California Naturalist Program
The Mt. Diablo Region/Lindsay Wildlife Experience California Naturalist certification course application is open through June 30. Named for Contra Costa county’s iconic 3,849-foot peak, the Mount Diablo region stretches from Pittsburg and Antioch all the way to Corral Hollow, southwest of Tracy, and includes many regional parks, city open spaces, state parks, and reservoirs. Through field trips, classroom instruction, and hands-on exercises, participants will observe and learn about the variety of ecosystems in our region, and become skilled interpreters, citizen scientists, and stewards of the land. September 18 - November 20, Monday nights, from 6-8:45 PM in Walnut Creek, with three Saturday field trips. 4 academic credits available upon completion through UC Davis Extension. Picture courtesy of California Naturalist Marni Berendsen. More details and application link here: http://calnat.ucanr.edu/Take_a_class/Diablo
Program Updatesfirst 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.
CalNat Celebrates our 100th class! How did we get here and where shall we venture together? Read more in the UC Green Blog.
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.