Fall 2019: California Naturalist Certification

Saturday, October 26, 2019 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ,

Lindsay Wildlife Experience is proud to host another offering of the California Naturalist certification course focused on the Mt. Diablo region. Taught by local expert guest speakers, the course provides a broad overview of California natural history while helping participants to become skilled interpreters, citizen scientists, and land stewards of the Diablo region. Through field trips, classroom instruction, hands-on exercises, and project-based learning participants will observe and learn about the variety of ecosystems of our region. Participants will also improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge and working on a group project.

Course Requirements for certification as a California Naturalist:

  • 12 weeks of class instruction(40 hours), plus field trips
  • Capstone project (individual or in groups)
  • Participation in citizen science project (whole class)
  • Read California Naturalist Handbook and complete assigned homework
  • Field Notebook and iNaturalist – recording field notes and observations

Class Dates: From August 20th to November 9th, 2019 class instruction will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and field trips will be held on Saturday days–exact time TBA. No class/field trips will be held on August 31st, September 21st, October 5th, and October 8th, 2019.

Location: Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 9459, and various field sites that will be clearly explained before each Saturday trip.

Field Trips: 

  • Saturday, August 24th at CSU Field Station 
  • Saturday, September 7th at CSU Field Station 
  • Saturday, September 14th at Mitchell Canyon 
  • Saturday, September 28th at Mount Diablo Summit
  • Saturday, October 12th at Briones Park
  • Saturday, October 19th at Shell Ridge/ Castle Rock
  • Saturday, October 26th at Shell Ridge/ Castle Rock
  • Saturday, November 2nd at Borges Ranch
  • Saturday, November 9th at CSU Campus – Capstone Presentations and Picnic 

Cost: $475 (limited number of scholarships available)

Attendance Policy: If an evening class is missed, the participant will be expected to complete make-up activities on their own time at the direction of the instructor. Only one evening class session and one Saturday session can be missed and still complete the certificate.  

Cancellation Policy: After paying, you can cancel up to August 6 to get a refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. If we can find someone to take your spot by the first day of class, then you can receive a full refund. No other cancellations, for any other reason at any time, will result in a refund. 

Application Deadline: The application deadline has been extended to Friday, June 28th at 3:00 p.m.

Click here to apply!


Lindsay Wildlife Experience

  • (925) 935-1978
  • 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, California, 94597, United States


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