Course Info

Below is information to give you a better understanding of the certificate course offered in the spring of 2018. Please note that the California Naturalist course is a University of California certificated course with significant course requirements. Students on average will be required to do 2-4 hours of work per week outside of course hours. For an additional nominal fee the course offers four academic units through UC Davis Extension.

Our Wednesday evening lectures will be held at our new home at the Woolman Campus off Jones Bar 15 minutes from Nevada City and Grass Valley (13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959). We are excited to be hosting the course there with 230+ acres of meadows and mixed conifer forest to study throughout the class.


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  • Textbook ~ The California Naturalist Handbook” by Greg de Nevers, Deborah Stanger Edelman, and Adina Merenlender. (List price $34.95). It is generally available locally at both The Earth Store (530-265-0448) and Harmony Books (530-265-9564) in Nevada City, and The Bookseller (530-272-2131) in Grass Valley can order a copy and have it within 1-2 days. The book is also available online.
  • UC Davis Extension – how to get academic credit for the California Naturalist course ~