California Naturalist Program

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016

- Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Time: 4:00PM - 7:00PM


Location: Blaksley Library and Garden Grounds

California Naturalist @ $360.00

10 Wednesdays

September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26 
November 2, 9

Plus 5 Saturday Field Trips (4 out of 5 field trips are required)

  • San Marcos Foothills: Sat, 9/17, 9-noon
  • UCSB Restoration Sites: Sat, 9/24, 9-noon
  • Arroyo Hondo: Sat, 10/1, 10-1:30
  • Sedgwick Reserve: Sat, 10/22, 9:30-1
  • Carpinteria Salt Marsh: Sat, 10/29, 10-1

Become a certified California Naturalist at SBBG!

The Garden teams with Sedgwick Reserve to present this University of California Cooperative Extension, California Naturalist Program intended to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, education, and restoration. Classes are led by local experts and serve as an overview of California's diverse ecology, as well as a more in-depth study of the ecology of the Central Coast. The program focuses on the Santa Barbara region, and will provide the core curriculum to become a SBBG or Sedgwick docent, with additional training.

The California Naturalist program goes well beyond training docents. It is a certification program geared to developing an appreciation and understanding of the natural world for anyone who is interested in participating. The course is an excellent introduction to becoming a 'citizen scientist', amateur naturalist, or just an informed hiker.

Limited to 24 participants

Participants must complete the California Naturalist Application and submit it to Kathy Castaneda, Manager of Volunteer Programs by August 24, 2016.

Download the California Naturalist Application


Please contact the Manager of Volunteer Programs, or phone (805) 682-4726 ext. 119 for more information.


Botany/Natural History