Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 2605 Adobe Canyon Road
This 8-week UC-certified course explores our local ecology, engages you in citizen science, and allows you to share your knowledge with others. The 40-hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Inner Coastal Range of Sonoma and Napa.
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!
Watch a short introductory video on the statewide California Naturalist program: https://youtu.be/U_9N8FZRWxg
Our regional 40+ hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Inner Coastal Range of Sonoma and Napa. Local guest experts will attend classroom sessions and field trips utilizing the outdoor learning environment of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The Spring 2022 course will emphasize the impact of the 2017 Nunns fire and the 2020 Glass Fires on our Sonoma Valley parks. Speakers include State Park and Sonoma Ecology Center scientists and staff, Retired Sr. Archeologist Breck Parkman, Renowned Bioacoustics expert Bernie Krause and famous retired Marin Open Space lead Naturalist, David Herlocker.
Meeting Days & Times: Wednesday evenings from March 16-May 4, 6-8:30 pm over virtual zoom sessions.
We are planning to hold 4 Saturday field trips held on at various locations around Sonoma Valley including the Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve. All field trips run from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm with the exception of our Dawn Chorus recording (5:00 am-7800 am) on May 7 with optional overnight included on the evening prior(May 7).
Fee: $489 registration
Need-based scholarships are available. Students must purchase The California Naturalist Handbook (2013, UC Press).
Course Benefits Include:
- Classroom sessions & hands-on field trips with local expert lecturers, field biologists, and a 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 skillset
- Lifetime membership to a statewide network of institutions & certified UC California Naturalists
For more information contact Lead instructor Tony Passantino at Tony@sonomaecologycenter.org