UC California Naturalist Program
The California Naturalist Program will begin April 6, 2017.
Application Deadline has been extended!!
Applications to the California Naturalist Program will now be accepted until March 5. Apply Online
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 6. The last meeting is Saturday, June 10. Lectures are required and will be from 7:00- 9:30 pm every Thursday (with a few exceptions highlighted in the program schedule) with most field trips on Saturday or Sunday. [View the program schedule.]
The fee for the program is $400.00. A limited number of scholarships are available for those with need.
- 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.
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. For more information contact: Linda Anderson or Brett Hall.
(All lectures will be at the Arboretum from 7:00 – 9:30 pm) except as highlighted (in bold text). Field Trips will generally be on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm unless otherwise highlighted. Please look carefully at the schedule and make sure that you are available for all lectures and at least 7 field trips. We expect all participants to attend a bird observation morning with Todd Newberry and the final Capstone presentations.
|April 6||Facilitated discussions.
Introduction to California ecology: fire, climate, adaptation and evolution
Tom Parker, Professor of Biology, SF State University
Introduction to Journaling
Native American Land Use and Management Practices
Field trip: Quiroste
|Birding Observations and Interpretations
Field trip: Arboretum, 8-11am
Sign up for one time only;
10 attendees max/session
|Todd Newberry, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC|
|April 13||Behavioral Ecology of California Birds||Bruce Lyon, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC|
|Bruce Lyon and Todd Newberry|
|April 20||Groundwater recharge: a critical surface-subsurface connection for California's central coast||Andy Fisher, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UCSC|
Santa Lucia Mountains field trip
Brett Hall, California Native Plant Program Director, UCSC Arboretum, and others
|April 27||Mammals of central coastal California: past and present||
Alan Shabel, lecturer, UC Paleontology Museum, UC Berkeley
|The Natural History of Insects||Peter Oboyski, Senior Scientist, Collection Manager, Essig Museum of Entomology|
|April 29||Bioblitz, UCSC||Peter Oboyski
Alex Jones, Steward, UCSC Campus Natural Reserve
|May 4||Amphibians and Reptiles of California||Barry Sinervo, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC|
|May 6||Bioblitz, Fort Ord||Joe Miller, Steward, UC Natural Reserve|
|May 11||Restoration and Management of Coastal prairie, coastal scrub, riparian, and maritime chaparral ecosystems||Grey Hayes, Ecologist, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve|
|May 13||Coastal Prairie: field techniques
Field trip: Upper UCSC campus
|May 18||A brief geologic history of California||Elise Knittle, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UCSC|
Field trip: Santa Cruz to Año Nuevo
|Hilde Schwartz, Senior Lecturer, Earth &Planetary Sciences.|
Rain, Snow, Fog, & Drought in California Ecosystems
|Michael Loik, Professor of Environmental Studies, UCSC|
|May 26 Friday
LiMPETS Project training
Emily Gottlieb, Coordinator of LiMPETS project for Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Field Trip: Tide Pools
Global climate change: geologic perspective
|Linda Anderson, emeritus Paleoceanography researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences, UCSC|
Forest Management Matters
Nadia Hamey, Registered Professional Forester, Hamey Consulting
|June 8||Wrap-up, working groups….moving forward||Linda, Brett, and Elizabeth|
|June 10||Capstones||Cast of characters|
- 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