California Naturalist Program
April 3 - June 7, 2014
Note: the 2014 California Naturalist Program is over, applications are no longer being accepted.
The California Naturalist class will introduce you to the wonders of California’s unique ecology and engage you in the stewardship of our natural communities. This intensive certification program will utilize a combination of science curriculum, guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to immerse you in the natural world of the central coast. The program starts on Thursday evening, April 3. The last meeting is Saturday, June 7. Lectures will be from 7:00- 9:30 pm every Thursday with most field trips on Saturday or Sunday. [View the program schedule.]
- Foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration
- Provide training, in collaboration with local sponsoring institutions, for adult environmental stewards through an adaptable outdoor and in class curriculum which can be easily applied in a variety of settings
- Engage adults in interactive learning which provides them with scientific literacy and critical thinking skills
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Understand what it means to be a naturalist
- Integrate knowledge about the interconnectedness of abiotic, biotic and cultural factors and their influence on the natural history of the central coast
- Demonstrate skills in making and recording natural history observations in a field notebook
- Apply knowledge of central coast ecosystems to local and global environmental issues.
- Meet all of the course requirements.
Questions? Contact the hosts for the Arboretum's 2014 California Naturalist Program:
Consider becoming a sponsor! Your sponsorship will be greatly appreciated. Sponsors are acknowledged in class literature, on the Arboretum's website, in class presentations, and in class communications.
Want to print a flyer for the program?
You can find one here.
|April 3||Introduction to California ecology: fire, climate, adaptation and evolution||Tom Parker, Professor of Biology, SF State University|
|April 5||Introduction to iNaturalist Field trip: Upper Campus||Scott Loarie, co-Director of iNaturalist.org.|
|April 10||Global climate change: why, where, when, and what can we do||Linda Anderson, emeritus Paleoceanography researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences, UCSC|
|April 13||Native American Land Use and Management Practices Field trip: Quiroste||Rob Cuthrell, post-doctoral researcher, Dept. of Anthropology, UC Berkeley|
|April 17||Behavioral Ecology of California Birds||Bruce Lyon, Todd Newberry.|
|April 21, April 22, OR April 23||Birding Observations and Interpretations Field trip: Arboretum Sign up for one time only; 10 attendees max/session||Todd Newberry, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC|
|April 19||Bird Behavior Field trip: Long Marine Lab||Bruce Lyon, Todd Newberry|
|April 24||Building Naturalist Skills: Nature Journaling and Observation||John Muir Laws, Naturalist/Educator/author/ artist|
Building Naturalist Skills:
Nature Journaling and Observation.
Optional Workshop: $50
|John Muir Laws, Naturalist/Educator/author/ artist|
|April 26||The many reasons forest management is important Field trip: Big Creek/Cemex/Swanton||Nadia Hamey, Registered Professional Forester, Hamey Consulting|
|May 1||Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles across California and Conservation Considerations from Development and Global Warming||Barry Sinervo, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC|
|May 2-4||Santa Lucia Mountains field trip Field trip: Big Creek Reserve||Brett Hall and others|
|May 8||Groundwater recharge: a critical surface-subsurface connection for California's central coast||Andy Fisher, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UCSC|
|May 10||Herpetology Field trip: Arboretum||Gage Dayton Director of Natural Reserve|
|May 15||The Natural History and Identification of California Trees||Matt Ritter, Professor of Biology, Director of Cal Poly Plant Conservatory|
|May 16||The Natural History of Insects||Peter Oboyski, Senior Scientist, Collection Manager, Essig Museum of Entomology|
|May 17||Insect Ecology Field trip: Arboretum||Peter Oboyski|
|May 22||A brief geologic history of California||Elise Knittle|
|May 24||Coastal Geology Field trip: Santa Cruz to Año Nuevo||
Jerry Weber, Consulting Geologist, Emeritus Senior Lecturer, Summer Field
Hilde Schwartz, Senior Lecturer, Earth & Planetary Sciences.
|May 29||California: an ecoregional tour||Todd Keeler-Wolf, Environmental Scientist and Ecologist, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife|
|May 30||LiMPETS training session||Ann Wasser, Coordinator of LiMPETS project for Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History|
|May 31||LiMPETS Project Field Trip: Tide Pools||Ann Wasser|
|June 5||Santa Cruz Puma Project||Chris Wilmers, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Dept., UCSC|
|June 7||Capstone Project Presentations|
- Thursday Lectures: 7-9:30 (2.5 hours)
- Field Trips: 7 of 9
- Field Notebook: entries for all fieldtrips
- Capstone Project
- iNaturalist: 3 postings weekly http://www.inaturalist.org/
- 40 hours of volunteer work over the year following the class posted to https://uccn.volunteersystem.org/UniversalLogin.cfm
- California Naturalist Handbook $30.58
Available for purchase first day of class
- The Natural History of the UC Santa Cruz Campus $12.95
Available at Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop at the Arboretum or at The Bay Tree Bookstore on the UCSC campus.
[Required reading schedule.]
- The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, by Sibley, D.A.
- Field Notebook (Sokkia mining transit, Moleskine watercolor or the equivalent)
- Water proof ink pen or pencil, small plastic ruler.
- Hand lens (at least 10x jewelers loop, magnifying glass)
- Digital camera or smart phone