UC California Naturalist Certification Course, September 11th through December 11th

Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? Would you like to learn about the amazing and unique ecology of California? If so, consider becoming a California Naturalist!

The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum in Rancho Dominguez is hosting a California Naturalist training. Participants complete a 40+ hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners- studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship.

These classes cover the natural and cultural history of California, with an in-depth look at our South Bay ecology. Through field trips, classroom instruction and hands-on exercises, participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of our region. Through the course, participants will learn tools to hone their observation skills and will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and by working on a group project.

Meeting Days & Times: September 11 to December 11. The classes will be held every Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The days include three Saturday field trips which will be held for extended hours on October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th. All classes will be held at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.

Fee: The cost for the course is $325. Students must purchase The California Naturalist Handbook (2013, UC Press). Four UC academic credits available upon completion for an additional fee.

Course Benefits Include:

  • Classroom sessions & hands-on field trips with local expert lecturers, field biologists, and UC curriculum.
  • UC California Naturalist Certificate awarded upon completion of course requirements.
  • Optional 4 UC academic credits for an additional fee.
  • Future discounts on unique training opportunities.
  • Opportunities to develop your CV and skill set.
  • A lifetime membership to a growing statewide network of certified UC California Naturalist.

To print out an info & registration form, visit www.dominguezrancho.org. You can also contact Luis Fernandez at (310) 603-0088 or at luis.fernandez@dominguezrancho.org

“COVID-19 Update: The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (DRAM) is planning on hosting a traditional in-person course for the Fall 2021. Should state officials issue another stay-at-home order and/or it is deemed unsafe to meet in person due to COVID 19, DRAM will be shifting the Cal Nat course to an online format with weekly meetings taking place over Zoom, self-guided field experiences (conditions permitting), and participants will deliver a virtual capstone presentation. We appreciate your patience with this dynamic situation. As we plan for reopening, we reserve the right to modify our schedule and our meeting locations to adjust our course delivery as the situation dictates.”

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The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is Located at 18127 South Alameda Street, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220.

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