The California Naturalist program uses a science curriculum, hands-on learning, problem-solving, citizen science, and community service to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state and to inspire individuals to become stewards of their local resources.

The program promotes environmental literacy and stewardship through discovery and action. Courses combine classroom and field experience in science, problem-solving, communication training and community service. Students are taught by an instructor and team of experts who are affiliated with a local nature-based center or natural resource focused agency. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.

The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is pleased to once again be hosting this exciting course, led by lead naturalist Brena Seck. See below for current or up-coming course.

UC California Naturalist Program

Spring Course dates: March 21 - May 23This course uses The California Naturalist Handbook visiting expert speakers field trips videos and project-based learning in addition to presentations from the course instructor to expose you to the natural wonders of California. Upon successful completion of the course you will be certified as a California Naturalist by the University of California and be eligible for four general education credits through UC Davis Extension (for an additional fee). Classes meet at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center located in Ancil Hoffman Park where participants will explore the adjoining Nature Study Area.

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