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Golden State Naturalist

Golden State Naturalist

This is a podcast about asking questions and experiencing wonder. It’s a place to bring your curiosity about the natural world in California.

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Dark Skies with Kayla Browne and Dan Duriscoe

Jan. 26, 2023

Most of us live in places where we can only see a few of the brightest stars in the sky at night, but what if that didn't have to be the case? Come with me and guests Kayla Browne and Dan Duriscoe to Death Valley, where we s…

Growth Mindset with John Muir Laws (BONUS Minisode!)

Jan. 19, 2023

How useful is IQ? What exactly is a growth mindset, and how is it different from a fixed mindset? What shifts can we make in our thinking that will allow us to learn and grow in new ways? Should you take Swahili lessons? How…

Nature Journaling with John Muir Laws

Jan. 12, 2023

Did you know that no pretty pictures or artistic talent are required to create a highly effective nature journal? Rather, as John Muir Laws explains in this episode, nature journaling is about paying attention, presence in t…

7 Ways to Connect with Nature This Year

Jan. 1, 2023

Happy New Year! Are you hoping to spend more time outdoors in 2023? This episode is for you! In it, I'm sharing seven of my favorite ways to connect more deeply with the natural world this year and beyond. My website is www.…

California Native Plants with Naomi Fraga

Dec. 15, 2022

California is home to 6,500 native plant species, including some that are truly iconic, like coast redwoods, giant sequoias, bristlecone pines, and California poppies. If you're like me, you have a lot of questions about thi…

2022 California Naturalist Conference Highlights with José González, Rhiana Jones, Obi Kaufmann, and more!

Dec. 1, 2022

Do you want to know what some of the most experienced, most insightful naturalists in California have on their minds? You’ve come to the right place! This episode is jammed full of brilliant professors, authors, environmenta…

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For Hazel (age 3)

All morning, you tugged on my nerves and ran around the corner to hide, giggling to yourself at my red face and lumbering gait.   You sca…

About the Host

Michelle Fullner


Michelle is an English teacher, California Naturalist, mom to two kids, nature podcaster, pursuer of too many hobbies, and generally curious, adventurous type. Childhood dream jobs included: tiger trainer, marine biologist, and being on SNL. Hobbies include: having more plants than she can take proper care of, intermittently practicing Spanish, following drawing tutorials on Youtube, hiking short distances with regular stops to flip over logs, travel, iPhone photography, and creative writing.