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CA Naturalist at Sierra Streams for Spring 2019

General registration for the spring 2019 course is now open!

If you would simply like more information at this time, please go to our website at or email us at

California Naturalist is a program developed by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources department to foster a committed group of volunteer naturalists across the state. The course has several requirements including weekly assignments and a final capstone project. On average you must be able to commit 2-4 hours per week outside of weekly instruction nights and field trips.

This registration form must be completed, and payment received, in order to secure your spot in the course. In order to attend the first class these additional documents must be received: Emergency Contact, Photo Release, and Liability Release forms. No exceptions. Download, print, and fill out the documents using the following links:

Emergency Contact:
Liability Release:
Photo Release:

A Sierra Streams Institute staff member will be in contact with you after you have submitted BOTH the completed form and after your payment is received.

You can view our refund policy here:

Payment for the course is $475.

We prefer payment by check.
Send all checks to:

Sierra Streams Institute
Attn: CA Naturalist
13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City CA 95959
(Make check payable to Sierra Streams Institute and indicate that the check is for "CA Naturalist" in the memo)

If you prefer to pay with a credit card, please contact Sol Henson, at

For all inquiries, please contact Sol Henson California Naturalist Instructor, at

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Contact Information
First Name *
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Last Name *
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Address *
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City *
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Zip-code *
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Main Phone *
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Alternate Phone #
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Organization/Affiliation of Student
Please share if you are affiliated with a business, school, college, non-profit...etc
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Email *
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Academic Credit *
Upon completion of this program you are eligible to receive four UC academic units for a nominal fee. Do you want to take this class for academic credit? You don't have to know now but it is good to give us an idea if you are interested. Mark one.
Do you have a mobile device (smart phone) or digital camera. *
We will be posting photos to iNaturalist, a citizen science database. Mark all that apply.
Please complete all of the questions. Your answers will help the instructors tailor the course to the needs and interests of the class.
Please give your reason(s) for applying for the California Naturalist program. *
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Describe your volunteer experience. (Think broadly.) *
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Do you have a particular area of interest or expertise? *
i.e. birder, geologist, restoration expert - consider artist, teacher, computer specialist, marketing, finance, other.
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Where did you learn about the CA Naturalist at Sierra Streams course? *
Are you interested in contributing to our scholarship fund? *
Health Form
For some or all of every class meeting, it is possible that we will be outdoors, away from the building. It is important for us to be aware of any health issue that might affect you during class time. Please complete the following:
Please list all allergies (including foods): *
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Are there any physical or health conditions that might require special attention? If so, please explain: *
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Participant Agreement
Attendance *
To become a Certified California Naturalist, participants are expected to attend all Wednesday evening classes. Only one evening class session can be missed and the participant will be expected to complete make‐up activities at the direction of the instructor. One field trip can be missed without make‐up work. Please contact the instructor if you plan to miss a class or a field trip.
Participant Requirements *
Class participants are required to complete a final project either individually, with a partner, or in a group. Additional requirements include maintaining a Field Notebook for recording observations, submitting iNaturalist observations during the training, and completing all reading assignments from the CA Naturalist Handbook.
Computer Access *
Communication to members of the class will be via e-mail; documents will be sent electronically. Computer availability is essential. Following training, California Naturalists use the web-based Volunteer Management System for recording hours and to access opportunities, activities, and teaching materials.
Class Payment *
Tuition: Early-bird registration $425 if received by February 1, 2019. $475 thereafter. Please see the beginning of the form for instructions regarding payment.
Class Forms *
I agree to print and fill out the Emergency Contact, Photo Release, and Liablity Release forms and send to Sierra Streams Institute before March 6th. These documents can be downloaded from the links at the top of this registration form and will also be emailed to you after a staff member has received your completed registration form.
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