Friday, October 7

12:30 PM

Pre-Conference Workshops (times vary)


Registration & Check-In


Opening Ceremonies



8:30 PM

Evening Activities

Saturday, October 8

7:00 AM

Early Bird Activities




Concurrent Session A

Track 1: Sierra Natural History
Focuses specifically on the natural history of the Sierra Nevada and the Tahoe Basin.

Track 2: Environmental Education & Participatory Science
Focuses on stewardship through non-formal environmental education and participatory science.




Concurrent Session B

Track 1: California Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Focuses on major CA ecosystems and biodiversity conservation.

Track 2: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice in Conservation 
Examines real examples of meaningful integration of diversity, equity and inclusion in conservation efforts.

12 Noon


1:30 PM



Concurrent Session C

Track 1: Resilience to Climate Change
Explores examples of building community and ecosystem resilience

Track 2: Culture and Environment/Co-Design
Sessions present examples of co-design processes that make programs locally and culturally relevant




Special Session I

  • Lightning talks are a low-pressure review of important highlights of your California Naturalist and Climate Steward experience: in just 5 minutes, share an interpretive technique, an overview of your capstone project, a creative endeavor, a volunteer opportunity, a project your organization could use help with, an interesting community resilience project or just something that ignites and energizes you that’s worth sharing with the rest of us!


  • Community of Practice Strategies: One of the things that binds us all together is our shared community and what better way to learn about what instructors, stewards and naturalists are doing post-course than to attend the Community of Practice (COP) session to learn about the various ways we continue to connect throughout the state post- certification.
















Special Session II

Plan to join us for the evening social activities: Silent auction, book corner and skill share marketplace session!

Silent Auction

If you'd like to donate items to the Silent Auction, please complete the online form!

Book Corner

  • Celebrity Signatures: Stop by to meet the authors/artists and get a signed copy of their book or bring your own item for them to sign. Check our conference website for celebrity updates.
  • Support our CalNat Free Library to make books available for everyone! Promote environmental and climate knowledge by sharing extra resource books. Come to the book corner to drop-off or pick-up books relevant to California Naturalists and UC Climate Stewards class participants and graduates (e.g. California Naturalist Handbook; Climate Stewardship, field guides, The Rough Guide to Climate Change, indigenous science books, favorite related books, etc.). Check our conference website for more information on how you can support and benefit from our CalNat Free Library.

The Activity and Skill Share Marketplace

Enjoy an open market format social for a low-key way to learn something new as presenters bring their craft to the market and share with us what they do best and how they do it. 

8:30 PM

Evening Activities

Sunday, October 9

7:00 AM

Early Bird Activities




Closing Ceremony

10:00 AM

Post-Conference Field Tours (times vary)

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