Tuleyome offering certified California naturalist course

A Tuleyome naturalist student investigates yellow mariposa lilies (Calochortus luteus). (Courtesy photo)

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By Nate Lillge
Special to the Express

Tuleyome is once again providing a Certified California Naturalist course in partnership with the University of California. Tuleyome’s Naturalist course, which begins in January 2022, introduces students to the wonders of California’s unique ecology and engages them in the study of, and fosters a sense of stewardship of, our region’s natural communities.

The program uses hands-on learning, problem-solving, citizen science and volunteer service to build an appreciation for and deep understanding of the Northern Inner Coast Range Mountains and the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument region. No special degrees or previous naturalist experience is required.

Class time is set aside to help students learn how to accurately identify some of the region’s most common plant, animal, and insect species. Participants are also eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional fee.

Tuleyome’s 2022 naturalist classes start Jan. 14 and continues for 10 consecutive Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. To keep all students safe and healthy, Tuleyome is offering students the choice to attend classes in person or via Zoom.

In addition to the 10 classroom dates, students are required to attend three field trips, scheduled for Saturdays during the class. These in-field classes help students understand and apply what is learned in the classroom and how to collect data and interact with nature.

Visit Tuleyome’s website at www.tuleyome.org/projects/calnat for more information and to sign up.

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