Fall Naturalist Program

Learn nature’s secrets and help others get "Environmentally Ready!" Explore the stunning ecosystems of Sonoma Mountain with university faculty & other experts (virtually), with safe in-person access to Osborn Preserve. Become a naturalist to gain insights into local landscapes and the skills to share your knowledge.


University staff and regional experts


This new program is for new naturalists and veteran naturalists alike. As a naturalist, you will be welcomed into a community of volunteers who work on university research projects, and attend exclusive events, hikes, and private tours of SSU’s three preserves. Join a community working to eradicate Nature Deficit Disorder in the North Bay!

Trainings & programs are virtual. Independent Study (optional) is at SSU’s Fairfield Osborn Preserve, a 15-min drive from Sonoma State's main campus. You will be emailed further instructions after registration.

Registration is free of charge, and is capped at 40 participants.


To participate, you must be available for five 1-hour Zoom training sessions on consecutive Sundays, September 13 - October 11 from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. You must also attend three or more 1-hour programs with experts, and complete specialized training done independently (e.g., Environmental Education including creation of videos, Land Management, Independent Study).

No previous experience or knowledge is required. This program is for adults ages 18 and up and SSU students.

Admission Fees
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Contact Name
Kerry Wininger
Date & Time Registration Link
Sunday, September, 13, 2020, 10:00am to Friday, December, 4, 2020, 11:00am