Becoming a California Naturalist
For information on how to become a certified California Naturalist, please visit the state-wide website at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/UCCNP/ There you will find information on upcoming training programs.
All certification trainings use the same curriculum and have the same goals including:
- plant communities
- food webs
- energy transfer
- To promote environmental literacy and stewardship of California's natural resources
- To increase participation in resource conservation and citizen science projects throughout the state
- To develop a core constituency of committed and educated citizens willing and able to participate in resource conservation, preservation, and restoration efforts
- To provide participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to educate others and participate in many aspects of resource management, such as public education, resource planning and public decision-making
- To provide the communication experience and critical thinking skills necessary to grow a citizen base that supports environmental protection and sustainable growth in California
- To support partner organizations as they implement the program
Benefits to the Participant
- A new appreciation for and knowledge of California’s unique ecology and natural history
- Opportunities for personal and professional growth
- New skills for volunteer and professional enrichment
- Special knowledge of and access to local resources, ecology and natural areas
- Access to new venues for creative and hobby activities such as bird watching, sketching, photography, etc.
- Fellowship with other California Naturalist participants throughout the state
- The excitement of being part of the venerable tradition of naturalists throughout history and an innovative new program for natural resource stewardship.