California Naturalist Program

Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

- Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: 4:00PM - 7:00PM



Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer the California Naturalist certification at the Garden in 2020. We hope to be able to offer this program in 2021. Please register on the waitlist above if you are interested. We will reach out to those who have expressed interest first when we are able to run this program again.



Become a UC certified California Naturalist at the Garden!

The Garden offers the University of California Cooperative Extension, Certified California Naturalist Program. The program mission is to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and community scientists trained and ready to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, education, and restoration. Classes are led by local experts and provides an overview of California's diverse ecology, as well as an in-depth study of the ecology of the Santa Barbara region. Participants come from all backgrounds, from newcomers to the region, to trained scientists who want to fill gaps in their overall understanding. The program serves as the core curriculum for the Garden's docent training.

The California Naturalist program is an excellent introduction to becoming a community scientist, amateur naturalist, restoration volunteer, expert docent, or simply an informed hiker.

Four units of academic college credit and CA Project Learning Tree certification are available.

Click here to download the application


Click here to download the syllabus


Limited scholarships available and cover 50% of all program fees. To apply, please fill out a Scholarship Application and send a copy to our Youth and Family Programs Manager.

A partial refund of fees of all but the $110 UC fee ($55 if on scholarship) is available once requirements are met for participants who volunteer 40 hours to the Garden.

Scholarship Application



Conservation & Restoration
Natural History