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Spring 2020 Sonoma Ecology Center California Naturalist Program
Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Kenwood, CA
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Make sure to purchase The California Naturalist Handbook by Greg De Nevers. You can find it on Amazon by following this link: https://www.amazon.com/California-Naturalist-Handbook-Greg-Nevers/dp/0520274806


Spring 2020 Sonoma Ecology Center California Naturalist Program
If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science, and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you!

Here is a short introductory video on the statewide California Naturalist program: https://youtu.be/U_9N8FZRWxg

Our regional 45+ hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Inner Coastal Range of Sonoma and Napa. Local guest experts will attend classroom sessions and field trips utilizing the outdoor learning environment of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The Spring 2019 course will emphasize the impact of the 2017 Nunns fire on our Sonoma Valley parks. Speakers include State Park and Sonoma Ecology Center scientists and staff, Retired Sr. Archeologist Breck Parkman, Renowned Bioacoustics expert Bernie Krause and famous retired Marin Open Space lead Naturalist, David Herlocker.

Meeting Days & Times: Tuesday evenings from March 10-May 9, 6-8:30 pm with the exception of Week 3, which will be held on a Thursday(March 26) and Week 9 will be held as a special Friday (May 8) evening event with an optional overnight camping opportunity!

Evening classes meet at the Robert Ferguson Observatory at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park(2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood CA). There will be 4 Saturday field trips held on at various locations around Sonoma Valley outside of the park including Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve and  Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve. All field trips are mandatory and run from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm with the exception for our Dawn Chorus recording (5:00 am-7:00 am) on May 9 with optional overnight included on the evening prior.

Fieldtrip Dates:
Sat, April 4 at Calabazas Creek Preserve
Sat, April 18 at Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve
Sat, May 2 at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sat, May 9 at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
*Special Event* Sat, May 11(5:00am-7:30am)

Fee: $449 registration
Need-based scholarships available. Students must purchase The California Naturalist Handbook (2013, UC Press).

Course Benefits Include:
Classroom sessions & hands-on field trips with local expert lecturers, field biologists, and a UC curriculum

UC California Naturalist Certificate awarded upon completion of course requirements

Optional 4 UC academic credits for an additional fee

Future discounts on unique training opportunities
Opportunities to develop your CV and skillset

Lifetime membership to a statewide network of institutions & certified UC California Naturalists

For more information contact Lead instructor Tony Passantino at Tony@sonomaecologycenter.org or (707)996-0712x124


Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (View)
2605 Adobe Canyon Road
Kenwood, CA 95452
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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