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.

To sign up for email updates about the course, just fill out the form to the right.


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 course is open to members of the public age 18 years and up.  Classes are limited to 20 students.

Classes will be held from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

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.

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Tuleyome’s Certified California Naturalist course will focus primarily on the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument region (which includes parts of Yolo, Solano, Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Glenn and Colusa Counties).

Subjects covered in the course will include

  • Introduction to California’s Natural Resources and the California Naturalist Program
  • Interpretation, Collaboration & Citizen Science
  • Geology, Climate and Soils
  • Water
  • Plants and Plant Communities
  • Forest, Woodland and Range Resources and Management
  • Wildlife
  • Energy and Global Environmental Issues

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.

We’ve already got some great speakers lined up for you including: Petrea Marchand, from the Yolo Habitat Conservancy, Staff from the Putah Creek Council, Stephen McCord of McCord Environmental, Inc., and many others.

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

Marsh Wren singing from atop teasel [Photo by Mary k. Hanson].
Marsh Wren singing from atop teasel [Photo by Mary k. Hanson].


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.

Registration will open:  On May 1, 2017. Remember, the course it limited to 20 students, so sign up early to reserve your spot.

  • Early Bird Registration cost for the 10-week course: $349.00 (between May and September 2017)
  • Late Registration cost for the 10-week course: $425.00 (October through December 2017)


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.

There are two scholarships available. If you are interested in a scholarship, just fill in the form to the right and mention your interest in a scholarship in the comment section, or download the Scholarship Request form listed below.

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


To sign up for email blasts that will update you on the course, registration sign ups, and other information just fill out the form in the upper right of this webpage.


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. Although the curriculum is science-based, it's provided to students in an easy to understand format.  The course is made up of 10 classes, 3 field trips, and a capstone project. For more information go to: http://calnat.ucanr.edu/About_the_program/


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.

We thank BackCounty Press for donating books to gift to our first year students

 We thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for donating books to gift to our first year students.  

We thank Crown Bees for offering special pricing on native bee habitat tubes to gift to our first year students