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West Valley College

Open to students and community members of all ages, join any of the following courses in the Biology department under Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation offered throughout the year to obtain California Naturalist certification. Upon successful completion of course requirements, participants will have the option of obtaining UC California Naturalist Certification ($50 FT students/$100 other, one time fee). Participants will build their resume and become a more desirable candidate to work or volunteer for public land agencies or environmental education organizations. Students will have the option of receiving California Naturalist certification in fall, spring, or summer classes:


 Bio 014 California Plants and Animals
 Bio 058 Field Ecology

 Summer  Bio 056 Ecology of the Sierra Nevada
 Fall  Bio 013 Natural History of California

BIO 014 California Plants and Animals
Come learn about the ecology and biodiversity of California. Explore plant and animal communities through a series of synchronous online lectures and laboratory activities with independent local field trips. This course has an optional California Naturalist certification.

Dates: 2022 Dates TBA             

BIO 058 Field Ecology
This section meets both in the classroom and in the field. Students are responsible for travel, meals, and camping equipment, plus related expenses.

Dates: 2022 Dates TBA



BIO 56 Ecology of the Sierra Nevada
This general education course includes an overview of the climate, evolutionary history, biogeography, community structure, natural history, and ecology of the plants, mammals, birds and insects of the Sierra Nevada range. Students also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of basic field techniques. This class is held in the field with required preliminary class meetings at West Valley College. Students are responsible for transportation and costs associated with travel, camping equipment, and related expenses.

Dates: June 21 - August 5, 2021
LECTURE (ONLINE): Mondays and Wednesdays 3:15 PM - 4:35 PM beginning the first week of classes through Wednesday, July 28.
FIELD TRIP (IN PERSON): The class travels to the Sierra Nevada Friday, July 30, through Thursday, August 5.



BIO 13 Natural History of California
This course explores the plant and animal communities of California. Students have the opportunity to learn about the ecology of California in both the classroom and field settings. Preliminary class meetings are followed by a field trip(s). Students must successfully complete class preparatory requirements in order to participate in the field trip(s). Students are responsible for transportation and costs associated with travel, meals, camping equipment and related expenses.

Dates: August 28 - December 18, 2021
LECTURE (ONLINE): Tuesdays 2:05 PM - 4:10 PM and Thursdays 2:05 PM - 5:15PM.


Registration: here, new student registration is in progress.

Contact: Leticia Gallardo, leticia.gallardo@westvalley.edu (408) 741-2416

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