The California Center for Natural History was founded by a group of naturalists based in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. CCNH is fiscally sponsored by Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
The mission of the California Center for Natural History is to:
- Facilitate inquiry into the past, present and future of California's diverse ecosystems;
- Create communities of culturally and experientially diverse naturalists; and
- Illuminate the interdependence between humans and California’s wildlife.