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Wild SF! UC California Naturalist Certification CEXTN03-202240

Apr 11 - May 24, 2022

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5 Mondays: 4/11, 4/18, 5/09, 5/16 (online), 5/23 (location TBD)

4 Fridays: 4/15, 4/22, 5/13, 5/20 (field trips)

Instructors: Bibit Traut, Ph.D., Eliza Woo, Ph.D. and Matthew Schweitzer, M.S.

The Wild SF! UC California Naturalist Certification Course is a program developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension with CCSF to foster eco-literacy, focusing on both the urban and wild ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area.  At WildSF! diversity, social justice, equity, inclusion, and access for all to our amazing local ecospaces and the knowledge about them is central to our mission and threaded throughour our curriculum. The course combines a rigorous science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to immerse you in the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area.  From surveying marine biodiversity at Pillar Point to understanding San Francisco’s rich geologic history to visiting vital San Francisco eco-spaces, we hope to educate and inspire others to understand and appreciate the rich wildlife heritage that San Francisco and the Bay Area hold.  

Upon completion of the course, participants will acquire skills in ecological observation and study, interpretation, community science, and service learning.  Participants will also receive certification on the UC California Naturalist Program and have the option of earning 4 general education units through the University of California, Davis, Extension.  With this course, we are hoping to reach not only those that are interested in careers in biology, but also any Bay Area citizens that have a love and passion for Nature and the outdoors.

Here is a link to the syllabus for the course. 

Enrollment fee includes the $110 certificate. Full time CCSF students can receive a discounted certificate, please contact us for details. 

Need-based reduced fee available. Please email for more information on scholarships. 


Required reading: The California Naturalist Handbook, Greg de Nevers, Deborah Stranger Edelman, Adina Merenlender. (available online and at local bookstores)