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Spring 2023 Sonoma Ecology Center California Naturalist Program

Wednesday, 15 Mar 2023 @ 6:00 PM
499.00 499.00 USD
Spring 2023 Sonoma Ecology Center California Naturalist Program
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This 8-week UC-certified course explores our local ecology, engages you in citizen science, and allows you to share your knowledge with others. The 40-hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Inner Coastal Range of Sonoma and Napa.If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science, and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! Watch a short introductory video on the statewide California Naturalist program: https://youtu.be/U_9N8FZRWxgOverview:Our regional 40+ hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Inner Coastal Range of Sonoma and Napa. Local guest experts will attend classroom sessions and field trips utilizing the outdoor learning environment of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The Spring 203 course will emphasize the impact of the 2017 Nunns fire and the 2020 Glass Fires on our Sonoma Valley parks. Speakers include State Park and Sonoma Ecology Center scientists and staff, Renowned Bioacoustics expert Bernie Krause and famous retired Marin Open Space lead Naturalist, David Herlocker. Meeting Days & Times: Wednesday evenings from March 15-May 6, 6-8:30 pm over virtual zoom sessions.We are planning to hold 4 TBD Saturday field trips held on at various locations around Sonoma Valley including the Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve. All field trips run from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm with the exception of our Dawn Chorus recording (5:00 am-8:00 am) on May 6 with optional overnight included on the evening prior(May 5). Fee: $499 registrationNeed-based scholarships are available. Students must purchase The California Naturalist Handbook (2013, UC Press). Course Benefits Include:Classroom sessions & hands-on field trips with local expert lecturers, field biologists, and a UC curriculumUC California Naturalist Certificate awarded upon completion of course requirementsOptional 4 UC academic credits for an additional feeFuture discounts on unique training opportunitiesOpportunities to develop your CV and skillsetLifetime membership to a statewide network of institutions & certified UC California NaturalistsFor more information contact Lead instructor Tony Passantino at Tony@sonomaecologycenter.org
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