California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

West Valley College

Since its start in 1970, the unique West Valley College Park Management Program maintains excellence and relevance by continuously evolving and listening to industry, local, county, regional, state and federal park and resource agencies to ensure cutting-edge GIS technology and the latest in land management methods, strategies, and processes are provided to students.

The "PKMGT 15B - Natural & Cultural Resource Interpretation 15B" course is for anyone interested in California’s remarkable diversity and its rich history; water resources and climate change issues; geology, native plants, and wildlife, and for people who want to engage the public. Upon successful completion of course requirements, participants will have the option of obtaining both UC California Naturalist Certification ($50 FT students/$100 other, one time fee) and National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) certification. Participants will build their resume and become a more desirable candidate to work or volunteer for public land agencies or environmental education organizations. 

In this course, students will increase confidence in their public speaking abilities as they explore the interpretive approach to communication. In this hands-on learning environment, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and conduct guided walks, interpretive programs and campfire presentations, and interpretive media such as brochures, displays, and exhibits. Field trips and professional presentations provide experiential learning opportunities. 

Download the Fall 2016 course flier here 

Download the Fall 2016 draft syllabus here

Dates: September 1st- December 15th, 2016. Tuesday evenings 6- 9pm; plus 5 required field trips, 9AM-4PM on 9/30, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/12, 12/3 and 12/10.

Course details: Prerequisite: PKMGT 010; 3 units: Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit; Acceptable for credit: California State University

Online registration: here, new student registration is in progress. Course Number: PKMGT 15B, Section Number 44249.

Contact: Course co-instructor Heidi McFarland with questions

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