The Coastal Naturalist Training is a 6 week course that will introduce you to wonders of our local ecology and engage you in stewardship of California’s natural communities. The course will combine a junior college level introductory science course curriculum with classroom and field experiences, guest lecturers, and project based learning to immerse you in the natural world of the Humboldt Bay region and coastal dune ecosystem. Guest lecturers and field instructors include professors, geologists, botanists, biologists, long-time naturalists and other local experts.
Upon completion of course requirements, participants will earn a California Naturalist Certificate through the UC California Naturalist Program, and are eligible for an optional four UC Davis Extension academic credits. The course is for community members interested in expanding their knowledge of the coast, as well as students, teachers, naturalists, and environmental educators seeking professional development. While you may take the course strictly for your own enjoyment, the course will also prepare you to become an active volunteer with Friends of the Dunes or other environmental organizations.
Participants should be able to hike several miles in soft sand while carrying their own supplies (field notebook, water, lunch and snacks). We will be traveling at an easy pace, but will be in the field for up to 5 hours per field trip.
Course Fee: $350 or $325 for Friends of the Dunes Members, Peninsula Residents & students. Additional Fees: $25 for kayak rental, $80 for 4 academic credits (optional).
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Instructor: Jennifer Ortega has a variety of environmental education experience including time as a middle school science teacher, an education ranger for Redwood National & State Parks, and coordinator of education programs at Humboldt State University's Natural History Museum. Currently she is a faculty member at Humboldt State University teaching Environmental Education and Interpretation. Jennifer is a Master Certified Environmental Educator and Project Learning Tree, WET and WILD facilitator. Her favorite place to be is in the outdoors with family and friends.