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 UC certified California Naturalist at the Garden!

The Garden teams with UC Sedgwick Reserve to offer the University of California Cooperative Extension, 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 biologists who want to fill 'gaps' in their overall understanding. The program serves as the core curriculum for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Sedgwick docent training (additional training required).

The California Naturalist program is an excellent introduction to becoming a citizen scientist, amateur naturalist, expert docent, or 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. Deadline extended to September 1.

Download the California Naturalist Application


Download the California Naturalist Syllabus


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


Botany/Natural History