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Naturalist Training

The Naturalist Training Program is built upon the vision of Catalina as a premier ecotourism destination where the needs of the human community blend with the needs of the ecological community. The program is part of a major education initiative by the Catalina Island Conservancy to enrich the visitor and resident experience by ensuring that Catalina’s businesses have access to accurate and compelling nature-based information and to highlight the work of the Conservancy.

The Naturalist Training Program provides conservation and natural history education to island residents who interact with visitors. This “train-the-trainer” approach provides information and updates through lectures, field trips, and regular publications. The program is highly flexible, and we customize trainings for audiences based on specific needs.

The Naturalist Training program has reached over 3,000 individuals representing 45 unique businesses to date.

The Catalina Island Conservancy California Naturalist Training Program

The Conservancy Naturalist Training Program consists of 3 levels.

Level 1 Naturalist Training: Free 2-hour overview of the natural and cultural history of the Island. The open level 1 Trainings are typically on the second Wednesday of the month. For a group of 6 or more people contact the Interpretation and Outreach Specialist to schedule a Level 1 Training.

2019 dates:
January 30
February 27
March 27
April 24
May 8
June 12
July 10
August 14
September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11

Level 2 Naturalist Training: All-day field trip extension of the Level 1 training. For a group of 6 or more people contact the Interpretation and Outreach Specialist to schedule a Level 2 Training. Level 1 training within the last year is a pre-requisite to Level 2. RSVP early as space is limited.

Course is $45. Pay over the phone or by check-See contact information below

Class runs from 8:30am-3:30pm, departing from and returning to the Tour Plaza

Level 3 Naturalist Training: Catalina California Naturalist Program

The Catalina Island Conservancy is proud to offer the UCANR California Naturalist certification course as part of our Naturalist Training Program. Join Conservancy staff and expert guest lecturers to learn about the Ecology of California through the lens of a California Channel Island. This 40-hour plus course will take you through the natural history of California and Catalina. Topics range from the geologic formation, through cultural history and island biogeography, to the restoration efforts of today. This science curriculum is paired with citizen science and interpretation tools.

The mission of the UC Certified California Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California’s natural resources through education and service. Developed by the UC Cooperative extension, students in this course will join a community of California Naturalists and be eligible for 4 course credits through the UC system. The Catalina California Naturalist Program looks to create highly trained guides, volunteers, docents and most importantly, stewards, to spread the word of not only how special Catalina is but how important all Islands are.

2019 Course Schedule: (10) week course from March 1st- May 4th, 2018. 10 Friday evenings night class will be held at the Catalina Island Conservancy Nature Center, and six all day field trips will be held on Saturdays, times will vary. Course participants will complete a total of 40+ hours of coursework over 10 weeks. View the syllabus here.

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Cost: $425

For more information, contact:
Hillary Holt
310-510-0954 x 221


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Issue #6 / All About Natives & Invasives   
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Issue #12 / All About Snakes
Issue #13 / All About Diurnal Raptors 
Issue #14 / All About Diurnal Raptors II
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Issue #16 / All About Fire Ecology
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Issue #23 / All About Invasive Plants
Issue #24 / All About Poisonous Plants
Issue #25 / All About the Value of Nature
Issue #26 / All About Edible Invasives
Issue #27 / All About Plants in Summer
Issue #28 / All About Marine Ecosystems
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Issue #30 / All About Catalina’s Tongva
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Issue #36 / All About Catalina’s Migratory Birds
Issue #37 / All About Reptiles & Amphibians
Issue #38 / All About Catalina's Spiders
Issue #39 / All About Nature Ethic
ssue #40 / Going Batty
Issue #44 / Island Invasives
Issue #45 / 2015 CIC Symposium 
Issue #46 / Wildflowers


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