Gregory Ira

California Naturalist Program

 

Member profile details

Membership level
4. Program Membership - Active and Renewal
First name
Gregory
Middle Initial
C
Last name
Ira
Title
Director
Organization
Univ. of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR)
Address 1
2801 Second Street
City
Davis
State
CALIFORNIA
Zip Code
95618
Phone
5307501265
Cell phone
8502971858
Program Name
California Naturalist Program
Program Web Site URL
Program Mission
The UC California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California’s natural communities. The California Naturalist program uses a science curriculum, hands-on learning, problem-solving, citizen science, and community service to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state and to inspire individuals to become stewards of their local resources.

The mission of the California Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service.
Program Description (include how it meets membership criteria)
The California Naturalist Program promotes environmental literacy and stewardship through discovery and action. To become a certified California Naturalist, participants need to enroll in a 40+ hour course with one of our partner organizations.

Courses combines classroom and field experience in science, problem-solving, communication training and community service. Students are taught by an instructor and team of experts who are affiliated with a local nature-based center or natural resource focused agency. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.
Curriculum (general objectives and topics, types of instructors, and planned time frame)
Subjects covered in each California Naturalist course include:
•ecology
•geology
•plant communities
•forest/woodland and range resources and management
•wildlife
•communication and interpretation
•citizen science
•energy and global environmental issues
•and more...
Describe the service component of your program
In addition to the course, California Naturalists will be encouraged to complete 40 hours of volunteer service in one of four areas: program support, interpretation/education, restoration/conservation and/or citizen science. Yearly incentives are offered for volunteers that log their hours.

Once certified, Naturalists have opportunities to volunteer all over the state with various federal, state, local and non profit organizations. Naturalists can get involved in many different kinds of activities:
•Scientific research—plant identification or data collection
•Environmental monitoring—bird counts, stream sampling, invasive species monitoring
•Restoration or conservation plans—seed collection, native plant propagation and planting
•Education—developing signs or brochures or leading nature hikes to help make science more accessible to others through support for the Naturalist Program, or other outreach activities.
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