Join us in exploring the natural beauty of our environment:

Location: JFG Activity Room
Date & Time: Saturday Nov. 16 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $20 JFG Members (Early-Bird pricing expires Nov. 1), $30 Non-members
If purchasing 2 or more tickets, 10% discount will be applied.

Meet the Instructors: Richard W. Halsey + Rochelle L. Gaudette


Richard W. Halsey is a writer, photographer, and the director of the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of California's native chaparral ecosystem and supporting the creative spirit as inspired by Nature. Halsey has given more than 600 presentations and written numerous papers and articles over the past 15 years concerning the importance of reestablishing our connection with Nature and understanding local habitats, especially the chaparral. Richard earned undergraduate degrees from the University of California in environmental studies and anthropology.

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Rochelle L. Gaudette is the Director of Education for the California Chaparral Institute and co-facilitator of the successful Chaparral Naturalist Program. Rochelle has dedicated the past decade inspiring a love of Nature in others and familiarly with local San Diego’s diverse ecosystems. As a leader in San Diego Natural History Museum’s Canyoneer Program and a naturalist for Friends of Rose Canyon, her expertise in geology, botany, chaparral ecology, and communication have helped thousands reconnect with their local, natural environment. Rochelle has been a contributing author to several publications including Coast to Cactus, a comprehensive trail guide to San Diego’s outdoors.

The California Chaparral Institute promotes an understanding of and appreciation for the chaparral and the Mediterranean-type climate in which it thrives in order to:

  • Explore innovative ideas in pursuit of a new Nature-centered education model *

  • Create a better understanding and appreciation for the chaparral

  • Foster a connection with Nature and the creative spirit it can inspire

  • Reconcile our modern existence with Nature to enhance our lives and protect our planet

  • Preserve and protect native shrubland ecosystems, especially the chaparral