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  • California Conservation Corps members at the UC ANR Hopland Research & Extension Center show a group of kids how to find herpetofauna like salamanders and skinks for a citizen science wildlife monitoring project.
    California Conservation Corps and the UC California Naturalist Program

    Over 3,000 Corpsmembers graduate from the California Conservation Corps (CCC) every year. Some jump right into the workforce, but many enroll in college courses or seek additional training and professional development. The CCC Brad Duncan Scholarship provides $2,000 to Corpsmembers who complete a full year of service and the core training...


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    Climate Change and Climate Stewards Initiative

    September marks a pivotal moment in climate change conversation and action and this week, September 20-27, is Climate Week - a time where people around the world are raising their voices to talk about what climate change means to them. The UN Global Climate Action Summit will be held in New York Sept. 23rd for international climate...


  • 2019 Pasadena City College graduates Ethan and Elexis show off their California Naturalist pins.
    Back to School with California Naturalist

    The days grow shorter and the temperatures are gradually getting cooler – fall is approaching, and that means it's time for school to start! Teachers are getting their classrooms ready and students are getting fresh supplies to head back to school. For our fall California Naturalist courses, heading into the classroom has a whole different...


  • Brenda Kyle, California Naturalist
    Collective Impact

    Brenda Kyle is a California Naturalist—Naturalista  Certificada as she likes to say—and  does outreach with at least 1500 individuals from January to September in English and also leads nature walks in Spanish. “I do not look like what people expect an "outdoor" person to look like.” Says Brenda. “I'm...


  • This climate literacy word cloud shows the components of climate change education
    Curriculum gaps for adult climate literacy

    Text and image by guest blogger Olivia Cooper. Olivia is an undergraduate at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She worked with former California Naturalist founding director Dr. Adina Merenlender on the research presented in this blog post. UC California Naturalist is developing a new education and service...


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    Tide Pooling Along the Central Coast During the 2019 Regional Rendezvous

    Our day started brisk and damp as the sun rolled out behind a curtain of central coast fog. We gathered in the grey light with our morning tea, dressed in warm clothes as the steam from our breath billowed out in front of laughter and conversation on the subject of tide pool safety and ecology. What followed was a deep dive (pun intended) into...


  • Sunset from CalNat Partner Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria
    Rediscovering California’s Central Coast bioregion

    Just in time for the 2019 California Naturalist Regional Rendezvous, naturalists can re-discover California's Central Coast through a new UC ANR publication: Natural History of the Central Coast Bioregion. The publication and the Rendezvous event―both outgrowths of the University of California's California Naturalist Program―provide two new...