Wild SF! California Naturalist Certification Course

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Wild SF! California Naturalist Certification Course is a program developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension to foster eco-literacy, focusing on both the urban and wild ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon completion of the course, students will acquire skills in ecological observation and study, interpretation, citizen science, and service learning. 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. Upon successful completion of the course, students will 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.

Instructors: Bibit Traut, Matt Schweitzer, and Eliza Woo

Bibit Traut, PhD. Nature is amazing and I am captivated by the kaleidoscope of life. I have explored seascapes and landscapes trying to understand patterns and processes of biodiversity. As such, I bring a breadth of experience in biology that I have gained from earning a Ph.D. in Ecology from U.C. Davis and Masters degrees in Botany from Oregon State University and Marine Sciences from U.C. Santa Cruz. I completed a research fellowship at U.C. Berkeley before coming to CCSF in 2005. I am excited to share my enthusiasm for the natural world with you, both in the classroom and the field.

Matt Schweitzer, M.S. I have been a nature nut for my entire life! I attended Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi where their curriculum was centered around marine and estuarine ecology and field studies. I have also been an educator with a bird of prey conservancy in Texas, and learned many techniques for rehabilitating sick, injured, and orphaned birds of prey. I have been teaching at the community college level for 10 years. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2012, I have expanded my interests to include Entomology, the study of local ecosystems and wildlife, and California endemic species. I look forward to sharing what I have learned in all of these areas, and further explore our amazing Bay Area wildlife heritage with you!

Eliza Woo, PhD. I love the outdoors! I’ve been lucky enough to do conservation work in Hawaii, conduct plant research in the rainforests of Puerto Rico, lead surveys in the pine barrens of Long Island, NY, and even inventory song bird populations in the SF Bay area salt marshes. I received my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a teaching and research fellowship at Columbia University before coming to CCSF in 2015. I look forward to working with you in this exciting naturalist certification course!


Fee: $450 (includes certificate)

Monday evenings 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (April 13, May 11, June 8)
Saturday all day - times will vary (April 18, May 2, May 16, June 6)

Number of meetings: 7
Location:  1st meeting: CCSF Ocean Campus, Science Building, Room S322 Subsequent meetings at locations to be announced.
Materials fee: $28 book fee to be paid to instructor

Need based reductions in workshop fees are available in some circumstances. Please contact us at for more information.