California Naturalist Classes at Hopland REC
About the Program
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-
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!
Saturday Field trips will run from 8:30am – 2:30 pm. We will meet at the
Click here for further details of the class including dates and syllabus:
Spring 2019 California Naturalist Syllabus_190228 (004)
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.