OAEC is a non-profit education center in Sonoma County that works to promote ecologically and culturally resilient communities. Learn more.
California Naturalist Certification Program at OAEC
Thursday, Aug. 15 - Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013
Interested in our 2014 Certification course?
Read a beautiful reflection on the 2013 course in the Russian River District State Parks newsletter (pages 4-5).
Taught by: David Berman, Meghan Walla-Murphy and many guest instructors
As part of an exciting new program, OAEC is offering a California Naturalist Certification Program in conjunction with the University of California.
This residential summer intensive will introduce you to the wonders of our unique ecology; engage you in the stewardship of California’s natural communities; and enhance your professional development in the fields of biology, botany and more.
Through the California Naturalist program and exploration of the Sonoma Coast, participants become active members in a growing movement of conservation, citizen science, and volunteer activism. The Sonoma County coastline offers a unique landscape where temperate rain forest meets Mediterranean chaparral.
Participants will explore the redwood forests, oak woodlands, and riparian habitats of California’s coastal mountains. Class lectures and field trips will also take students from these coastal ranges to the ocean, informing about coastal prairies, estuaries, and marine tidal zones.
California Naturalist Volunteers complete 40 hours of combined classroom and field training and a recommended 40 hours of volunteer service.
This weeklong course will combine science curriculum, journaling, guest lecturers, daily field study, off site trips, and local cultural knowledge. We will use The California Naturalist Handbook as a curriculum guide.
Please see the participant schedule attached to the bottom of this page for course specifics.
The California Naturalist Program promotes environmental literacy and stewardship through discovery and action. Many other states have similar naturalist programs, but this is the first statewide program in California. Read about what you can do with a California Naturalist Certification.
If you don't want to register online, read about how to register.
See our Participant Information page for details on what to bring for overnight stays at OAEC.
Feel free to contact us! Call (707) 874-1557 ext. 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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