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  • BBQ Acorns
    Small Actions Add Up To Big Impacts

    If you follow CalNat on social media, this picture taken by Shane Feirer (a colleague at UCANR Hopland Research and Education Center) might look familiar to you. Shane went out to his yard one evening to cook dinner for his family on the BBQ. When he opened it up, he found it was FULL of acorns. Turns out that an industrious...


  • Naturalists making discoveries with Tuleyome in 2019. Photo Mary Hanson.
    CalNat Webinar 2/19: Learn how to host a City Nature Challenge Bioblitz and more!

    Get ready to contribute your iNaturalist observation skills to your local community organizations to help collect data for science!  The 2020 City Nature Challenge is April 24-27. With a variety of ways you can participate, we are offering naturalists and instructors who want to take their involvement to the next level an...


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    Registration Open for CalNat and HREC-Led Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop

    UC California Naturalist and our UC Agriculture & Natural Resources statewide program partner Project Learning Tree (PLT) have joined forces to offer a series of workshops with program partners in 2020. Join us to learn about ways to integrate this award-winning curriculum into your programs and teaching. These upcoming...


  • Naturalists from Grassroots Ecology take phenology data.
    Health in Nature for All in the New Year

    The start of a new year is often a chance for many of us to reflect, start fresh, and make resolutions. This year, you might want to consider adding more time in nature to your list. Many of our naturalists can attest that being outside just feels… good. It's a hard to describe feeling that perhaps Wendell Berry may have captured well in...


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    Natural History as an Entry Point for Gratitude

    Gratitude, like all good things, is cultivated. For much of the year, we are running from one deadline to the next and the time for reflection is scarce. Thanksgiving is one of the few times during the year when the conditions and context put gratitude squarely on our table and it feels delightful. But, what if there was a way for us to...


  • 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...


  • Earth
    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...