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Los Angeles Co. Arboretum

The course will be a hybrid of self-paced outdoor explorations, live online workshop-style class sessions, and fully social-distanced outdoor guided field trips. 

Located in an urban area perched on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, the LA Co. Arboretum & Botanical Garden offers California Naturalist certification in its course Natural History on the Edge: The Wildland / Urban Interface.” 

Sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, coniferous forest, wetlands and more all lie within a few miles of the Arboretum campus; the botanical garden provides an additional outdoor laboratory for observing the interaction of native and non-native species. 

Course participants will have the opportunity to explore nearby wildlands and the resulting ecotone from wild to urban, learn specifics of local ecosystems, and develop their skill as a naturalist and interpretive guide for others. 

The course will be a hybrid of self-paced outdoor explorations, live online workshop-style class sessions, and fully social-distanced outdoor guided field trips. 

The Arboretum seeks to cultivate our natural, horticultural and historic resources for learning, enjoyment and inspiration of all.  We strive to reflect Southern California’s distinct climate, community, and openness to new ideas.  The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a unique 127-acre botanical garden and historical site that includes Native American, Rancho Period, and late 19th century treasures.

Instructors will include expert guest lecturers from across the state and in the greater SGV region, and is convened by an experienced distance-learning certified Cal Naturalist.   Although open to all, the emphasis on naturalist-as-interpretive-guide makes the course ideal for teachers and botanical garden volunteers alike. 

Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Course Dates: TBD

NOTE: As the Covid-19 situation changes, the course may return to an in-person format for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, or some revised combination of in person and remote. Contact the lead instructor for updates

NOTE* The course is divided into three modules of three class sessions and a field trip for each module.  (One of the three field trips is optional.)  There are three T/TH nights off between each module to allow students to work on their asynchronous work including self-guided walkabouts and capstones.

Course Fee: $350 Base Course   + $85 4 Units UC Davis Extension (Optional)

Contact: Roger Gray calnatpasadena@gmail.com