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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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Please join us in welcoming our newest CalNat team member, Marisa Rodriguez! Marisa will advance new and continuing CalNat programs in southern California through active collaboration with our partnering organizations. Her work as a community education specialist will expand ongoing program efforts to build a more accessible and inclusive program in the region. She is a certified California Naturalist (Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, 2015), a UC Agriculture & Natural Resources Master Gardener, and has worked with a range of environmental education programs in areas such as school gardening, ecological restoration, urban forestry and water conservation in California and New York. Marisa enjoys photography and exploring national parks and other conservation areas in the state and beyond.

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Heads up to southern and central Sierra Naturalists! California Naturalist Kathi Joye, author of two books about trails, will present a program at the Tuolumne City Museum Feb. 25 about hiking, snowshoe and cross-country ski day excursions. Check out the full article in the The Union Democrat:

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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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