Naturalist Guides

Naturalist guides serve as volunteer and paid informal educators with children in nature activities and walks. Many nature education organizations offer nature activities and walks for children and families, and these activities are generally led by a trained naturalist.  About a dozen organizations in San Diego offer training for naturalist guides. Further coordination and continuing education have been discussed, and the following are likely to be offered in 2012.

Birding for Naturalists class taught on March 8, 16, and 30, 2013. Six sections:

  1. Importance of Birds
  2. How to Think Like a Bird
  3. Bird Basics
  4. The Tools of Birding
  5. Bird Identification
  6. Birding in Nature Walks

Presentation materials: Handouts, Slides in B&W, Slides in Color. For more information, contact Brian Moehl, San Diego Audubon Society,

California Master Naturalist program

This program is being developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension to foster a committed corps of trained volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists taking active roles in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration. More information at, or contact Joni Gabriel at

Interpretive Skills

Interpretive Skills for Nature Walks class taught on March 8 and 30, 2013 by Anne Marie Tipton, California State Parks and Recreation. Handout to develop programs and themes. Links to California State Parks modules on Programs and Walks. For more information, contact

The Basic Interpretation Learning System from California State Parks. It provides comprehensive, standardized resource for introductory interpretation training, for any interpreter who provides programs and services directly to the public. Thirteen modules are posted at website,, and include planning, programs, talks, walk, kids, roving, audiovisual and evaluation.