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The application process for our 2019 California Naturalist Certificate training is now closed. Please check back in January 2020 to apply for the next training program.

The California Naturalist class introduces you to the wonders of nature and engages you in the stewardship of California’s natural communities. The course utilizes a combination of science curriculum, guest lectures, field trips, and project-based learning to immerse you in the natural world of the San Francisco Peninsula. Participants become part of a community of graduates from previous years. 

The University of California Naturalist Program promotes environmental literacy and stewardship through discovery and action. This 40-hour course combines classroom and field experience in science, problem-solving, communication training and community service to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Bay Area. California Naturalist Certification provides the following benefits:

  • New skills, opportunities, and incentives for personal, volunteer, and professional development

  • Future discounts and invitations to CalNat biennial statewide conferences and other continuing education opportunities

  • Connections to science institutions across the state

  • Fellowship and collaboration with other certified California Naturalists throughout the state

  • The excitement of being part of the venerable tradition of naturalists throughout history and part of a new innovative community of natural resource stewards

In addition to coursework and field trips, California Naturalists are required to complete an 8-hour “capstone project” in one of four areas: program support, interpretation/education, restoration/conservation, and/or community science, and are also encouraged to complete 40 hours of volunteer service each year.

Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.