American River College CalNat Courses
Contact: Jennifer Neale,
Sponsor: UC California Naturalist

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Take any of the following courses in the Environmental Conservation Program at American River College Department of Natural Resources to obtain California Naturalist Certification. Environmental Conservation is an interdisciplinary program that advances the understanding of ecological systems and their interrelationships, including those with human society. Everyone is welcome! No prerequisites.

Upcoming courses with embedded California Naturalist Certification:

 Spring  NATR 302 Wildlife Biology
 NATR 332 Wildflowers of California




NATR 302    Wildlife Biology
3 Units 
Course Transferable to UC/CSU 
This course is an introduction to Wildlife Biology and the basic principles and techniques related to the practice of Wildlife Management. Emphasis is
based on ecological principles of populations and communities as they relate to the interdependence of wildlife and human populations. This course includes the discussion of the social, political and biological implications of Wildlife Management. Additionally, this course includes habitat and population sampling, radio telemetry and the development of a wildlife management plan. Field trips are required.

Dates: January 18 - May 20, 2020

NATR 332    Wildflowers of California
4 Units 
Course Transferable to UC/CSU 
This course focuses on the wildflowers of the Sacramento Region. The
identification, distribution, and interrelationships of herbaceous plants in
their natural environment, ecological principles, and representative plant
communities are examined. Special emphasis will be given to the study of
plant families in our local grasslands, vernal pools, oak woodlands and foothills, and the use of taxonomic keys. 

Dates: January 18 - May 20, 2020


Course fees: ARC class fees are $46 per unit (without financial aid). In addition to unit fees and lab fees (eligible for hardship fee waiver), California Naturalist Certification fee ($55 per student) will be covered for most students by a scholarship fund through the Environmental Conservation program’s current Strong Workforce grant.


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Contact: Jennifer Neale, 

Instructor bio: Dr. Jennifer Neale has been working in the environmental field for more than 30 years. Her formal education includes a B.A. in Environmental Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz, M.S. in Wildlife Biology from U.C. Berkeley, Ph.D. in Ecology from U.C. Davis, and Post-doc in Environmental Toxicology and Immunology. She has also studied California floristics with a focus on native vascular plants especially in the context of wildlife habitat.  Her research and teaching background has focused on vertebrate wildlife and terrestrial vascular plants; she has been working full-time as a professor at American River College since 2006.