Santa Barbara County
University of California
Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden CalNat Course

Dates: September 6, 2017 - November 8, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Contact: (805) 682-4726 ex. 119 or

Sponsor: California Naturalist

Event Details

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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is partnering with the UCSB Natural Reserve System to offer the UC California Naturalist certification course. The course fosters a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, education, and restoration. Classes are led by local experts and the program provides an overview of California's diverse ecology, as well as an in-depth study of the ecology of the Santa Barbara region. Participants come from all backgrounds, from newcomers to the region, to trained scientists who want to fill 'gaps' in their overall understanding. The program also serves as the core curriculum for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Sedgwick docent training (supplemental training required).

The California Naturalist program is an excellent introduction to becoming a citizen scientist, amateur naturalist, restoration volunteer, expert docent, or simply an informed hiker. 

Limited to 24 participants

2017 Schedule: September 6 - November 8, 2017

Course Schedule:

10 Wednesday Classes (4:00-7:15pm): 

September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8

Plus 5 Saturday Field Trips (4 out of 5 field trips are required)

  • September 16: San Marcos Foothills
  • September 23: Rattlesnake Creek/ Scofield Park
  • October 7: Arroyo Hondo
  • October 14: TBA
  • October 28: Sedgwick Reserve

Course Fee: $360.  Scholarships are available to prospective participants with financial need. 

To register and apply, visit the course website here.

Contact: For more information, please contact Michelle Gee at

4 units of lower division college credit available from UC Davis Extension for an additional $80 upon completion of program requirements.

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