You can become a Catalina Island Insider with the Conservancy's Naturalist Training.
The Naturalist Training Program is built upon the vision of Catalina as a premier ecotourism destination where the needs of the human community blend with the needs of the ecological community. The program is part of a major Education Department initiative by the Catalina Island Conservancy to enrich the visitor and resident experience by ensuring that stewards have access to accurate and compelling information that highlights the ecology of the Island and the work of the Conservancy.
Naturalist 1 Training - FREE
The Conservancy’s classic Naturalist Training now exists online as a two-part video course and a follow up discussion with a Conservancy naturalist.
View the upcoming dates and times below. Click on "Visit Website" above for more information and to sign up.
Wednesday, January 13th @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 20th @ 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 10th @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 17th @ 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 10th @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 17th @ 5:30 p.m.
Naturalist 2 Training - (NOT CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE DUE TO COVID-19)
Naturalist 3 Training - $240/course fee
Naturalist 3 Training, known as the Catalina California Naturalist Training, is a partnership with the University of California-Agriculture and Natural Resources-Cooperative Extension Naturalist Training Program. This course breaks down and delves deeper into the topics covered in Naturalist 1& 2 Trainings, while grounding Catalina natural history inside a 40-hour, 4-unit community college level course. Conservancy Instructors coordinate the course, but step aside for Catalina guest experts to instruct in their areas of expertise.
Click on "Visit Website" above for more information and to sign up.
2021 Course Schedule: 10-week ONLINE coursework from 3/11/21 - 5/13/21