Sonoma State University Field Stations & Nature Preserves is providing naturalist training for interested community members at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve from Sept. 9-Oct. 7.
The program consists of five consecutive Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9-Oct. 7. Interested participants should attend an informational meeting to enroll in the naturalist trainings at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 in Darwin 101.
During the program, participants will learn how to use natural history knowledge and scientific research to cultivate a more environmentally literate citizenry all while being lead through unique terrain.
Passing the naturalist training enables participants to be eligible to serve as naturalists for the Osborn Elementary School Field Program and public hikes, leading guided tours of the Fairfield Osborn Preserve.
Leading public hikes is also a way to enlighten the local community about the importance of nature in the surrounding area and as a way to help children discover nature.
Donated to SSU in 1997, the Fairfield Osborn Preserve is 411-acres of land, which lies on the northwest flank of Sonoma Mountain, predominantly in the Russian River watershed. Preserve lands span the Copeland Creek and Mark West watersheds.