If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you!
This 10-week training combines science instruction with guest speakers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the San Joaquin Valley and central Sierra Nevada foothills region.
This course covers basic ecology, watershed concepts, geology, wildlife, plant communities and global environmental issues, as well as tools for collaborative conservation and communication. There will be opportunities for bird watching, wildflower identification, sketching and journaling.
Course instructors are UC Merced faculty members and other regional experts. Upon completion of the course, students will receive the UC California Naturalist’s certificate. Spring 2018 Schedule: Feb. 15 to April 26. Weekly Thursday evening classes (5:30-8:30 p.m.), except March 29 (UC Merced’s Spring Holiday), for 10 weeks. There will be four Saturday field trips (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dates TBD).
Early scholarship deadline: Thursday, Jan. 25.
Registration deadline: Thursday, Feb. 1.