Stewards is pleased to host the UC California Naturalist Certification Program. This 9 week, 50+ hour class will introduce you to the wonders the Sonoma Coast and engage you in the stewardship of California’s natural communities. Through the University of California Naturalist Program, participants become active members in a growing movement of conservation citizen science, and volunteer activism. Our unique ecosystem offers a 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 venture from coastal ranges to the ocean, informing about coastal prairies, estuaries, and marine tidal zones.
This course combines science curriculum, journaling, guest lecturers, daily field study, off site trips, and local cultural knowledge. The California Naturalist Program promotes environmental literacy and stewardship through discovery and action.
Instructors: David Berman (Environmental Educator), Meghan Walla-Murphy (Ecological Consultant) & guest lecturers (TBA)
Time and Location: Classes held Thursday nights (6:30-9:00PM) on Zoom. Field trips on Sundays (9AM-3PM) Location TBA for field trips.
Feb 17 Intro to students, instructors, and class
Feb 20 Field trip: location TBA
Feb 24 CA Geography, Biomes Ecosystems, CA Naturalist and Journaling
Mar 3 iNaturalist/Capstone intro/Geology
Mar 10 Soil & Weather/Climate
Mar 17 Water/Beavers
March 18-20 Camping trip – Sonoma Coast
Mar 24 Plants/Tending the Wild
Mar 31 Trees/Forests/Fire
April 3 Field trip location TBA
April 7 Interpretation & Oceans
April 14 Wildlife
April 20 Capstone presentations & UC portal introduction *special Wednesday class
April 21 Finish capstones and graduation celebration
Cost: $456 for members and $570 for non-members
For more information please contact Stewards at: (707) 869-9177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.