Certified California Naturalist

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Do you love nature? Do you want to learn more about local plant, animal and insect species? Do you want to learn about volunteer opportunities related to the natural environment? Tuleyome is once again teaming up with the University of California's extension program and the Woodland Public Library to teach members of the public how to become Certified California Naturalists!

No advanced degrees or previous naturalist experience is required.  We teach you everything you need to know and get you certified.  SIGN UP TODAY!

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We're offering TWO courses in 2019.  We have a long waiting list and seats for the classes can go VERY quickly, so sign up through the links below and reserve your seat today!

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Partial funding for this program is made possible by a grant from the Sacramento Zoo Conservation Fund, and other donors, sponsors and grantors. (See the bottom of the page for more information.) CLICK HERE to read about our exciting new citizen science project (in coordination with our Certified California Naturalist program) through which we will photograph, document and track wildlife in and around the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument!


Winter Course: February – April 2019

There will be 10 classes and 3 field trips.
Class Limit: 25 students (adults, age 21 and over)
Seats for this class are already filling up.  Sign up soon to reserve one for yourself!

Classes take place at:
Woodland Public Library, Leake Center
250 1st St, Woodland, CA 95695
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

  • Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Friday, April 12, 2019

Field Trips will take place at various locations. All fitness levels are taken into consideration, so the field trips will all be low-impact. They will take place on:

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Saturday, March 16, 2019
    Saturday, April 6, 2019

A detailed syllabus for the course will be made available as we get closer to the start date.


COSTS AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES
For the Winter Course, students will be expected to purchase the required textbook for the course. You can order the textbook directly from the University of California or through other book outlets.

Once you register for the course, we'll send you a packet of forms to fill out. All of the forms need to be returned to Tuleyome PRIOR to the start of the first class. (Don't worry, we'll send you reminders.)

  • Early Bird Registration (before Sept. 1, 2018): $399.99
  • Late Registration (after September 1, 2018): $450.00
  • Two scholarships are available on a first come first served basis. Preference is given to teachers and low-income individuals.  Scholarship students pay a tuition of $50. Email mhanson@tuleyome.org for more information.

NOTE: Once the registration fee has been paid it will NOT be refunded in whole or in part for any reason (except in the unlikely event that the entire course is cancelled by Tuleyome).


Summer Course: June - August 2019

There will be 10 classes and 3 field trips.
Class Limit: 25 students (adults, age 21 and over)

Classes take place at:
Woodland Public Library, Leake Center
250 1st St, Woodland, CA 95695
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

  • Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Friday, July 5, 2019 (4th of July weekend)
  • Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Friday, July 19, 2019
  • Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Friday, August 9, 2019

Field Trips will take place at various locations. All fitness levels are taken into consideration, so the field trips will all be low-impact. They will take place on:

  • Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • Saturday, August 3, 2019

A detailed syllabus for the course will be made available as we get closer to the start date.


COSTS AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES
For the Summer Course, students will be expected to purchase the required textbook for the course. You can order the textbook directly from the University of California or through other book outlets.

Once you register for the course, we'll send you a packet of forms to fill out. All of the forms need to be returned to Tuleyome PRIOR to the start of the first class. (Don't worry, we'll send you reminders.)

  • Early Bird Registration (before April 1, 2019): $399.99
  • Late Registration (after April 1, 2019): $450.00
  • Two scholarships are available on a first come first served basis. Preference is given to teachers and low-income individuals.  Scholarship students pay a tuition of $50. Email mhanson@tuleyome.org for more information.

NOTE: Once the registration fee has been paid it will NOT be refunded in whole or in part for any reason (except in the unlikely event that the entire course is cancelled by Tuleyome).


Teaching Modules Include:

  • A “Nature Table” for sharing field journals and photos of specimens found in the region
  • An overview of the chapters of the textbook, along with more targeted information about our region with a focus on vocabulary
  • Guest lecturers (when available)
  • Guided field trips
  • Hands-on learning experiences (where appropriate) which may include “Coyote CSI”, “Making a Plant Press”, the “Your Naturalist Knowledge Eco-Blitz Game!” and more.
  • And our very popular “Species Identification Modules” during which we will go over various common species found in the region and tell you some fun facts about them

The UC California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California’s natural communities. The California Naturalist program uses a science curriculum, hands-on learning, problem-solving, citizen science, and community service to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state and to inspire individuals to become stewards of their local resources.

Courses combine classroom and field experience in science, problem-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.

Note: All participants agree to abide by the terms and conditions of Tuleyome’s waiver of liability which can be seen and downloaded HERE. All participants also understand that photographs will be taken throughout the course. If you do not wish to be photographed, you must tell the photographer and avoid the cameras’ line of sight.

Contact Us

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Let us know know what interests you about our naturalist course, ask to be added to our waiting list, or ask us a question about the course. Just fill out this form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. (All * fields are required) Thank you!
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A Special Thanks to the Those Actively Supporting Our Naturalist Program for 2019

We acknowledge and thank the donors, grantors and sponsors who have provided funding or in-kind donation to support our Certified California Naturalist program.  If you, your company or organization would like to be added to this list and have your name appear in social media posts, press releases, email blasts, and on the slideshows presented at every class, contact Mary Hanson at mhanson@tuleyome.org.​

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