California Naturalist
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University of California
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UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is a research and teaching facility committed to plant conservation and serves both the campus and the public. Its rich and diverse collection, containing representatives of more than 300 plant families, provides beginning students with a broad survey of the plant kingdom. Facilities for growing plants offer students and research faculty opportunities to experiment with living plants. The Arboretum maintains collections of rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest. 

The Arboretum is offering the UC California Naturalists certification program to help you improve your naturalist skills and promote stewardship of California natural communities. The experience overall will provide deeper understanding and appreciation of our interdependence with nature and the imperative need for conservation in our world today. Upon completion, participants will be certified as California Naturalists and offered special opportunities with area parks, organizations, and research. The UCSC California Naturalist Program uses science curriculum, hands-on learning, problem solving, and community service to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state with an emphasis on the Central Coast Region. All lectures and field trips will be taught by Instructors highly respected in their fields.

Please view the Arboretum website for detailed agenda and the 2017 course application which will be available February 1-28.

Subjects will include:
Journaling
Forest Stewardship
Ornithology
Geology
Herpetology
Paleontology
Mammalogy
Climate Change
Plants and Plant Communities
Entomology
Botany
Local Botanical Hotspots

Spring 2017 Dates: April 6 - June 8. Applications and the detailed schedule will be posted here on February 1.  Lectures are required and will be from 7:00- 9:30 pm every Thursday (with a few exceptions highlighted in the program schedule) with most field trips on Saturday or Sunday. View the program schedule here.

Cost: $400. A limited number of scholarships are available for those with need. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.

Questions: Please contact Linda Anderson

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