Woot! I’ve Been Okayed to Teach the Naturalist Course at Tuleyome!

I just got word from the University of California that Bill Grabert and I have been okayed to teach the California Naturalist course for Tuleyome! Adina Merenlender, who oversees the program for the state wrote in part: “We are impressed with the diverse experiences you both bring to CalNat as instructors. Its clear you are poised to organize a fantastic course. We are especially happy that you have such strengths in natural history and technology. As you know our course requires that the participants do several key activities on line and some folks will need some hand holding that we can see you will be able to help them.”


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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.