Registration is open for the 2016 California Naturalist Conference

Apr 5, 2016

Certified California Naturalists and all Californians with an appreciation for the state's diverse natural ecosystems may now register for the second biennial California Naturalist Conference, from Sept. 9-11 at Pali Mountain Retreat and Conference Center in Running Springs. The early registration discount ends July 1.

“The beautiful mountain setting is the ideal place for California Naturalists to come together to enhance their skills and connect with fellow naturalists,” said Adina Merenlender, co-director of the University of California's California Naturalist Program and conference chair. “We promise a captivating weekend for observing nature, fostering partnerships with other naturalists and organizations, and planning for global climate change.”

The conference features a full slate of presenters that include an award winning environmental journalist and science writer, an internationally renowned conservation scientist, a Latino educator and visionary, and a Southern California leader developing community green spaces in underserved neighborhoods.

Early registration for the conference is $150 for certified California Naturalists; for non-certified participants registration is $175. Room and board at Pali Mountain is $165 per person. Those not staying at Pali Mountain pay a $90 food and beverage fee. On July 1, conference registration increases by $20 per person. For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

Conference attendees may also register for optional advanced training courses that take place on Friday, Sept. 9. The advanced training topics are:

  • California's Venomous Animals: Fact & Fiction
  • Acoustic Recording and Analysis of Natural Sounds
  • How to Draw like a Naturalist
  • iNaturalist 202: Monitoring, Exporting Data, Best Practices for Projects
  • Smartphone GPS and Mapping Skills Development Workshop
  • The Power of Direct Engagement with Nature: Outdoor Science Instruction
  • Facilitating Forest Ecotherapy
  • Facilitation and Collaboration Skills for Naturalists
  • The California Phenology Project: Tracking the Effects of Climate on the Seasonal Cycle of Wild Plants

Optional field trips are offered in conjunction with the conference. An overnight field trip at the Tejon Ranch Conservancy precedes the conference on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 8-9. The remaining field trips will be at the end of the conference, on Sunday, Sept. 11. The field trips are as follows:

  • From Mountain to City: Tour of the Santa Ana Watershed
  • UC Riverside Botanic Gardens
  • Unique Plant Communities and Geology of Bear Valley
  • Global Change in the San Bernardino National Forest
  • The National Children's Forest
  • Explore the Wild Side of Riverside at the Ameal Moore Nature Center
  • Transitional Plant Communities at Oak Glen Preserve and the Montane Botanic Garden
  • A River in the High Desert: Tour of Whitewater Preserve
  • Palm Oases, Sand Dunes, and Desert Shrub lands of the Coachella Valley

*Photo credit: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Chuck Rogers, The Early Bird

By Jeannette E. Warnert
Author - Communications Specialist