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California Naturalist Certification

The UC Ag and Natural Resources College and Chico Creek Nature Center are proud to partner to bring you a Big Chico Creek Watershed focused California Naturalist Certification course. 

If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! The 40-hour course will combine citizen science, guest lecturers and field trips in its curriculum, and a volunteer experience to help students explore the unique ecology and natural history of the Big Chico Creek Watershed and surrounding areas.

Eight evening classes will be held in the Chico Creek Nature Center classroom and four required field days will be held in Bidwell Park at the Big Chico Creek Ecological reserve and the neighboring areas.  This course is appropriate for students that range from AP level high school students to adults of all ages.  Only one absence is allowed and must be made up to get credit for the course.  All students are required to obtain a copy of the California Naturalist Handbook. 

The course qualifies student for 4 academic units through UC Davis Extension for an additional fee.

Course # 5640 - Register Online
Early bird registration deadline 2/6/19 - $390                                      
Final registration deadline 3/12/19 - $415

There are a limited number of scholarships available.  Please call (530) 895-4711 to request a scholarship application.  If approved, scholarship registration is $80

Pre-Course Social: Tuesday | 3/24 | 5:30-7:30 PM 
Classes: Wednesdays | 3/25 - 5/13 | 6:30-9:00 PM 
Field Trips: Saturdays |4/4, 4/18, 5/2,  5/16 | 8:30 AM-3:00 PM 
Graduation: Wednesday | 5/20 | 5:00-9:00 PM