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Audubon Naturalist Training

2018 Inaugural Class of Audubon Naturalists

2018 Wrap Up

Audubon Naturalist Training was a summertime crash course on how to be a naturalist - in just seven days, high school students were taught numerous outdoor skills and studied California ecology. SCVAS staff spent months planning and preparing for the training, bringing in partner organizations and collaborators to ensure that the naturalists-in-training were learning from top-notch conservationists. While students were grasping the fundamentals of bird identification and wildlife tracking, we were learning from them. This inaugural class of Audubon Naturalists gave us valuable experience that will enable us to evolve the curriculum for future classes. We received wonderful feedback and look forward to leading high school students through this program for years to come.
It doesn’t end here! Look out for Audubon Naturalists at upcoming SCVAS field trips and outreach events - students seeking official Audubon Naturalist Certification must continue exercising their skills as support naturalists over the coming year. Thank you to all of the families and friends who have supported our students throughout their training, and to the docents, volunteers, and donors who helped us make this training possible. We look forward to another successful training next year!

Photos from 2018

Day 1 - Bird ID
with SCVAS Staff Member, Carolyn Knight


Day 2 - Wildlife Tracking
with SCVAS Staff Member, Kelsey Frey


Day 3 - Plant ID
with SCVAS and CNPS Volunteer, Vicki Silvas-Young


Day 4 - Insect ID
with Grassroots Ecology


Days 5&6 - Nature Interpretation
with SCVAS Volunteer, Julie Amato, and Executive Director, Ralph Schardt


Day 7 - Graduation!
Students led nature walks for their families and SCVAS Docents


Plans for 2019

We plan to host Audubon Naturalist Training again in the summer (July) of 2019! Details and registration will be available in early 2019. Check back here during that time or email Kelly Alfrey at to sign up to receive email notifications.