Certified California Naturalist Program


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 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.

The California Naturalist Program allows Californians to help protect and preserve our unique and diverse wildlife, habitats, river, lakes and coastal resources, wild and urban alike.  By signing up for the course with Tuleyome, you also become a CERE Guardian -- an active member of the public dedicated to Conserving, Enhancing, Restoring and Enjoying our regional public lands and open spaces --  and will receive a special pin at the completion of the course.


Students who register for the course will participate in 40 hours of classwork and three field studies, and will have to complete a capstone project in order to graduate.  The adults only course is open to members of the public age 18 years and up.  Classes are limited to 20 students.

Our February-April 2018 classes will be held from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. THIS CLASS IS NOW SOLD OUT.

The 40 hours of classwork for our debut course will take place at the Woodland Public Library over ten consecutive Fridays in early 2018:

  1. Friday, February 2, 2018
  2. Friday, February 9, 2018
  3. Friday, February 16, 2018
  4. Friday, February 23, 2018
  5. Friday, March 2, 2018
  6. Friday, March 9, 2018
  7. Friday, March 16, 2018
  8. Friday, March 23, 2018
  9. Friday, March 30, 2018
  10. Friday, April 6, 2018

Field trips are held on Saturdays, and usually take the majority of the day.  Field trips for the debut course will be held on the following dates:

  1. Saturday, February 10, 2018
  2. Saturday, March 3, 2018
  3. Saturday, March 24, 2018

Continuing education credits are available for the course from the University of California.

Our February - April 2018 Class is now SOLD OUT. 

We're not sure, yet, when we'll be offering our next set of classes, but if you'd like to be on the waiting list or want more information, feel free to fill out the form below, and we'll let you know as soon as the next class becomes available.

(We're hoping to be able to have something set up by the summer of 2018, and are also looking into offering the classes online for those in outlying areas.)

Waiting List & General Inquiry Sign-Up Form:

  • Tell us what you're interested in knowing about the Certified California Naturalist course and what you'd like to get out of it.
  • Provide your mailing address
  • Add your email address
  • Add your telephone number
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Teaching will include:

  • an overview of the chapters of the textbook, along with more targeted information about our region and a focus on vocabulary
  • a lecture by a guest speaker
  • a “species identification module” during which we will go over various common species found in the region and test the students for proficiency
  • field trips
  • and a “Nature Table” for sharing field journals and photos of specimens found in the region.

In addition to the course, certified Naturalists will be required to complete 40 hours of nature-based volunteer service (in one of four areas: program support, interpretation/education, restoration /conservation and/or citizen science) each year to maintain their certification. Yearly incentives are offered by the University of California for volunteers that log their hours.


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.

  • Early bird Registration: $349.00
  • Late Sign-Ups: $425.00


NOTE: Once the registration fee has been paid, no refunds are given for any reason (except in the unlikely event that Tuleyome has to cancel the class).

You will also need to fill out a few forms. You can find them listed below under Additional Resources.  The forms are available in a Word .docx format or a PDF format. We can also email or "snail mail" them to you if you can't download them.



Tuleyome is pleased to acknowledge the following grantors, donors, and sponsors for their generosity and assistance with the launching of our Certified California Naturalist course.

strong foundation

Burrowing Owl Preservation Society

Brett Bell Studio