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California Naturalist Certification

By on December 6, 2016 in Events, News

The spring 2017 class is full.

California Naturalist Certification Course: March 31 – May 6, 2017

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 held March 31 – May 6, 2017. This course is a combination of classroom work and field training. Evening classes will be held on Fridays from 6–8:30 pm at the OVLC office. Field training will be held on Saturdays at a variety of locations in the watershed including a number of our nature preserves. Lead instructor Don Rodriguez, PhD is the 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.

Early Bird registration is $375 and ends January 31

After January 31 registration is $425

Registration includes a copy of the required textbook The California Naturalist Handbook. Two limited scholarships at $175 are available for qualified applicants.

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


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