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Point Reyes National Seashore Association

Course Descriptions

Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) is offering the new UC Climate Stewards certification course and the California Naturalist certification course in Marin County. 

UC Climate Stewards certification

Climate Stewards is an exciting new Initiative from the University of California Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. In this program you will learn more about the science of climate change, how to communicate more effectively about this issue, and how to help your community adapt to climate challenges.

During this program you will receive six online classes with guest experts, spend three Saturdays learning and experiencing climate-relevant sites in and around Point Reyes, and will complete online coursework and a final capstone project to receive your certification from the University of California. In this interactive class you will practice the skills you need to work with others on finding climate solutions!

As a Certified Climate Steward you will become part of a statewide network working to promote community and ecosystem resilience for California's future. 

Dates: TBA

Contact: Field Institute, fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org, (415) 663-1200 x304

Course Website & Registration 

About the Instructor: Sam Chiriboga, PRNSA Assistant Director; Biret Adden, PRNSA Education Director

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UC California Naturalist certification

The PRNSA California Naturalist training course will introduce you to the unique ecology and natural history of California and the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin County. The course combines curriculum, guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning focused on the natural world of California. Coursework and activities will engage students in the theory and practice of citizen science and direct stewardship. Participants earn the University of California’s California Naturalist certificate for attending lectures, field seminars, taking field notes, and completing a Capstone Project.

Dates: TBA 

Contact: Birit Adden, Education Director (415) 663-1200 x 304; fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org

2021 Course Website

About the Instructor: Dr. Chris Pincetich works for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, The Oceanic Society, and Sea Turtles Forever as a marine biologist and environmental educator. Chris has a doctorate in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Marine Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz. His passion for promoting ocean and sea turtle conservation has been shared through speaking engagements ranging from international scientific conferences to elementary school classrooms.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the scientific method in understanding natural history.
  2. Relate knowledge of natural history to becoming a naturalist and an environmental steward.
  3. Integrate knowledge about the interconnectedness of abiotic and biotic factors (including human) and their influence on the natural history of the Point Reyes National Seashore.
  4. Demonstrate skills in making and recording observations in a field notebook.
  5. Apply knowledge of the Point Reyes Peninsula ecosystem to local and global environmental issues.
  6. Understand and communicate the role of citizen science in informing the natural resources management decision making processes.

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Organization Description: PRNSA is a cooperating association of the National Park Service. Working in partnership with Point Reyes National Seashore and the public, PRNSA preserves, restores and maintains wildlife habitat, trails, and historic sites in this beautiful coastal park. Year-round environmental education programs help children and adults deepen their understanding of nature and inspire the next generation of park stewards.