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Calaveras Big Trees State Park Fall 2015 Training

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The class
 

studying geology at Lake Alpine

studying geology at Lake Alpine

Action items to prepare for Saturday, October 17th class

  1. Read Chapter 2 "Geology, Climate and Soils" in the handbook and view the pdf.
  2. Complete the Ch 2 assignment and bring it to class with you.
  3. Here is a more detailed agenda on what we will be doing on Saturday.

Odds and Ends.....

  1. Ryan, our 'Water' speaker, has sent me his powerpoint presentation. Click here to view and download it.
  2.  Here is the powerpoint presentation I gave covering CA Natural History and the Role of Naturalist.
  3. Wayne, one of our "Forest and Fire" speakers, has made his powerpoint available. Click here  to view and download it.
  4. Susie, our other "Forest" speaker has her powerpoint here for you to download.
  5. Paul, our "Wildlife" speaker, has sent me his powerpoint presentation. Click here to view and download it as a pdf file.
  6.  Here is the 'Geology' powerpoint presentation from Glenn.
  7. I have updated the 'Student checklist' to reflect what we have actually done in class.
  8. I have made up a list of websites, apps and places to look for information that we have talked about over the last month. If you have more to share, let me know and I will add them.

Action items to prepare for Saturday, Oct. 10 class

  1. A reminder that class is 8:30am to 1:30pm today.
  2. We will be out in the field for a good part of the day working on the iNaturalist project. Please dress appropriately.
  3. The Thompson-Metzger Family, Kevin, Teddie, Ben, Sally & Jim, Tom and Bette will be giving their Capstone presentations today.
  4. Last chance to turn in missing paperwork, assignments and journal entries!
  5. Click here  for a more detailed agenda on what we will be doing today.

Action items to prepare for Friday, Oct. 9 class

  1. Log into your VMS account and try it out. If you have any problems, first try a different browser. If that doesn't work, you can email Emily (emily.metzger@foodcorps.org) or myself (kcingram@ucanr.edu) Just a few VMS (Volunteer Management System) clarifications: 1. Any hours you  are working on your capstone, be it in the field or on your computer count, so record them in the VMS and label the event 'capstone project work'; 2. Our classroom and field hours do NOT count towards your capstone. They are part of becoming certified, so you do not record them in the VMS; 3. If you are working towards extension credits, please contact the state office as I am not in that loop. 4. Under 'event description' just enter a title or theme like 'capstone project work' or 'Sacramento River cleanup' or 'trail maintenance at CBTSP' - more detail is not necessary.
  2. Check out the iNaturalist website (http://www.inaturalist.org/) and see if you can find the Calaveras Big Trees State Park project. Jeannette Warnert, our guest speaker this coming weekend, will be showing us how to navigate through the website and post to the project. Make sure your phones and ipads are charged up and ready to go!
  3. Mary, Nick, Bonnie, Dexter, Nancy and Heidi will be giving their Capstone presentations tonight.
  4. If you have any outstanding paperwork, assignments or journal entries, please have them for me tonight or tomorrow at the latest. I want to make sure you get credit for all of your hard work. I have updated the Student checklist to reflect our altered syllabus and to give more details on items that I need to check.
  5. I will also be checking your behavioral observation assignment tonight.
  6. Click here for a more detailed agenda of what we will be doing Friday night.

Action items to prepare for Saturday, Oct. 3 class

  1. Read Chapter 6 "Animals" in the handbook and view the Animals pdf file.
  2. Complete the Ch. 6 assignment and bring it to class with you.
  3. Click  here for a more detailed agenda on what we will be doing in class Saturday.

Action items to prepare for Friday, Oct. 2 class

  1. Read Ch. 3 "Water" in the handbook and view the Chapter 3 pdf file
  2. Complete the Ch. 3 assignment and bring it with you to class.
  3. I had several requests to post Tapan Pathak's presentation on climate change. So,  here you go!
  4. Keep working on your capstone projects. Remember: Consider your audience. Did you get the ok from Wendy or other park staff? These projects can spiral out of control, so keep things 'doable'. Having doubts or questions? Email me!
  5. Click here  for a more detailed agenda on what we will be doing Friday night. Remember, class starts at 5:00pm.

Action items to prepare for Thursday, Sept. 24 class

  1. Read Chapter 7 "Energy and Global Environmental Issues" in the handbook and view the Energy and Global Environmental Issues pdf file.
  2. Complete the Chapter 7 assignment and bring it to class for review.
  3. Journal exercise: Take 10 minutes and sit outside by yourself. Focus on the sounds you hear, recording them in your journal. Are they a natural part of the environment or do they come from a human activity? Are you inspired by any or annoyed by some? I will be checking in with everyone to see how their journals are coming along this week. Please feel free to make additional observations, repeat activities or enter anything else in your journal that is meaningful to you.
  4. Your capstone proposal form is due tonight. Here is the capstone presentations helpful hints sheet, and the Capstone ideas for Calaveras Big Trees State Park sheet that I showed last Friday night. If you have any questions, please contact me before Thursday nights class.
  5. Click here for a more detailed agenda of what we will be doing in Thursday's class.

Action items to prepare for Saturday, Sept. 19 class

  1. Read Chapter 4 'Plants' in the handbook and view the Plants pdf file.
  2. Complete the Chapter 4 assignment  and bring it to class for review.
  3. Click here for a more detailed agenda of what we will be doing in Saturday's class.

Action items to prepare for Friday, Sept.18 class

  1. Read Ch.8 "Interpretation, Collaboration and Citizen Science" in the handbook and view this Interpretation pdf file.
  2. Complete the Chapter 8 assignment and bring it to class for review.
  3. Read Ch. 5 "Forest, Woodland and Range Resources and Management" in the handbook and view this Forest, Woodland and Range Resources  file.
  4. Complete the Chapter 5 Assignment and bring it to class for review.
  5. Click here for a more detailed agenda on what we will be doing in class.

Action items to prepare for Saturday, September 12 class

  1. Read Chapter 2 "Geology, Climate, and Soils" in the handbook and view this pdf pdf file.
  2. Complete the Chapter 2 assignment and bring it to class for review first thing.
  3. Click here for a more detailed agenda of what we will be doing today.

Action items to prepare for Friday, Sept. 11 class

  1. Read Chapter 1 "California Natural History and the Role of Naturalists" in the handbook and view this Chapter01_Intro pdf file.
  2. Complete the Chapter 1 Assignment and bring it to the first class.
  3. We will be doing a field note & observation activity during the first class. Please bring your journal and pencils/pens/colored pencils/etc.
  4. Click here for a more detailed agenda on what we will be covering during the first class.

Action Items before classes start

 

  1. Purchase "The California Naturalist Handbook” by Greg de Never, Deborah Stanger Edelman, and Adina Merenlender. (List price $34.95). Can be purchased on Amazon or from UC Press: There is a 20% discount on the book from UC Press (shipping and tax nearly make up the difference). See link at bottom left of this web page: http://calnat.ucanr.edu/Take_a_class/
  2. If you are interested in earning UC Davis Extension credits, please use the following link for information ~  https://extension.ucdavis.edu/areas-study/land-use-and-natural-resources/ca-naturalist-program
  3. Here is a brochure and map of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.We will be meeting in the Education Center Classroom next to the Visitor's Center.
  4. Please fill out the CA Naturalist Program Waiver of Liability, Emergency Contact and Photo Release forms and bring them with you to the first class.
  5. Download the Student checklistfor your personal use. It will help you keep track of course requirements.
  6. Here are a list of capstone project ideas to assist Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Take a look and start thinking about projects that inspire you!
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