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Published on: 7/1/2020 11:28 AM
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Neighborhood Naturalists
A beginner's natural history class for adults

Late Summer course starts online July 21, 2020. Sign up today!​

Are you new to the area or curious about the natural world in your own backyard?

This new educational program for adults will introduce participants to the natural history of Santa Clara County with an emphasis on the region’s geology, botanical communities, and wildlife.

Course content and self-study activities will include twilight hikes, nature investigations, guest lectures, and nature journaling. To complete the Neighborhood Naturalist certificate program and earn a special Neighborhood Naturalist pin, participants will be asked to create a community service project to enhance nature awareness/protection in their own neighborhoods. 

The program is offered seasonally and led by park staff and master naturalists.


  • Summer classes will meet online via Zoom on three Tuesdays:  July 21, July 28, and August 4, from 5:15 - 6:30 pm
  • Due to sheltering-in-place protocol, participants will be asked to complete up to 1 hour of self-paced “homework” each week that may consist of such things as observing nature in your neighborhood, filling out a nature journal, and reading more about the week’s natural history topics.
  • Following the completion of the online course, participants will be encouraged to complete a nature-inspired community service project in their own neighborhoods by the end of summer.
  • For questions or more information, contact​

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