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 April 2021 Newsletter: The Power of the People

Participatory science is now recognized as a critical component of Earth stewardship that strengthens community involvement, supports science learning, builds scientific literacy, and helps people develop a commitment to place. It's a great time to get outside, and while you're there, we hope you can find ways to contribute to science!

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 community believes 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.

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 Recordings: CONES: California Online Naturalist Event Series. Enjoy our latest CONES presentation on What Lizards Tell Us About a Warming Planet with CalNat lead scientist Dr. Cameron Barrows.

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Course Update: For UC Climate Stewards, every day is Earth Day There is power within all of us to tackle some of the immediate effects of climate change. The UC Climate Stewards (UCCS) course is a new certification course offered through the UC California Naturalist program. UCCS prepares individuals to communicate and engage in local solutions to advance community and ecosystem resilience. Read our FAQ and take a course near you

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

Meet the Naturalists: Check Out Our New California Naturalist Story Map. In pictures and words, we seek to share the inspiring stories of California Naturalists from around the state.


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Community: Share Your California Naturalist Story! We all came to be a California Naturalist through different avenues and motivations. We all have different life experience, perspective, and talents we bring to the Californian Naturalist community. And yet we all have a keen interest in nature in common. We want to share your unique story.

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