California Naturalist Course

The Merced Vernal Pools Reserve is delighted to be one of the training sites for the UC California Naturalist Program.  Students in the program will become part of a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists, equipped with the skills needed to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, restoration and education.  The ten-week course combines science instruction with guest speakers, field trips, and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of the San Joaquin Valley and central Sierra Nevada foothills region.  The course begins on February 11 and concludes on April 21.  To register, please go to  For more information, contact Monique Kolster at

February 11, 2016