California Naturalist

This UC California Naturalist immersion program is a partnership between the University of California Cooperative Extension and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) Field Institute. Our primary mission is to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists.

California Naturalist students are able to experience Point Reyes National Seashore in ways the casual visitor cannot, working in areas less traveled and alongside some of the California's most knowledgeable naturalists. Our instructors are experts in their field and provide an inside look into the diverse wildlife, natural resource management, and large scale public interpretation here at Point Reyes National Seashore. We also provide classrooms and lodging at many unique historical facilities not open to the general public.

This program utilizes a combination of science curriculum, guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to immerse students in the diverse natural world of the 70,000 acres that make up Point Reyes National Seashore.

Graduates of this program are ready to take an active role in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration. You are also eligible for 4 credit units from UC Davis Extension.

2016 California Naturalist Program dates below:


Cal Nat Waterfront Experience - Historic Lifeboat Station - Week Immersion - August 7th-14th


Cal Nat Rustic Adventure - Clem Miller Ed Center - Week Immersion - April 10th-17th

Cal Nat Local Edition - Morgan Horse Ranch - Saturday Lecture Series
May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11 - 9am to 5pm


2014/2015 California Naturalist photos below
All photos by Daniel Dietrich