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CalNat Coastal Institute at Camp Ocean Pines immersion course
Contact: 805-927-0254, chris@campoceanpines.org
Sponsor: California Naturalist

Full course website: http://calnat.ucanr.edu/Take_a_class/OceanPines/

Earn your California Naturalist certification on the beautiful Central Coast of California, near Morro Bay. Rich with natural science wonders in forest, field, and shore, you will learn the required natural history basics of the CalNat program with a marine science flourish. The Coastal Institute California Naturalist Program at Camp Ocean Pines is led by Chris Cameron, Executive Director of the camp, and Dr. John Menke, along with passionate expert naturalists and professors in the area. This residential immersion program includes seven days of field trips and lectures from enthusiastic leaders with decades of experience in the field. Food, lodging, materials, and field trip transportation is included in the cost. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.

Sierra Intensive (Bass Lake, near Yosemite National Park, May 12-19)
At a beautiful camp near the shores of Bass Lake in the Sierra National Forest, naturalists will discover the towering conifers and granitic structures of the Sierra. The area is rich with abundant fish and wildlife, flora both large and small (May is peak Sierran wildflower season!), and a diversity of distinct ecosystems. You’ll hear from experts on geology, local birds, conifer forests, and more. This class is offered in partnership with Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp. A preliminary syllabus for the course can be found HERE .

Coastal Intensive (Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, August 14-21)
Discover the intersection of land and sea along the Central Coast! By kayak and by foot, you’ll hear from experts who work with marine mammals, California condors, rocky intertidal invertebrate species, Monterey pine forests, fungus, marine algae, and more! Naturalists will participate in “citizen science” by monitoring and recording scientific data along an established transect in the San Simeon tide pools to add to a long term monitoring project called LiMPETS. A preliminary syllabus can be found HERE .

2022 Schedule:

Spring Sierra Session: TBD

Summer Coast Session: August 14-21

For more information and to register, visit here!

Required materials: The California Naturalist Handbook (must purchase and read prior to class)

Contact: Chris Cameron, 805-927-0254, chris@campoceanpines.org