower identification, sketching, and journaling!

Evening classes will be held at UC Merced, and four Saturday field trips will be held in representative areas of the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada foothills.  Course instructors are UC Merced faculty and other regional experts.  Upon completion of the course, students will receive the UC California Naturalist’s certificate.

Spring 2017 Course Schedule: TBA    

Contact:  For any questions about the course, please contact Monique Kolster, course coordinator and Reserve Director.  

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