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California Naturalist Classes at Hopland REC

About the Program

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The mission of the California Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service.

The California Naturalist Program promotes environmental literacy and stewardship through discovery and action. Many other states have similar naturalist programs, but this is the first statewide program in California. To become a certified California Naturalist, participants need to enroll in a 40+ hour course with one of our partner organizations such as the Hopland Research and Extension Center.

Courses combine classroom and field experience in science, problem-

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solving, communication training and community service. Students are taught by an instructor and team of experts who are affiliated with a local nature-based center or natural resource focused agency. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.

Click here to read more about the California Naturalist statewide program.

Class details and Registration

Class & Readings

The class runs from March 13th to May 18th, with 9 Wednesday evening (6-8:30pm) lectures, and 5 field trip days. Evening classes meet at the UC Cooperative Extension Offices at 890 N. Bush St. (corner with Low Gap Rd.) in Ukiah, unless otherwise noted. In preparation for lectures, all assigned readings from the California Naturalist Handbook should be completed before each class where they appear on the syllabus. Evening classes will be a mix of lecture, discussion, eating and some outdoor exploration. Dress appropriately for the weather—you never know when the instructor may send everyone outside!


Field Trips

Saturday Field trips will run from 8:30am – 2:30 pm. We will meet at the

Hopland Research and Extension Center at 4070 University Road, Hopland, unless otherwise noted. Participants may not bring pets, guests or children on any field trips. Directions will be given at the first class meeting.

Click here for further details of the class including dates and syllabus: 
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Early Bird Registration (before January 31st 2019) - $390
Registration (after January 31st 2019) - $410

Class is now full, please click here to join the waitlist.

Early registration is recommended. This class typically sells out.


A limited number of need-based scholarships are available that will cover up to 50% of the early registration costs. Applications for financial aid must be received by January 31, 2019 for consideration.  All applicants will receive notification of their scholarship status by February 8. Scholarship applicants who do not receive a scholarship will still be able to register at the early registration price until February 22. Scholarships applicants only need to fill out the scholarship application (not the registration form) until they are informed of scholarship status.

Scholarships are now closed.