CalNat West Valley College course
Contact: Leticia Gallardo,
Sponsor: UC California Naturalist

Open to students and community members of all ages, join any of the following courses in the Biology department under Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation offered throughout the year to obtain California Naturalist certification. Upon successful completion of course requirements, participants will have the option of obtaining UC California Naturalist Certification ($50 FT students/$100 other, one time fee). Participants will build their resume and become a more desirable candidate to work or volunteer for public land agencies or environmental education organizations. Students will have the option of receiving California Naturalist certification in fall, spring, or summer classes:


BIO 56 Ecology of the Sierra Nevada
This general education course includes an overview of the climate, evolutionary history, biogeography, community structure, natural history, and ecology of the plants, mammals, birds and insects of the Sierra Nevada range. Students also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of basic field techniques. This class is held in the field with required preliminary class meetings at West Valley College. Students are responsible for transportation and costs associated with travel, camping equipment, and related expenses.

Dates: June 21 - August 5, 2021
LECTURE (ONLINE): Mondays and Wednesdays 3:15 PM - 4:35 PM beginning the first week of classes through Wednesday, July 28.
FIELD TRIP (IN PERSON): The class travels to the Sierra Nevada Friday, July 30, through Thursday, August 5.


Online registration: here, new student registration is in progress.

Contact: Leticia Gallardo, (408) 741-2416