California Naturalist Program News
Published on: November 12, 2015
Check out the 2015 California Naturalist Service Pin, Naturalists!
This year we feature an endemic species, the California Newt (Taricha torosa) on the annual service pin. To acknowledge your hard work, we will issue this beautiful 18k gold and enamel pin to every California Naturalist that logs at least 40 volunteer hours in the volunteer portal by the end of the calendar year. Please start logging your hours today! The link to the volunteer portal will always be available on the top yellow menu of our home page under “Record Service Hours.”
Want to start collecting the CalNat Annual Service Pins?
Step 1) log your 2015 hours into the Volunteer Portal. Here's a guide that explains the categories of service and how to log your volunteer hours.
Step 2) update your capstone project title and mailing address in the "Edit your profile" section of the volunteer portal.
We'll take care of the rest! And we'll remind you again in December. (Pepperwood and Tejon Ranch stewards only, we'll get your hours from your instructor, but we still need you to update your address in the portal)
Why log hours? Our community of over 1200 certified California Naturalists has volunteered over 33,000 hours in four years! We suspect that is a HUGE under representation of the time you actually spend volunteering. And we understand- logging in and reporting isn't likely your motivation or the most rewarding part of your efforts. But the bottom line is that when you report your activities, we have a metric we can share with our colleagues at UC and the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, our partnering organizations, and beyond that demonstrates that our collective efforts are making a significant impact in this state. That metric eventually translates into allocations of resources from collaborators and sponsors to keep offering and expanding programming (like theupcoming Statewide Conference!) that will keep our network growing, connected, and learning together. We hear about your inspiring restoration, conservation, education and citizen science activities daily. You are part of a larger, longer UC legacy of stewardship. Please help us measure your impact!
What are the rules for volunteer hours? Volunteer hours are defined as any time spent for which you are not paid tending nature, teaching others, doing environmental science, or taking action on behalf of conservation. Volunteer hours should take place in California and fall into the four categories of restoration/conservation, education/interpretation, citizen science, or program support. Hours also need to be attributed to an institution- please choose your organization in the drop down menu of partner institutions that offer the course, or specify “other” institution. Volunteer work you've already done in 2015 can be counted today! Your 8+ Capstone Project volunteer hours should be logged and will count toward the pin, however class time doesn't! Here's a guide that explains the categories of service and how to log your volunteer hours. We offer a new pin design every year to qualifying Naturalists, so if you can't make it to 40 hours this year, you'll have future opportunities!
Need help? Issues gaining access to the site or logging hours? Here's a guide that explains the categories of service and how to log your volunteer hours. Please e-mail Shayna Foreman at firstname.lastname@example.org for further troubleshooting. She can re-send your portal invitation or help if you're having trouble gaining access.
We look forward to celebrating your service and sending your new pins in February!
Thanks for all you do!