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Point Reyes National Seashore Association

Course Descriptions

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

UC Climate Stewards certification

Climate Stewards is an exciting initiative from the University of California taught in partnership with the Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) which will help participants learn how to engage with community level actions that address climate change. 

During this program you will participate in a series of online classes with guest experts and spend three Saturdays experiencing climate-relevant sites during in-person field trips at Point Reyes and around the North/East Bay region. With the completion of online coursework and a final stewardship project you will become a Certified Climate Steward and be eligible to receive academic credits from the University of California for an additional fee. In this interactive class you will practice the skills you need to work with others on finding climate solutions!

Dates: TBA

Contact: fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org 

Course Website 

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


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 stewardship project.

Dates: April 13 - May 18, 2024 

Fees: $925

Delivery Mode: In-Person

Contact: fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org 

Course Website & Registration

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.


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.