John Muir, Thoreau, You? If you love the plants, animals, insects, rocks, and water of California, you’ll love being a California Naturalist. Yolo Basin Foundation has partnered with UC Extension to offer a California Naturalist course open to all lovers of nature, regardless of skill level, experience, and education.
California is an immensely diverse place that would take many lifetimes to cover in its entirety. Therefore, the California Naturalist course is designed to provide an overview of the ten (10) bioregions with more focused coverage of specific topics.
Topics that will be covered include:
- California’s Natural Resources and the Role of Naturalists
- Geology, Climate and Soils
- Forest, Woodland and Range Resources and Management
- Energy and Global Environmental Issues
- Interpretation, Collaboration & Citizen Science
Students will be required to purchase the textbook covering the basic material for the course. It is available directly through UC Press as well as other booksellers.
Nevers, G. D., Edelman, D. S., & Merenlender, A. M. (2013). The California naturalist handbook. Berkeley: University of California Press.
The Yolo Basin Foundation’s California Naturalist course will combine evening classroom sessions with weekend field trips. Evening sessions will be held at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters. Field trips will be within a couple hours drive from the Sacramento area. Throughout the course, participants will complete a total of 40+ hours of coursework.
Schedule, Registration and Cost:
Information for the next class will be available soon!
- All refunds due to participant withdrawal are subject to a $10 administration fee.
- No refunds will be given within 14 days prior to the start of the program.
- A certified California Naturalist must complete all of the course components.
- Attend all class sessions and field trips.
- Complete a capstone project approved by the instructor.
- Create a field journal.
- Log at least 1 observation in iNaturalist.
- Participate in the class citizen science project.
- Commit to volunteering at least 40 hours per year in environmental stewardship, education, program support, or citizen science related projects.
- Go outside and observe!
About California Naturalist
For more information about the California Naturalist program visit: http://calnat.ucanr.edu/About_the_program/.