A New CalNat Course is Finally in the Works

I finally got word from the board president at Tuleyome that they have approved my going forward with piloting a Certified California Naturalist (CalNat) course for them!  Woot!  I’ve been wanting to do this for about 2 years now.

The board president wrote: “…Last night the board unanimously decided to move forward with the naturalist program…  There was agreement that is would be great for the organization, both now and after the nature center is completed in Woodland, that it would be good for the organization as being seen as a leader in naturalist training, and that is would be good for you in your enjoyment and enthusiasm for your job!”

Another board member chimed in with: “…The Board approved in moving forward in concept… Great!  Cheers…”

I’m so excited to be finally moving forward on this.

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Mary K. Hanson is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 61, took coursework to become a Certified California Naturalist. The author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout”™ blog, Ms. Hanson has also written nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers, authored over ten books, including her "Cool Stuff Along the American" series of guide books, and has had her photographs featured in books, articles, calendars, on the American River Parkway Foundation’s Instagram stream, and even the White House blog. This year Ms. Hanson is helping to launch and teach a new Certified California Naturalist course through Tuleyome, in partnership with the University of California and the Woodland Library, so members of the public can themselves become certified as naturalists in the state. All of the photos seen on her website were taken by Ms. Hanson herself (unless noted otherwise) with moderate- to low-end photographic equipment more easily affordable to the everyday nature enthusiast. She also occasionally leads photo-walks through the American River Bend Park for the public and is sometimes available for public speaking.