Hello to those that follow us out there in the blogosphere! We're going to post regular weekly or biweekly CalNat program and partner/Naturalist highlights here. Let us know in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggestions or updates/pics to share about your course, capstone project, partner organization etc! A lot of the content will look familiar if you're already following us on Facebook or Twitter, but we realize no one communication type fits all and some folks miss those updates. To see new posts you can log into the volunteer portal, or look at the bottom right of the page here to find the buttons to subscribe for e-mail updates or add to your RSS feed. Following is a summary of the last few weeks. Enjoy!
Join us in congratulating our second graduating class of University of California, Merced Vernal Pools Reserve California Naturalists! This spring the vernal pools received more rain than they have in 5 years, creating a breathtaking outdoor classroom that was teeming with life. Capstone projects included developing naturalist and citizen science curriculum for Merced public schools, creating several local interpretive trail guides, implementing a bullfrog eradication project, and participating in citizen science projects including raptor surveys with Audubon California, the Lost Ladybug Project, and water quality monitoring.
CalNat has a lot of teachers to appreciate on National Teacher Appreciation Week! From our 35+ course instructors (pic from the inaugural 2014 CalNat conference) and guest experts, to all the dedicated classroom teachers and interpreters that attend and enrich our classes, we salute you and your important work! Don't forget to#ThankATeacher this week!
CalNat was well represented at the California Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education - AEOE 2016 Statewide Conference this past weekend in Malibu! CalNat Instructor Chris Cameron from Camp Ocean Pines, and CalNat staff, Shayna, teamed up on a joint presentation, and we ran into a few Certified California Naturalists also enjoying the conference. Outdoor educators and CalNat certification--what a perfect match! Hope to see CAEOE at our CalNat Conference #CalNat2016!
Have you checked out the program lately? We have added some amazing speakers! #CalNat2016 http://calnat.ucanr.edu/2016conference/2016program//span>
Happy Earth Day California Naturalists and Naturalists in training!
In honor of you and all your hard work on behalf of California's natural resources, we are running a discount this weekend only on registration for the upcoming #CalNat2016 conference.
Start planning now and join your fellow naturalists at the most engaging, informative, energizing, and fun conference you'll attend! Check out the stellar speaker lineup here. Key conference dates listed below.
Who: YOU! Certified California Naturalists and Naturalists-in-Training only
What: 10% off conference registration ($135 this weekend only)
When: Register right now through Monday morning, April 25th at 9AM
Why: Because your dedication is inspiring! We want to honor all your hard work on Earth's big holiday weekend!
Key dates for the upcoming #CalNat2016 statewide conference:
- September 9-11, 2016: Conference
- May 15: Scholarship application deadline for California Naturalists and Naturalists-in-Training
- June 8: Lightning talk and poster proposals due (CalNat prints posters for free for California Naturalists!)
- June 30: Early registration rate ends
- September 8: Pre-conference optional overnight field trip to Tejon Ranch Conservancy
- September 9: Pre-conference trainings
- September 10: Concurrent sessions and plenary talks, lightning talks, poster reception, natural history book corner
- September 11: Field trips
Check out the 2015 California Naturalist Service Pin, Naturalists!
CalNat is proud to announce that we received the Program of the Year Award at the Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs annual national meeting. Considering the company we keep in that fine organization and the relative infancy of the California Naturalist Program, we are quite honored to share this award with our naturalists, our many partners, and our colleagues at UC Agriculture & Natural Resources that make our community so vibrant! Read more here.
Calling all naturalists: we're headed to the mountains! We're excited to announce we have a venue and dates for the 2016 CalNat Statewide Conference: Observe nature. Foster partnerships. Plan for change. September 9-11, 2016 at Pali Mountain Retreat & Conference Center in Running Springs, in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains (http://www.paliretreat.com/). Details to emerge over the next few months, including ways to participate, present, and sponsor and scholarships. We look forward to seeing you in the mountains! http://calnat.ucanr.edu/2016conference/