California Naturalist Program

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

- Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time: 4:00PM - 7:00PM


Location: Blaksley Library and Garden Grounds

Early Bird: cal Nat Training @ $300.00

Application Required

Early Bird Registration

Get $60 off your registration if you sign up before August 1

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.

Limited to 24 participants

Click here to download the application


Click here to download the syllabus


Scholarships are available to prospective participants with financial need. Please complete the scholarship application and contact the California Naturalist Coordinator, Michelle Cyr for more information or an application.

10 Wednesdays

September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24 
November 7, 14

NOTE: No class on October 31.

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

  • September 8: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • September 15: Arroyo Hondo Preserve
  • September 22: San Marcos Foothills Preserve
  • October 20: Chaparral TBA
  • October 27: Sedgwick Reserve

Field Trips subject to change.

Botany/Natural History