California Naturalist

Meeting days/times:
Monday, November 10  - Sunday, November 16. 
Daily lectures and field seminars.
Classroom/Lodging Location:
Clem Miller Environmental Education Center
Course Description:
The PRNSA California Naturalist training course will introduce you to the unique ecology and natural history of California and the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin County. The  course combines curriculum, guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning focused on the natural world of California. Coursework and activities will engage students in the theory and practice of citizen science and direct stewardship. Participants earn the University of California’s California Naturalist certificate for attending lectures, field seminars, taking field notes, and completing a Capstone Project.
Student Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Describe the role of the scientific method in understanding natural history.
  2. Relate knowledge of natural history to becoming a naturalist and an environmental steward.
  3. Integrate knowledge about the interconnectedness of abiotic and biotic factors (including human) and their influence on the natural history of the Point Reyes National Seashore.
  4. Demonstrate skills in making and recording observations in a field notebook.
  5. Apply knowledge of the Point Reyes Peninsula ecosystem to local and global environmental issues.
  6. Understand and communicate the role of citizen science in informing the natural resources management decision making processes.
Capstone Project:
As a requirement of the course, participants complete and present a Capstone Project. Participants can work individually or in teams to design and implement their Capstone Project. Before completion of the course, students give a 5-10 minute oral presentation of their Capstone Project to the class and Instructor. Capstone Project requirements can be satisfied in many ways, including stewardship, education, interpretation, citizen science and program support.  
Naturalist Field Notebook:
Naturalists document their field observations with notes and sketches in a detailed Field Notebook. It is a course requirement to keep a Field Notebook during the course. Participants are also encouraged to record observations using an online field data collection and social networking tool called iNaturalist.
Service Volunteering:
Participants participate in habitat restoration, citizen science, and non-profit conservation program support as part of the Field Institute California Naturalist course. California Naturalists are encouraged to complete 40 hours of volunteer service each year as part of being a California Naturalist. Each California Naturalist that logs 40 or more hours per year into the Volunteer Management system online receives a special lapel pin!
Required Text:
The California Naturalist Handbook, UC Press, 2013. (included)

The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula, Jules Evens (included)

Registration Fee:
$1,500 per person

Includes class materials, class text books, full catered meals, transportation around the park and lodging at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center for the duration of the program.

Call (415) 663-1200 x373 for more information.

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