CalNat Sonoma Ecology Center course
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Contact: Tony Passantino tony@sonomaecologycenter.org
Sponsor: UC California Naturalist
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UC California Naturalist certification course

This 8-week course explores our local ecology, engages you in participatory science, and allows you to share your knowledge with others. The 40-hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Inner Coastal Range of Sonoma and Napa. 

If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science, and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you!  

Our regional 40+ hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Inner Coastal Range of Sonoma and Napa. Local guest experts will attend classroom sessions and field trips utilizing the outdoor learning environment of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The Spring 2023 course will emphasize the impact of the 2017 Nunns fire and the 2020 Glass Fires on our Sonoma Valley parks. Speakers include State Park and Sonoma Ecology Center scientists and staff, Renowned Bioacoustics expert Bernie Krause and famous retired Marin Open Space lead Naturalist, David Herlocker. 

Dates: March 15 - May 6, 2023

Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 pm over virtual zoom sessions. Four Saturday field trips held on at various locations around Sonoma Valley including the Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve. All field trips run from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm with the exception of Dawn Chorus recording (5:00 am-8:00 am) on May 7 with optional overnight included on the evening prior (May 6).

Fees: $499 registration Need-based scholarships are available. 

Delivery Mode: Hybrid

Contact: Tony Passantino tony@sonomaecologycenter.org

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