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California Naturalist Program
June 6 - August 9, 2014 (8-week course)
June 22 - 28, 2014 (Kid's intensive course)
July 7 - 13, 2014 (1-week intensive course)
"California Naturalist is a new program developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration."
Aspiring Naturalists enroll in a 40-hour course that combines classroom and field experience in science, problem-solving, communication training and community service.
The course is organized by a coordinator who is affiliated with a local nature-based center or natural resource focused agency.
Class and field sessions are taught by experts in their fields.
Subjects covered include:
- To promote environmental literacy and stewardship of California's natural resources
- To increase participation in resource conservation and citizen science projects throughout
- To develop a core constituency of committed and educated citizens willing and able to
participate in resource conservation, preservation, and restoration efforts
- To provide participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to educate
others and participate in many aspects of resource management, such as public education,
resource planning and public decision-making
- To provide the communication experience and critical thinking skills necessary to grow a
citizen base that supports environmental protection and sustainable growth in California
- To support partner organizations as they implement the program
Benefits to the Participant
- A new appreciation for and knowledge of California’s unique ecology and natural history
- Opportunities for personal and professional growth
- New skills for volunteer and professional enrichment
- Special knowledge of and access to local resources, ecology and natural areas
- Access to new venues for creative and hobby activities such as bird watching, sketching,
- Fellowship from other California Naturalist participants throughout the state
- The excitement of being part of the venerable tradition of naturalists throughout history
and an innovative new program for natural resource stewardship.
summer, we will be experimenting with course formats. We will offer both a conventional 10-week course, and an intensive 6-day course covering the same material.
Registration & Fees
10-week course: $350*. This includes course instruction, graduation certificate, lapel pin, registration with California Naturalist and website support. Syllabus and schedule.
1-week course: $995*. Includes station accommodations, meals, course instruction, graduation certificate, registration with California Naturalist and website support. Syllabus and schedule.
Download registration form here. For questions about either course, contact the station.
* Early registration price. After May 1, there is an additional $50 fee.
For an additional fee, Continuing Education Units/Credits (CEUs) are available through UC Davis Extension to teachers and undergraduate students who successfully complete the course.
Course Textbook and Other Required Materials
Students need to purchase a field journal and the course text: The California Naturalist Handbook. Please allow enough time to complete pre-course reading assignments.
Students should bring their textbook and a nature journal to every class and field trip session. We will discuss journaling in the first class, if you'd like to wait until you know more before acquiring a journal.
More info about the Sagehen course offering
More information about the California Naturalist program.
Sagehen's California Naturalist project on iNaturalist.
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GEOMORPHIC AND ECOLOGICAL
FUNDAMENTALS FOR RIVER AND STREAM RESTORATION
August 18-22, 2014
Sagehen Creek Field Station near Lake Tahoe, California
Why take this course?
River restoration has become big business
in the US, with well over $17b spent on over 40 thousand projects since
1990. Despite strong public support and the magnitude of the investment,
the field has not advanced as quickly as one might expect, because learning
through post-project evaluation is rare, and insights from current research
are often not effectively incorporated in planning and design. River restoration can be more effective when it is designed with an understanding
of processes and the larger context, when it benefits from systematic learning
from previous built projects, and when it is based on predictive connections
between objectives and actions.
This shortcourse emphasizes sustainable
river restoration through:
- understanding geomorphic and ecological
processes in rivers
- watershed-scale and longer-time scale
- incorporating insights from recent
research in fluvial geomorphology and ecology
- developing predictive connections
between objectives and actions
- analyses of effectiveness of built
- strategies to restore (where possible)
physical and ecological processes in rivers
- setting goals in the context of a
continuum from urban-to-wilderness settings
- developing restoration strategies
and innovative management approaches based on understanding of underlying
causes of channel or ecosystem change, rather than prescriptive approaches
- knowing when to intervene and when
the river can heal itself without meddling
Photos from 2006 Summer Shortcourse
in Lake Tahoe, California:
Registration & More information:
See this link for more information & contacts.
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