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The California Naturalist Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum course starts in just a few weeks on September 9. Apply now! It will be held on Saturdays through December 16. Learn about the natural and cultural history of Los Angeles's South Bay region and visit some hidden Southern California gems! For more information, including an application, visit:

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Are you attending the CalNat Regional Rendezvous? Sign up to present a lightning talk now through September 8! The talks provide a fun and lively forum for attendees to inspire and discuss their California Naturalist programs and volunteer efforts. As a community, we learn from each other and it's important to share what we're doing. To learn more and sign up to speak, visit

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Join the Life Responds project within the app to help scientists find out how the natural world reacts when the Sun goes dark.

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Program Updates

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Registration is open for the first California Naturalist Program Regional Rendezvous on October 8 in the North Coast and Bay-Delta Bioregions! We are excited to work with long-time partners at Pepperwood Preserve to offer a one day gathering for California Naturalists and interested friends. Naturalist updates, field walks with experts, keynote speakers, book exchange, lunch, and a final gathering and reception will all be included in this fun day.

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



UC Green Blog: Enjoy Nature but don't love it to death. A peer-reviewed summary of recreation impacts on wildlife by contributing author and CalNat Director Adina Merenlender. 

Hot off the press: “Evaluating environmental education, citizen science, and stewardship through naturalist programs” in the Conservation Biology journal volume 30, issue 6 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


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