Birding at Abbotts Lagoon
Birding at Abbotts Lagoon
June 17, 2017, 09:00 AM
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June 24, 2017, 09:00 PM
Turtle Island Restoration Network Headquarters

SPAWN is now accepting applications for our FREE, week-long innovative course for teachers and educators focused on exploring and understanding the natural world. Applications are due before March 27th 2017. Anyone from any geographic area in Northern California can apply. The workshop is in West Marin, California, near SPAWN headquarters.

SPAWN is hosting a University of California, California Naturalist Program to train and certify educators. Participants will become part of a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists ready to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, education, and restoration. Through completion of this class you can earn the California Naturalist Certification.

You will learn about the unique ecology and natural history of the California Coastal Ecosystems through a mix of instructional time, stewardship projects, and citizen science. Expert instructors will teach strategies on how you can continue conservation of biodiversity in our costal redwood forests, and other California coastal ecosystems. The workload will be taught like a college level class, including required text, homework and required projects outside of regular class hours.

SIGN UP NOW SPAWN’s UC California Naturalist Training Application
Applications due before March 27, 2017
Course runs Saturday June 17 through Saturday June 24
University of California transferable college credits are available to participants for an additional fee.

SPAWN's 10 Week Cal Nat Certification Course

SPAWN’s Cal Nat Certification Course

The course follows the California Naturalist Handbook published by UC Davis Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension. Each topic covered will include hands on learning and resource sharing. Guest experts will join classroom activities or daily, rugged, field trips. Note: Some meals will be provided, but participants are responsible for other meals and snacks.

This field class includes backcountry camping accommodations at Tomales Bay State Park for those who are interested in staying with us. Since we are busy from 8 am to 8 pm, driving home each night may a convenient option. If you are not interested in camping you can check availability at the Point Reyes Hostel, where some teachers have stayed in the past. Participants are responsible for the cost of accommodations beyond the campsite provided.

We are looking to fill the program with a diverse group of committed educators! Preference will go to those who can demonstrate a commitment to leading public programming after the training. No naturalist experience is necessary to participate.
Half of our spaces are reserved for in-service educators, the rest are for community and outdoor educators.

Elk Preserve with California Naturalist Class

Elk Preserve with California Naturalist Class

SIGN UP NOW SPAWN’s UC California Naturalist Training Application
Applications due before March 27, 2017
Course runs Saturday June 17 through Saturday June 24
University of California transferable college credits are available to participants for an additional fee.

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We want to extend A HUGE thank you to our sponsors for making this program possible: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Sanctuaries, California Coastal Commission Whale Tail License Plate Grants Program, Samuel P Taylor State Park, Tomales Bay State Park an the Marconi State Historic Center.