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California Naturalist program to be offered at Sagehen

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; California Naturalist is a new certification 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. Students are taught by noted specialists.

From June 8 and#8211; Aug. 10, University of California, Berkeleyand#8217;s Sagehen Creek Field Station near Truckee, will provide one of the first offerings of this new program. The course runs for 10 weeks of Friday evening classes, with three Saturday field trips on the following subjects:

Introduction to Sagehen; introduction to Californiaand#8217;s natural resources and the California Naturalist Program; forest and woodland resources; wildlife; water resources; plants; invertebrates; geology, soils and climate; interpretation, communication and citizen science; energy and global environmental challenges.

Benefits to students include a new appreciation for and knowledge of Californiaand#8217;s 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, photography, etc.; fellowship with 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.

The course fee is $350. This includes the course instruction, PDF textbook, graduation certificate, U.C. registration with California Naturalist and website support.

Get more information and download a registration form at http://sagehen.ucnrs.org/events-2012.htm#calnat.


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