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The mission of the UC California Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service. 

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This season’s record rainfall set the stage not only for wildflowers, but carpets of weeds. Throughout Southern California, the non-native vegetation is overwhelming and competing with the wildflowers. Organizations are rallying to remove the invasives as much and as quickly as possible, while others have another take on the non-native vegetation and its impact.

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Our CalNat partner, The Coastal Institute at Camp Ocean Pines, is offering an exciting series of expert-led excursions around the central coast this spring from hiking in Carrizo Plain National Monument and Pinnacles National Park to an interactive raptor presentation. Join to explore and learn together. More details at http://coastalinstitute.org/nature.

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UCcritterC 2016
In exchange for logging at least 40 service hours in the 2016 calendar year, certified California Naturalists will receive a beautiful 18k gold and enamel pin service pin as our thank you. Log your hours now!


New UC Green Blog: Feeling welcome in nature is essential to caring and wanting to learn more. #CalNat2016 conference summary. 


Hot off the press: “Evaluating environmental education, citizen science, and stewardship through naturalist programs” examines data from California and Virginia naturalist programs to understand participant motivations, barriers, and perspectives as well as the actions they take to advance science, stewardship, and community engagement. 


New California Agriculture article on CalNat Director Adina Merenlender: Building a new mode of extension for biodiversity conservation

Time's Flaming Arrow: Read about journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal's CalNat immersion experience in the HuffPost Green Blog.


 

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