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CalNat Dispatches

The Catalina Island Conservancy California Naturalist course recently explored the island's interior with guest presenters from the Chia Cafe Collective, a grassroots group of southern CA tribal members and collaborators committed to the revitalization of Native foods, medicines, culture, and community. "In Tongva culture there is no equivalent word for nature given. There was never meant to be a separation between the activities of people and the ever changing land." Read the captivating blog post recapping this class session and others on the 'Slow Librarian' blog, authored by course participant Jared Burton.

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#CalNat was in Sacramento at the California Environmental Protection Agency building this morning to celebrate an early Earth Day and do fun activities for take your child to work day! In our beak adaptation activity, we had a total of 83 brave souls test out 3 different “beaks” at the table. They had to use the beaks to collect as many pieces of food as they could in 30 seconds. We had a line at the table despite the other exciting activities, including rocket launching and a bag monster!

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A huge congratulations to Tuleyome's first graduating California Naturalists! We are so excited to have them join the over 40 partner organizations to host the course. Can't wait to see more from Tuleyome and its naturalists!

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Program Updates

New CalNat Annual Report. This report summarizes the activities, outputs and outcomes of the UC California Naturalist Program and its network of partners for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. View the full report here.


Have you been working to address the threat of climate change? Tell us your story! UC California Naturalist is working with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to help populate the new Climate Adaptation Clearinghouse by capturing authentic experiences of all Californians as they deal with a changing climate. Please share your story by Sunday, May 6, 2018.  View full details here

Expanding access to the California Naturalist community: we've launched a scholarship fund! Read all about it here

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Check out our new Partner Story Map: find a class or an organization near you! 





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