California Naturalist Certification Program at OAEC

2013-08-15 4:00 pm
2013-08-22 2:30 pm
America/Los Angeles

Thursday, Aug. 15 - Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 California Naturalist

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).

Hummingbird sunset

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.

Sonoma coastline

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.

Skull found at Bodega dunesParticipants 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.

Beautiful California flowersThis 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.

Coho salmonContacts:

David Berman

Meghan Walla-Murphy

Cost: $1,200

Deposit: $200

Eventbrite - California Naturalist Certification Training

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.

About this certification program

Feel free to contact us! Call (707) 874-1557 ext. 101 or email

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