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Class Limited to 24.

Do you enjoy

  • Exploring and learning about our local ecology?
  • Engaging in citizen science?
  • Sharing your knowledge with others?

This is the program for you!

The Mission of the CA Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California’s natural resources through education and service.

Course Schedule:

Thursdays June 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fridays June 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Meeting Place:  Classroom at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Course Fee:        $310   Students must purchase The California Naturalist Handbook (2013, UC Press) and bring a field notebook.  Registration is limited.    Please expect the commitment of a collegiate level class, including reading and required projects in addition to weekly class meetings.   A limited number of need-based, partial scholarships will be available.

Course Benefits: 

  • Participate in this 40 hour course that combines UC science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project – based learning to explore the fascinating natural history of the central Sierra Nevada.
  • UC California Naturalist Certification awarded upon completion of course requirements.
  • Opportunities for volunteering and advanced learning across the state with participating organizations.
  • Opportunity to receive UC academic credit
  • Lifetime membership in a dedicated statewide network of naturalists
  • Participate in this 40 hour course that combines UC science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project – based learning the explore the fascinating natural history of the central Sierra Nevada.

Scholarship application deadline:  April 1, 2022

Covid-19 Policy:    Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required.  Please email proof of vaccination to cbta@bigtrees.org or mail to CBTA, PO Box 1196, Arnold CA 95223.  You may bring in your proof of vaccination to the CBTA office Tuesday-Thursday as well.

Attendance Policy:  Participants must attend all classes. One class session may be missed with prior approval of instructor.

Refund Policy:  Full refunds, minus a $50 processing fee, permitted until May 1. No refunds will be issued for any reason after  May 1.

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