Yosemite California Naturalist Immersion Course

We look forward to offering future trainings in autumn 2017 and beyond! 

To sign up for announcements of future California Naturalist Trainings in Yosemite,

please join our mailing list here: http://lists.ucmerced.edu/mailman/listinfo/yose-calnat

November 2015:

23 highly motivated Californians enjoyed 7 days of high-quality teaching, talks, and field trips. Our lead instructor was veteran naturalist Pete Devine of the Yosemite Conservancy.

CalNat 2015

2015 Naturalists wrote:

"I expected to learn interpretation skills, but because I know a lot about California nature already, I didn’t expect to learn much and I was a little afraid of being bored.  I was so wrong!  Yes, I learned lots of great interpretation ideas/skills, but also tons of California nature, was never remotely bored...It was a wow experience!"

"I generally thought it was going to be something like my lecture classes in college but it was actually better."

"I will always remember this week as an important part of my journey into becoming a naturalist.  I leave with great enthusiasm and even more passion for California natural history."


CalNat Yosemite

The Sierra Nevada Research Station and Yosemite Conservancy are proud to offer the California Naturalist Program in beautiful Yosemite National Park through University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  The mission of the CalNat Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalist and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service.  This will be a seven day training located at the Sierra Nevada Research Station in Wawona, California. 

The training cost is $700 and includes: cabin accommodations; all lunches, five dinners and graduation brunch; classroom instruction and field sessions; graduation certificate, lapel pin, registration with California Naturalist and website support.  

For an additional fee, four academic units are available through UC Davis Extension to teachers and undergraduate students who successfully complete the course.

Course Textbook and Other Required Materials
Students need to purchase a nature journal and the course text: The California Naturalist Handbook. The textbook is also available from Amazon.com. Please allow enough time to complete pre-course reading assignments.

View the 2015 syllabus here.

2016 Application- the application period is now Closed.

2016 Training Days & Times: October 30 - November 5

Contact: Jacob Croasdale, (209) 228-2583