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Advanced Trainings

Being a California Naturalist is a commitment to life long learning. Here you can find training opportunities being offered by CalNat Program partnering organizations as well as the University of California. These continuing education opportunities are, unless otherwise noted, open to the public (Certified Naturalist or not). 

If you work with a partnering organization please submit new training opportunities here.

California Forest Stewardship Workshop

  • Organization Name
    Hopland Research and Extension Center
  • Brief course description

    Overview: The goal of the workshop is to help landowners understand and protect their forests by creating a Forest Management Plan. The workshop will cover:
        • Forest management objectives and planning
        • Forest health, insects and disease
        • Forest and fire ecology, wildlife, watersheds
        • Fuels reduction and forest resource marketing
        • Mapping, inventory and silviculture
        • Project development & permitting
        • Getting professional help and cost-share opportunities

    Hosted by: the University of California  Cooperative Extension in  collaboration with CAL FIRE, Forest Landowners of California, USFS
    Region 5, the American Forest Foundation, California Association of
    Resource Conservation Districts, and the California Fire Safe Council.

    Registration for the workshop is $60. Space is limited. Registration is now available at http://ucanr.edu/forestryworkshops/. Space is limited. For questions, contact Mike Jones, mjones@ucdavis.edu, (707) 463-4495.

  • Website for more information
  • Start date
    1/11/2020, 1/12/20 & 1/25/2020
  • County location
    Mendocino County

King Tides

  • Organization Name
    Preserve Calvera
  • Brief course description

    Join Preserve Calavera to learn about king tides and what climate change means for our coastlines.

    (for more information: Paige pdecino@preservecalavera.org)

  • Website for more information
  • Start date
    1/12/2020
  • County location
    San Diego County

What's that Plant? Tunnel Road, Santa Barbara

  • Organization Name
    Santa Barbara Bontanic Garden
  • Brief course description

    The plants all around us tell stories that illuminate California's history and secrets to survival in its landscapes. If you'd like to experience those stories firsthand and take a deeper look into nature, join us for a new field trip we're calling “What's That Plant?”. Director of Education and Engagement, Scot Pipkin, will guide you on an easy hike on a local trail and introduce you to the common plants of this region.

    We will meet at Inspiration Point Trail head. You will have to find parking along Tunnel Road. This is a very popular hiking spot with multiple trails, so you’ll have to park and walk up the road to the trailhead. There is no parking lot for this trail head. Please give yourself plenty of time to park and walk, and please be respectful of our neighbors who live on this busy stretch of road. Meet us at Inspiration Point Trailhead where there is a large metal gate across the road.

    Scot Pipkin was born and raised in San Diego, California. After attending UCLA and receiving a degree in Geography with an emphasis in biogeography, he has spent his career acquiring and sharing an understanding of the natural world that emphasizes the interconnections that surround us. 

  • Start date
    1/26/2020
  • County location
    Santa Barbara County

Conservation Icons: Dr. Jonathan Foley-Immediate threat of climate change and what you can do now

  • Organization Name
    Mt Diablo Region - Lindsay Wildlife Experience
  • Brief course description

    Hear from world-renowned environmental scientist Dr. Jonathan Foley on the immediate threat of climate change and what you can do now.

    Dr. Foley is the premier speaker at Lindsay Wildlife’s Third Annual Conservation Icons Speaker Series. A sustainability expert and executive director of the non-profit organization Project Drawdown which is committed to ending global warming. 

    A noted researcher and adviser to governments and other organizations around the world, Foley has contributed to the understanding of global ecosystems, food security and the environment, and climate change, among other issues.

  • Start date
    11/22/2019
  • County location
    Contra Costa County

Fall Bird Walk at Knickerbocker Creek

  • Organization Name
    American River Conservancy
  • Brief course description

    Tim and Angela Jackson typically lead a bird walk here in the spring. We’ll return to the same location in the fall to see what songbirds, raptors, and water birds are there now. Tim maintains a website (eldoradobirds.com) on bird watching in El Dorado County. Angela is a local writer and photographer. This is a slow-paced, easy-moderate hike of 3-4 miles. Quiet, mature children 8+ welcome. Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Cool area).

  • Start date
    11/24/2019
  • County location
    El Dorado County

Why We Care about Sandhill Cranes

  • Organization Name
    Yolo Basin Foundation
  • Brief course description

    Paul Tebbel combines video footage and photos with research results and personal anecdotes to introduce you to Sandhill Cranes and to help you understand how their physical and behavioral characteristics and their life history make them special. Paul is a nationally renowned crane expert and has spent over 40 years of his life watching, researching and learning about cranes. This program is suitable for all age audiences, especially those just learning about cranes.

  • Website for more information
  • Start date
    12/05/2019
  • County location
    Yolo County

Boyd Deep Canyon: Chad: A conservation adventure to save a species

Bald Eagle Celebration

  • Organization Name
    Southern California Mountains Foundation
  • Brief course description

    Join US Forest Service Wildlife Biologist Robin Eliason for an exciting presentation about our favorite winter visitor, the Bald Eagle.

  • Start date
    12/14/19, 1/11/20
  • County location
    San Bernardino County

Phenology Walk Workshop

  • Organization Name
    UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden
  • Brief course description

    Learn how to track seasonal changes in plants through hands on training at our ongoing, one a month, weekend work shops. Phenology researcher Karen Tanner provides hands-on data collection training.

    Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.

    Phenology: nature’s calendar - phenology is the timing of life cycle events, for example: when plants first bloom, birds migrate, and insects hatch. 

     

  • Start date
    12/14/2019
  • County location
    Santa Cruz County

The Curious World of Seaweed

  • Organization Name
    Point Reyes National Seashore Association
  • Brief course description

    The Curious World of Seaweed is Josie Iselin's newly released book. Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the oceans, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. In this beautiful volume Josie explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region along our Pacific Coast. Historical botanical illustrations and Iselin's signature portraits of each specimen reveal their vibrant colors—whether rosy, "olivaceous," or grass-green—and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic.Josie will describe her path as an artist into the science of seaweed and share a few seaweed stories, introducing some women scientists who were crucial in broadening our understanding of the oceans. Projections of Josie’s spectacular imagery of seaweeds—collected from her constant wanderings along our California coastline and beaches—will help explain the science and impart the wonder of this ocean universe.

  • Start date
    12/14/2019
  • County location
    Marin County

Wild Coachella: The National Monument

Naturalist Series: Geology

  • Organization Name
    Sierra Foothill Conservancy
  • Brief course description

    Join Geologist, Craig Poole for a hike to the top of Table Mountain to investigate the geology of the Preserve. You will learn how geologists read rocks and landscapes to unravel the geologic history of an area. Please bring a sack lunch, water and dress for the weather. Cost for this special presentation and hike is $20 per participant. Limited to just 20 participants.

    Interested in taking a deeper dive into the natural history and ecology of our local landscapes? Check out our Events Listing for more opportunities – Astronomy, Botany, and a BioBlitz are planned with local experts and engaging presenters!

  • Start date
    12/7/2019
  • County location
    Fresno County

Naturalist Series: Bioblitz at the Martin Preserve!

  • Organization Name
    Sierra Foothill Conservancy
  • Brief course description

    All species are tied to a vast network of biological interconnections that may both enable and hamper their survival.

    Join Biologist Rodney Olsen for an exploration of the numerous connections between species within California oak woodland communities. This Naturalist Series class will consist of a leisurely two-mile hike on the Martin Preserve where participants will have an opportunity to hone their identification skills while exploring this community for signs of species connectedness. The iNaturalist app may be used by participants to aid in species identification and document observations (please download beforehand if you intend to use it). Please bring a sack lunch and beverages. Limited to 16 participants.

  • Start date
    3/15/2020
  • County location
    Fresno County

March 2020:Conservation Icons: Dr. Carlos de la Rosa

  • Organization Name
    Mt Diablo Region - Lindsay Wildlife Experience
  • Brief course description

    Learn how to begin and sustain critical conversations about environmental stewardship with Lindsay’s own wildlife conservationist and executive director.

    A biologist, photographer and storyteller, Dr. Carlos de la Rosa will discuss the importance of addressing the current global climate emergency through daily conversations and actions. His presentation will provide examples of how we can reduce our environmental footprints and inspire our communities to become more sustainable.

  • Start date
    3/28/2020
  • County location
    Contra Costa County

Peaks, Valleys, and Farms: Insights into the complex heritage of Western red foxes

  • Organization Name
    Yolo Basin Foundation
  • Brief course description

    Sophie Preckler-Quisquater, UC Davis Mammalian Ecology and Conservation Unit

    The Sacramento Valley red fox (SVRF, Vulpes vulpes patwin) is endemic to the northern Central Valley of California. It is considered a State Species of Greatest Conservation Need due to its decline in abundance from historical levels and restricted distribution. While its closest relative, the Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) occupies high elevation, subalpine habitat, the Sacramento Valley red fox appears to be uniquely adapted to the semi-arid, lowland region that is its namesake. Along with habitat loss, hybridization with nonnative red foxes of fur-farm origin has been identified as a threat to the genetic integrity of the Sacramento Valley red fox along the southern edge of its range. Sophie uses a combination of traditional wildlife monitoring techniques and “next-generation” genomic tools to characterize the ecology and evolution of this endemic subspecies, and address the potential consequences of continued hybridization with the nonnative red population.

  • Website for more information
  • Start date
    4/02/2020
  • County location
    Yolo County

February 2020 Conservation Icons: Dr. Lisa Tell, UC Davis (hummingbirds)

  • Organization Name
    Mt Diablo Region - Lindsay Wildlife Experience
  • Brief course description

    Take a peek into the fascinating world of hummingbirds with Dr. Lisa Tell, professor of veterinary medicine at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and director of the university’s hummingbird program. Dr. Tell is one of Lindsay Wildlife’s Conservation Icons and will be at Lindsay 6 p.m., Feb. 8, 2020 to speak about these colorful pollinators.

  • Start date
    February 8, 2020
  • County location
    Contra Costa County

January 2020 Conservation Icons: Obi Kaufmann

  • Organization Name
    Mt Diablo Region - Lindsay Wildlife Experience
  • Brief course description

    See California’s rivers, lakes, mountains, wildlife and more through the unique visual lens of artist, illustrator and naturalist Obi Kaufmann, author of the bestselling “The California Field Atlas,” and the recently released “The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource.” Kaufmann is one of Lindsay Wildlife’s Conservation Icons.

     

     

  • Start date
    January 11, 2020
  • County location
    N / A