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CalNat American River College course
Contact: Jennifer Neale, NealeJ@arc.losrios.edu
Sponsor: UC California Naturalist

Full Course Website: https://calnat.ucanr.edu/Take_a_class/American_River_College/

Take any of the following courses in the Environmental Conservation Program at American River College Department of Natural Resources to obtain California Naturalist Certification. Environmental Conservation is an interdisciplinary program that advances the understanding of ecological systems and their interrelationships, including those with human society. Everyone is welcome! No prerequisites.

NATR 324 Field Studies: Birds and Plants of the High Sierra, 1.5 Units 

This field study course focuses on identification, distribution, abundance, ecological relationships, and conservation of bird and plant communities of the High Sierra. Primary environments explored include montane chaparral, riparian woodland, coniferous forest, montane bog and fen, rocky outcrop, montane meadow, subalpine woodland, and alpine tundra. Emphasis is placed on the natural history and life history characteristics of common birds and plants, as well as rare and endangered species and their conservation challenges. Field trips are required.

Dates: July 6 - August 4, 2023

Delivery Mode: In-person

Class Meeting Times:

July 7, 5:30pm-9:00pm

July 8, 8:30am-5:30pm

July 14-16, three-day camping trip

July 28-30, three-day camping trip

August 4, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Fees: ARC class fees are $46 per unit (without financial aid). In addition to unit fees and lab fees (eligible for hardship fee waiver), California Naturalist Certification fee ($55 per student) will be covered for most students by a scholarship fund through the Environmental Conservation program’s current Strong Workforce grant.

Contact: Jennifer Neale, NealeJ@arc.losrios.edu 


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About the Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Neale has been working in the environmental field for more than 30 years. Her formal education includes a B.A. in Environmental Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz, M.S. in Wildlife Biology from U.C. Berkeley, Ph.D. in Ecology from U.C. Davis, and Post-doc in Environmental Toxicology and Immunology. She has also studied California floristics with a focus on native vascular plants especially in the context of wildlife habitat.  Her research and teaching background has focused on vertebrate wildlife and terrestrial vascular plants; she has been working full-time as a professor at American River College since 2006.