Coastal Naturalist Training

September 9th - October 28th, 2021

Thursday Evening Classroom Sessions from 6 to 8 p.m.

3-5 Hour Weekend Field Sessions (times & locations vary)

The Coastal Naturalist Training is an 8-week course that will introduce participants to the wonders of our local ecology and engage them in the 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 students 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. Field sessions take place rain or shine, participants are expected to be prepared for the weather.


Course Fee: $375 or $350 for Friends of the Dunes Members, Peninsula Residents & students.


Optional Additional Fees: $80 for 4 academic credits, Approx. $30 for Kayak Rental (collected at a later time)

To Register:

  • Submit a completed Registration Form to or mail to Friends of the Dunes, P.O. Box 186, Arcata CA 95518

  • Submit Course Fee using the form to the left or by mailing a check to the address above OR Submit a Scholarship Application

Scholarships are available!

Registration Form

Scholarship Application