Full course page: http://calnat.ucanr.edu/Take_a_class/Pepperwood
In this 10-week course, participants meet every Saturday to explore Pepperwood and learn about different natural history topics. Each session runs from 9am-2pm and includes time in the classroom as well as time in the field. Participants will learn about Sonoma county’s natural ecosystems with Pepperwood educator Summer Swallow and other local experts in hydrology, soil science, mammology, ecology, ornithology, and geology. Those completing the 40-hour course along with their capstone project will receive their California Naturalist Certification through the UC certification program.
Students are required to attend all 10 sessions of this course, for a total of 40 hours over the winter session. This class involves hiking up to 4 miles per day on uneven terrain without trails, and students are required to fulfill this component of the course to graduate and receive certification. Upon successful completion of the 40-hour course requirements and capstone project, participants are eligible for the UC California Naturalist Certification.