Stewards of the Coast & Redwood CalNat Course
Contact: David Berman:, (707) 484-9518
Sponsor: UC California Naturalist

Full course site here:

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is a non-profit, environmental and interpretive organization that works in partnership with California State Parks in the Russian River District to support volunteer, education and stewardship programs. They offer this 6 week, 40+ hour class to introduce you to the wonders the Sonoma Coast and engage you in the stewardship of California’s natural communities. Through the University of California Naturalist Program, participants become active members in a  growing movement of conservation, citizen science, and volunteer activism. Our unique  ecosystem offers a landscape where temperate rain forest meets Mediterranean chaparral. 

Participants will explore the redwood forests, oak woodlands, and riparian habitats of California’s  coastal mountains. Class lectures and field trips will venture from coastal ranges to the ocean, informing about coastal prairies, estuaries, and marine tidal zones. This course combines science curriculum, journaling, guest lecturers, daily field study, off site trips, and local cultural knowledge. The California Naturalist Program promotes environmental literacy and stewardship through discovery and action. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.

Location: Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve, Guerneville, CA ~ Stewards Office

2020 Dates and times: Night Classes - Most are on Tuesdays: Feb. 25; Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Apr. 7, 14, 20, 21 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Most classes take place at Armstrong Redwoods Volunteer Center/Stewards Office. Field Trips - Feb. 23 & Mar. 15, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Location TBD. Campout - April 4th and 5th - Friday the 3rd optional. Bodega Dunes Campground with field trip on Friday.

Text: Students must purchase the course text: The California Naturalist Handbook (2013 UC Press) available online and at the registration website.

Cost: $456 Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods members/$570 non-members. Payment plans available. 

Registration is open. Please register here.

For more info: Please see the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods website or contact David Berman:, (707) 484-9518 or Meghan Walla-Murphy: