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Golden State Naturalist


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Awesome podcast

Michelle has very well researched, clearly explained, and entertaining interviews with various scientists, educators, and enthusiasts who are experts in the natural sciences and resources of our beautiful state! My only gripe is that she didn’t start it 2 years ago so I could find it last week and binge it for the next 6 months. 🤣🤣it’s basically everything I wanted in a podcast about California. And Michelle does such a great job with it. I’m in the truck like 4 hours a day so I listen to a lot of podcasts, and there’s a lot that are great for information, and a lot that are entertaining, and a lot that are easy to follow, but she hits that sweet spot for all of it! Go check it out, give her a listen, maybe you’ll learn something! I know I am.


I love it

A look into how we connect with CA Nature!

Simply wonderful, each episode dives into interesting topics on what makes California unique, what the cool interviewee is doing to promote them, and how we all can learn to connect to our homes by understanding them more!

Glad I Found You

Can’t say enough to encourage others with an interest in the natural history of CA to listen. The interviews, the editorial asides, the show notes, the subjects, Michelle’s optimistic tone all contribute to what make this show both a real pleasure and a source of excellent information. Please keep it going!

My favorite nature podcast

This podcast is a gem! It’s so amazing to finally have a great podcast that talks about ecology and nature. Thank you for making this podcast 💚

(Full)filled by the wanderlust Michelle Fullner

She takes you on a fulfilled adventure though the state of California with knowledge you can’t pass up knowing. Highly recommend taking a listen.

Glad I Found You

Interesting, illuminating, uplifting. Please keep it going.

Recover your wonder and curiosity!

Michelle’s voice is brimming with genuine curiosity and wonder! If you thought you knew a lot about California, wait till you find out how much more there is to discover in every one of these episodes.

Fun and informative!

Michelle’s experience in education, combined with her contagious energy and curiosity, is the perfect backdrop for this fun and informative podcast. Each episode is a unique, expert-guided adventure that makes you fall more in love with the golden state, and our home planet for that matter. Highly recommend for west coasters as well as those from out of state looking to learn more about the region.

Such an incredible podcast

Every episode is incredible and full of info. Follow, listen and learn. 💛💙💚❤️

Love it!

If you love Nature, this show is for you! Everyone who calls themselves a Californian should listen to this show!

This podcast kinda changed my life!

Michelle is such a great host, enthusiastic listener and fabulous teacher this podcast has helped me refocus my interests and really get back to nature. I have recommended this podcast to many and shall continue to do so! Such great work. Thanks!

Mind food for laundry folding time

If you are anything like me, it’s important to feed your brain while doing the mundane tasks regular life is filled with. Michelle has built a rad podcast for just that! She interviews interesting people and asks insightful questions about the bountiful diversity of California’s natural world. Even better, she has a great podcasting voice and her pure joy and infectious curiosity come across loud and clear. I can’t wait to hear what interviews she has cooked up for season 2.

Easy listening and in depth learning!

Michelle does such a great job weaving in facts, story telling and engaging listeners. Each episode is painted with vivid imagery. She does a great job bringing you along for the ride. Can wait for season 2!

Excellent information

We just listened to the episode about the Sutter Butte’s. It was informative and respectful and very well done. The quality of this podcast is outstanding!

Excellent show for lovers of natural history!

After listening to several episodes of this show, I’ve learned so much about California’s creatures and ecosystems. Michelle’s measured but enthusiastic tone is perfect for taking us through the nuances of the world around us, and placing us firmly in the mountains, wetlands, deserts and forests where each episode takes place. Add in the excellent roster of knowledgeable guests, and the show is like a field guide for your ears!

Just all around informative and fun!

I just love this podcast! I listened to the Beaver one tonight. My favorite moment was when Michelle outed herself about having no idea where Ellesmere Island was and saying “wow” anyway during a conversation. It was a very relatable human moment. The podcast itself is great! I appreciate her humor and love how she asks and/or answers the really basic questions so that naturalist neophytes can follow along. The ability to make learning about nature and science approachable is a great skill. Awesome!!


I am a certified California naturalist, and I heard about this podcast from someone on Facebook. I’m so glad I found it. Michelle does a great job. I really enjoyed the salmon and beaver episodes. And the one about Sutter Buttes! It’s all great! Looking forward to future episodes.

Golden Gate Naturalist

Have been listening since I heard about this podcast from my friend Briagha. As a docent with the Solano Land Trust with a special interest in lichen and oaks, I especially enjoyed the 4/28 Oaks episode. Besides learning so much from the interviews, I really enjoy Michelle’s interrupting them with google searches, etc. to further expound on the topic, as well as her personal asides!

The journey begins

I heard about you on FB in a Calif. native plant group, in addition to all of the spot on info from that group, THIS was so very needed! After watching a 45 minute video from Doug Tallamy, I’m sold on how even me with my tiny little patio and courtyard, I could make a difference. I’ve managed to witness 3 monarch butterflies emerge from the milkweed I have on my patio (I currently have 3 more in chrysalis), I have seen native TINY wasps, big bumble bees, birds foraging in my courtyard garden and I’m hooked! Anyways…this podcasts makes me happy, so very helpful, and affirming that I’m on the right track! Thank you!

Fun and educational

I LOVE this podcast so far! It’s like the “Ologies” for California ecology. I’ve learned so much and love hearing from experts from my own state. There is so much knowledge to glean about our natural world and I’m so grateful for Michelle for helping me learn!

Fun and educational

I LOVE this podcast so far! It’s like the “Ologies” for California ecology. I’ve learned so much and love hearing from experts from my own state. There is so much knowledge to glean about our natural world and I’m so grateful for this Michelle for helping me learn!

Nature lovers rejoice!

If you are interested in nature in the state of California, or anywhere for that matter, then you are going to love this podcast. The qenuine curiosity and enthusiasm of the host is truly infectious, and you will be delighted as she takes us all along on her quest to teach us about the many aspects of nature in the biologically, geologically, and geographically diverse state of California.

Just what I’ve been looking for!

Michelle, you’ve really done it. Wow! Wow! Wow! What a spectacular job you’ve done writing, producing, editing and promoting this incredibly well done and informative show! As someone that has gone through the California State Naturalist program myself, I understand and feel your excitement about the beauty and wonder of the amazing state we live in. The task you’ve undertaken is immense and very much appreciated. I love your genuine enthusiasm, honesty and ability to inform while not overwhelming. I hope to be your student forever and will share this treasure with many others! Kudos!!

Love this podcast already!

Wow!! I just heard your oak episode! So interesting and accessible for science knuckleheads like me. I wish all Californians would listen to this podcast to learn about the real natural California. Thanks so much!!

A great place to learn about California nature!

Only 4 episodes in and I’m totally looking forward to lots of future episodes!

Fun and informational!

As a former naturalist in CA, I love that this podcast exists! Michelle does a great job of finding interesting topics, while adding humor and fun to the mix. I also appreciate how she breaks up the episodes with her editorials along the way. Thanks Michelle!

Fun AND Informative

This is a delightful podcast. I love Michelle’s voice and curiosity. I love learning about natural history local to my area but she is covering information that would be interesting for everyone! Can’t wait for more

Great Introduction

I love the introduction to your new podcast. It’s great you laid out the schedule for on & off season. Im looking forward to each episode! 😊


I learned about ten new things within the first ten minutes! I’m already looking forward to upcoming episodes ❤️