California Naturalist Program

The California Naturalist program has been developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension to foster eco-literacy and to train volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained for active roles in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration.

2018 California Naturalist Sierra Immersion Course - Sunday Sept 30 to Saturday October 6, 2018.

The one-week Sierra Nevada Immersion Course begins at the UC Merced Yosemite Field Station in Wawona, where we explore the west side of Yosemite National Park for three days. The course takes advantage of the natural gradient in climate, geology, and ecology as the class transitions over Tioga Pass through Tuolumne Meadows, the Mono Lake basin and the Eastern Sierra to the UCSB Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, where we spend the remaining three days of the course in and around Mammoth Lakes.

This week long immersion course focuses on the ecosystem linkages of the Sierra Nevada around Yosemite National Park. It consists of presentations, field trips, and lively collaborative discussions about individual components of the ecosystem, including influences on and interconnections with the whole system. Led by scholars and professionals in their fields, these sessions introduce and expand on the importance of each entity, using examples from Sierra communities and relating them to California’s unique ecology and natural history. Time in the field with researchers and professionals gives participants first-hand experiences in seeing nature from a scientist’s perspective. The course offers participants opportunity to interpret what they see, to make meaning for themselves and others.

More information and applications for the the California Naturalist course can be found at UC Merced California Naturalist Sierra Immersion Course

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