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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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"With many people these days spending most of their day looking at screens, walking slowly and looking at flowers is a great way to be in the present. To leave virtual reality and enter the real world.” California Naturalist Cathy Monroe (2013 Inland Mendocino County) has an astonishing breadth and depth of naturalist knowledge and leads many school groups and public on guided nature excursions throughout the year wearing her Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project and California Native Plant Society - Sanhedrin Chapter board member hats.

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Spending time in the outdoors has been shown to reduce stress and lift spirits. And what to make of nature documentaries? A new study from UC Berkeley and BBC Earth suggests viewing nature documentaries can make you happier.

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California is known for its wide range of wildlife, many who are visible to humans. Then there are the elusive ones. Have you ever come across a mountain beaver, island night lizard, Inyo California towhee, limestone salamander, or wolverine? Learn more about them here since they’re rarely seen even by avid naturalists.

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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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