UC California Naturalist Program
1st Statewide Conference ● Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA ● Oct 17-19, 2014
Explore nature. Build community. Take action. An invitation to sponsor and advertise http://calnat.ucanr.edu/2014Conference
Contents About the UC California Naturalist Program 1 About the Conference 2 Program 3 Venue 4 Sponsorship Opportunities 6
UC California Naturalist Program 1st Statewide Conference ● Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA ● October 17-19, 2014
Explore nature. Build community. Take action.
About the UC California Naturalist Program
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Launched in 2012 through the University of California Cooperative Extension, the California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce the public, teachers, interpreters, docents, green collar workers, natural resource managers, and budding scientists to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage these individuals in the stewardship of California’s natural communities. Coinciding with our first statewide conference, this year University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources celebrates 100 years of UC Cooperative Extension researchers and educators living and working in communities to solve economic, agricultural, natural resource, youth development, and nutrition issues.
The biennial UC California Naturalist Conference provides a forum for presenting and discussing new research and developments in natural history, stewardship, citizen science, global change, environmental education, and interpretation for addressing California’s environmental challenges. This conference is at the heart of our newly forming statewide network of naturalists, stewards, environmental educators and interpreters. Convening is an essential activity for fostering strong networks; therefore statewide conferences are the touchstone of this emerging scientific society for stewards.
The California Naturalist Program uses a science curriculum, experiential learning, and service to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state and to engage people in natural resource conservation. We partner with local organizations to provide learning opportunities to communities across the state. Helping to launch this network provides a unique opportunity to foster a community of practice that will live on to steward California’s ecosystems into the future. In two years, the California Naturalist Program has trained over 450 naturalists who have in turn volunteered over 9000 hours of service. We are currently partnering with 21 organizations, and five times as many informal science and natural resource management organizations have expressed interest in participating. Current program partners (map, right) include the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pasadena City College, Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, Santa Ana Watershed Association, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Rosa Junior College, Tejon Ranch Conservancy, UC Berkeley Sagehen Field Station, UC Hopland Research & Extension Center, and UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. Rapid growth and overwhelming program support demonstrate an incredible need that the California Naturalist Program is addressing. The California Naturalist Program plays an essential role in California’s future by fostering a new era of citizen involvement in environmental science, management, and policy. We strive to break down barriers that many young and culturally diverse people face in accessing environmental education and workforce training opportunities by collaborating with institutions that work with our diverse communities.
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