Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Receive University of California certification as a California Naturalist after completing 40-hours of hands-on training with expert instructors and fellow learners- studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Course instructors are local field experts and scientists selected from organizations working directly with our local natural resources such as the Bureau of Land Management, California State University- Monterey Bay, and the Center for Natural Lands Management.
The California Naturalist class covers the natural and cultural history of California, with an in-depth look at our local ecology. Through field trips, classroom instruction and hands-on exercises, participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of our region. Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and by working on a group project.
*Registration begins January 2023*
The 10-week course combines classroom, online, and field experiences in earth systems, water, energy and agriculture; as well as communication training, citizen science, and community service opportunities. Students participate in 40 hours of classroom/field instruction with local climate experts, and approximately 20 hours of learning outside of class. After certification, UC Climate Stewards will be encouraged to volunteer in activities ranging from community and citizen science, land and water stewardship, civic engagement, and education and interpretation activities.
The training will include an overview of state and local climate policies so that Climate Stewards is a catalyst for public participation in California’s climate change initiatives.
Dates: September 6 - November 8, 2023
*Registration opens mid-summer 2023
Delivery Mode: Hybrid
- Increase access to up-to-date and locally relevant climate science to improve climate literacy through a UC certification course for the public.
- Establish a community of practice focused on stewardship, communication, and community solutions to advance resiliency.
- Build statewide support for and capacity to effectively advance state and local climate goals.
Organization Description: The mission of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. The Museum is now offering the new UC Climate Stewards certification course and the California Naturalist certificate course. The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is a living field guide of the California Central Coast. In 1883, the museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years.