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California Naturalist Certification Program

In partnership with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

The UC California Naturalist Certification program, commonly referred to as CalNat, was created to introduce Californians to the wonders of California’s unique ecology and engage the public in the study and stewardship of California’s natural communities. The program, often run by community- or nature-based organizations, uses a science-based curriculum, hands-on learning, problem solving, community service, and citizen science to instill a deep appreciation and sense of stewardship in people that live local to these important ecosystems and local resources. In 2020, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy became the newest partner organization, and the first in Orange County, to host a CalNat program.


The Conservancy's next California Naturalist program will begin August 2nd, and conclude around October 1st. Registration for this program will open June 21st. The program will be done in a hybrid format, with the majority of the content being delivered via asynchronous videos supplemented by in-person field trips.

Participants in the Conservancy’s CalNat course can expect to engage curriculum about the local history of the land, starting from the Native American nations of the Acjachemen and the Tongva through to post-WWII years of litigation and restoration. In respect to science, the program will cover ecology, ecosystem services, continuing threats to coastal wetlands and other environmental issues, and even a crash course and field trip focused on birding! The course will also include other field trips that cover and supplement the course materials. The Conservancy also plans to bring in guest speakers from each discipline to supplement the material and boost the participants’ experience in each subject.


Click here to learn more about the California Naturalist Certification Program in general, the UC Climate Stewards Program, or to find a program close to you!


Program Contributions

A contribution toward the Conservancy’s California Naturalist Certification Program is $450.*

For more information about the program, or to register, please contact Kirsten Haltman by phone at (714)846-1114 or by email at kirsten@bolsachica.org.

*Click below to download the program flyer:

*The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is committed to providing education for all. Financial assistance may be available on an as-needed basis.

Photo by Steve Smith.

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