California Naturalist Program

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

- Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 4:00PM - 7:15PM


Location: Blaksley Library and Garden Grounds

CALNAT Training @ $360.00

Application Required

10 Wednesdays

September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25 
November 1, 8

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

  • September 16: San Marcos Foothills
  • September 23: Rattlesnake Creek/ Scofield Park
  • October 7: Arroyo Hondo
  • October 14: TBA
  • October 28: Sedgwick Reserve

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 the program 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 also serves as the core curriculum for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Sedgwick docent training (supplemental training required).

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 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 contact the California Naturalist Coordinator, Michelle Gee for more information or an application.


Click here for more information on receiving academic college credit

Botany/Natural History