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California Naturalist Certification

By on December 11, 2017 in Events, News

California Naturalist Certification Course: April 13 – May 19, 2018


If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science, and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! The 40 hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of Ventura County.

The California Naturalist Program certification introduces participants to the wonders of California with a special focus on the Ventura River Watershed’s unique ecology and engages volunteers in the stewardship of our natural communities. The program combines science curriculum, hands-on learning, problem-solving, and community service to instill a deep appreciation and understanding of the natural environment of California and to inspire individuals to become guardians of their local resources.

The next California Naturalist training program will be held April 13 – May 19, 2018. This course is a combination of classroom work and field training. Evening classes will be held on Fridays from 6-8 pm at the OVLC office. Field training will be held on Saturdays from 9 am-3 pm at a variety of locations in the watershed, including a number of our nature preserves. Lead instructor Don Rodriguez, PhD is the founding Chair of Environmental Science and Resource Management at California State University Channel Islands where his research interests are divided between urban wildland interface issues, coastal management problems, ecological assessment and monitoring in the US and abroad.  Local guest experts will attend classroom sessions and field trips.

Class size is limited to 25 participants so register early!

$375 Early Bird registration begins December 9, 2017 and ends January 31, 2018

Register Here

After January 31 registration is $425

For more information contact Marti Reid at (805) 649-6852 ext. 2 or


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  1. Bryson Castellanos says:

    I was wondering if/when OVLC will be holding another CA Naturalist Certification course? I would be very interested next time! Thank you.

  2. Kristin Van Der Kar says:

    I would love to register and save myself one of the remaining seats but the link to registration is not working. Is there another link you can send me to register?