For upcoming events and new blogs, everything can be found at the California Center for Natural History website. Keep reading for more information about the changes!
I’m very excited to announce that as of October 2015, Wild Oakland has become part of the California Center for Natural History! This means even more free events & other fun stuff that we’ll be able to create for the community. I’m sure you have some questions, so I’ve done my best to anticipate and answer some below:
What the heck is the California Center for Natural History?
Earlier this year, Constance Taylor (the founder of Wild Oakland) and other naturalists decided to create a coalition of environmental educators to share resources & work together to bring even more awesome natural history programming to Oakland, the Bay Area, and beyond. That coalition decided to call itself the California Center for Natural History, or CCNH!
Many of the people involved in CCNH have led walks for Wild Oakland in the past, and all of us feel that providing accessible natural history education for adults & families is a great way to strengthen our human community as well as learn more about the non-human world around us.
Since CCNH members have been working together to provide programming, we’ve managed to quadruple what Wild Oakland was able to do alone. In September & October we provided 8 events total, and 5 of those events were totally free!
Our fee-based events are so we can pay our naturalists to teach programs, and keep our operations going. At the moment we all have other jobs to pay our bills- CCNH is a collective labor of love.
Will there still be free events?
Absolutely- we’ll always have at least 1 free event per month, if not more- in the past 2 months alone we’ve had a whopping 5 free events!
We’ll also be increasing the number of fee-based programs so we can pay our naturalists for their expertise. Fee-based programs will have the added bonus of a limited group size; the crowds at free events can be pretty large, so for a few extra dollars you’ll get the luxury of a much smaller group and more one-on-one time with the naturalists.
What will happen to Wild Oakland?
We’ll be keeping the Wild Oakland website and name for archival purposes (you’ll still have access to our 3+ years of blogs about Oakland’s ecology), but from now on all new event info, blogs, and e-mails will be through CCNH.
Will I have to sign up for the CCNH mailing list if I’m already on the WO mailing list?
No. If you’re already on the WO mailing list, it will be rolled into the CCNH mailing list. However, you’ll want to make sure the CCNH e-mails aren’t going straight into a spam or “Social” folder.
If you want to opt out at any time, it’s really easy- all you have to do is click the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the e-mail.
Can I help out CCNH?
Absolutely! We’d love to have you on board. We need volunteer photographers, blog writers, grant writers, a bookkeeper, and fundraisers. If you’re interested in any of these positions, or if you have other ideas, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I learn more?
Check out our website at www.calnature.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. And of course, come to the events!!
Thank you all so much for your continued support over the years. We’re very excited to be moving into this new instar of our development, and we’re so happy and grateful that you’re part of the adventure.
We’ll see you out there!
Founder & Executive Director of Wild Oakland