California Naturalist Program

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

- Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Time: 4:00PM - 7:00PM


Location: Blaksley Library and Garden Grounds

Cal Nat Waitlist @ $0.00

This class is full. Please click on the above to be placed on a waitlist.

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 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 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 citizen 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

10 Wednesdays

September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6

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

  • September 7: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • September 21: San Marcos Foothills Preserve
  • October 5: Arroyo Hondo Preserve
  • October 12: Sedgwick Reserve
  • October 19: Chaparral TBA

Field Trips subject to change.


Limited scholarships available and cover 50% of all program fees. To apply, please fill out a Scholarship Application and send a copy to Michelle Cyr.

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