UC California Naturalist Program
The mission of the UC California Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service.
The UC California Naturalist Program is the hub of a collective impact network. We currently offer two certification courses: UC California Naturalist and UC Climate Stewards. To become a certified California Naturalist or UC Climate Steward, participants need to complete a 40+ hour course. Read more about us or find a course near you.
News & Inspiration
California Naturalist and Climate Stewards: certification course calendar
|Climate Stewards UCR Palm Desert Center course||7/10/2021|
|CalNat Bolsa Chica Conservancy course||8/2/2021|
|CalNat College of the Redwoods course||8/16/2021|
|CalNat American River College courses||8/21/2021|
|NorCo Community College course||8/27/2021|
|CalNat West Valley College course||8/30/2021|
|CalNat Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History course||9/1/2021|
|Climate Stewards American River Conservancy course||9/2/2021|
|CalNat Friends of the Dunes course||9/9/2021|
|CalNat Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum course||9/11/2021|
|CalNat Effie Yeaw Nature Center course||9/13/2021|
|CalNat Cuesta College||9/23/2021|
|CalNat Point Reyes National Seashore Association course||9/25/2021|
|CalNat UCR Palm Desert Center course||10/2/2021|
|CalNat Palomar Community College course||10/16/2021|
|CalNat Emerald Cove Outdoor Science Institute course||10/24/2021|
|CalNat Pepperwood course||1/8/2022|
|CalNat USC BISC 369||1/10/2022|
|CalNat Tuleyome course||1/14/2022|
|CalNat Tuleyome immersion course||4/10/2022|
Please save the date for our 2022 Statewide Conference and 10th Anniversary Celebration! Thanks to conference sponsors, speakers, instructors, and our organizing committee, current and future California Naturalists and Climate Stewards from all walks of life will have a chance to meet each other. We'll explore new directions in natural history, climate change and environmental education, participatory science, biodiversity conservation, and building community and ecosystem resilience.
Words Matter: They Can Inspire Hope and They Can Incite Hate Through our actions and our words, we hope to communicate a clear message. The UC California Naturalist & UC Climate Stewards community believe in the positive and inspiring power of words. We stand in solidarity with the diverse community of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders against racism and xenophobia. And, we reaffirm our mission to foster a diverse (and inclusive) community of naturalists and promote the stewardship of California’s natural resources through education and service.
Resources: Online Nature Education In response to recent "shelter in place" orders and an increasing demand for online and hybrid delivery courses in general, we curated a list of our favorite online resources for quality California-focused natural history education