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.