California Naturalist Training Course
The course will introduce you to the interwoven wonders of the unique ecology and natural history of the Lagunitas Creek Watershed and engage you in direct stewardship actions. The 40-hour course will utilize a combination of science curriculum, guest lecturers, field trips and project based learning to immerse you in the natural world of California. Expert instructors will uncover strategies to continue conservation of biodiversity in the Lagunitas Creek, and all, California watersheds. Transferable UC college credits or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to participants for an additional fee. To learn more and pre-register for our Fall course please email Catie Clune at Catie@tirn.net.
Contact Catie Clune to customize a group experience in the watershed. Explore redwood forests, learn about salmon, work in the Native Plant Nursery or help restore salmon habitat. Activities are standard-aligned. Ask about possible transportation funding.Let us work with you to tie in students' prior knowledge and focus on a clear take away understanding.We accept group reservations throughout the week, and can arrange a creek walk with one of our naturalists.
Incorporate environmental civic activities into your classroom. You and your class can support our ocean and salmon conservation campaigns through a letter writing activity or art project that will support ecosystem protections and policy changes. We love to support classes by providing pre and post lessons to enhance the experience of restoring native salmon habitat.
Adopt a Sea Turtle or Shark
Your class can make a difference for ocean wildlife by raising $45-$75 to adopt an endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nest in Texas! Or your class can support important sea turtle and shark satellite tag by raising $2,000 to $5,000. Your class will be able to name and track the tagged animal, all while supporting conservation research!
The Summer Salmon Institute supports teachers, from across Northern California, in planning and implementing meaningful field experiences with their students. The Institute provides hands on watershed education that will nourish future generations of stewards. If you are interested in participating in the future, please email Catie Clune to join our teacher network. See the Wild Salmon Institute Website for teachers here. Read about real-world salmon classrooms on our blog.
Residential internships for undergraduate students and post-grads are available. Experience may vary from biology to graphic design.We also welcome local high school students and scouts as part-time interns.
Educational Resources & Activities
|Learn about all seven species of sea turtles by playing Each One, Teach One with your class (Download the information cards) and find activity directions here.||Play dress up and learn how to make your own sustainable turtle costume! Get directions here.||Get NOAA's 'Winged Ambassador' curriculum for FREE, and teach ocean literacy through the eyes of an Albatross.||Find videos to support in-classroom learning on our YouTube Channel!|