Welcome

General Registration for the Certificated California Naturalist spring 2018 course is now CLOSED. However there is still space available for Educators.

If you would like to be placed on the waitlist please let us know through the interest form.

See our flyer HERE. Educators sign up HERE!


See what our alumni have to say about their Cal Nat experiences!

“I look at nature with a totally different eye.” — Steve Roddy

“Your program is growing and bringing an enthusiastic group of citizen scientists into the daylight.” — Bill Jensen

“I am inspired to observe and observe some more.” — Iden Bromfield


California Naturalist spring of 2018

Registration for our certificated California Naturalist course in Spring 2018 will open in December.

Course begins – Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Course ends – Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Field trips – Saturdays: 3/17, 4/14, 5/5

The course consists of…

  • 10 classes – Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30pm
  • Class dates are: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 *note no class on 3/28 for spring break

Students can miss one class session and still meet course requirements by completing the assignments for the missed class. There will be homework each week. We plan to begin some evening classes with a nearby mini-field trip. Our Wednesday evening lectures will be held at our new home at the Woolman Campus off Jones Bar road in Nevada City. We are excited to be hosting the course there with 230+ acres of meadows and mixed conifer forest to study throughout the class.  Please note that the course requires from 2-5 hours of assignments and project work outside of presentation and field trip hours.

  • 3 field trips: 3/17, 4/14, 5/5

Field trips will depart Saturday mornings and last apx. half the day. Students will need to make up a missed field trip by participating in an approved local event. Locations to be determined, but all will be within about a 30-45 minute driving time from SSI in Nevada City.

  • Course Fee: $425 early bird (by 2/1/18) or $475 regular registration.

See all the course requirements here: Course Requirements – California Naturalist at SSI

Full syllabus: 2018 California Naturalist at SSI Syllabus
*note the 2018 syllabus is not yet completed and pending speaker confirmation. Please look at the 2017 syllabus as a reference. The course should look similar to this.

If you would like to receive updates and other sierra naturalist information please fill out the interest form HERE.

For more info about California Naturalist: http://calnat.ucanr.edu

For more info about Sierra Streams Institute: http://www.sierrastreamsinstitute.org/


How are Cal Nat alumni using the knowledge and expertise they gained?

“I have used the knowledge to help teach science lessons. I have also used what I would call the “attitudes” of a naturalist, things like encouraging wonder and curiosity by not automatically giving answers.” — Lily Gicker

“I use a systems approach to my interpretation of the environment. I teach gardening to third grade students. The outdoor environment lends itself to a discussion of how ecosystems meet and interact with one another.” — Bill Jensen

“I lead 45 educational hikes per year for Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes. I also am developing family treks for the BYLT. I am helping develop an educational program at SFREC [Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center].” — Steve Roddy


Photo of Escholzia californica (California Poppies) by Charlie Chisholm

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