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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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North coast naturalists, check out this new field guide "Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast" and join the book launch in December at the Santa Cruz Mycoflora Foray 2016. With a special emphasis on beginners/newcomers to the mushroom world, the Foray will include lectures, workshops, and of course, mushroom hunting! In partnership with the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Mycoflora Project, participants will make vouchered specimens for the UC Santa Cruz fungal herbarium and sequencing project. Co-author and organizer Christian Swartz is a research associate at the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History. http://www.redwoodcoastmushrooms.org/ http://www.redwoodcoastmushrooms.org/scmycoflora-foray-2016/

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California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education presents Gregory Lewis, Assistant Program Manager, of Thousand Pines Outdoor Science School, featured workshop presenter for the Southern Fall Conference 2016 at Arrowhead Ranch Outdoor Science School, Lake Arrowhead, CA. Friday, Oct. 14th – Sunday, Oct. 16th 2016 https://aeoe.org/events/aeoe-southern-section-fall-conference-2016 The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are coming! The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are coming into force starting this year! How are your lessons preparing students for those experiences and tests? Join Gregory Lewis, Thousand Pines Assistant Program Manager, and 16-year environmental education veteran, for his intriguing workshop to unravel the mysteries of the new science standards. Learn about the NGSS standards and how to read them. Don't just put a new label on an old lesson: We'll help you choose new ways to run a lesson. No band-aids here!

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What do the Rio Grande Rift, the Valles Caldera, and the Ghost Ranch Education Center of New Mexico have to do with the California Naturalist Program? Each place was a temporary venue for the 2016 Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs (ANROSP) national conference. Last week, 23 participants from over a dozen states participated in a roving conference built around the theme, “A Sense of Place.” From the mystery of ancestral Puebloan dwellings to the complexity of Spanish and Mexican land grants, the participants explored the influence of place on people. In addition to presentations from local experts, each participant shared practical lessons from their own state programs that promote awareness and stewardship of natural resources through science-based education and service. Congratulations to the organizers for reminding us of the power of place to inspire learning and stewardship.

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