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Community Education
Walks, Talks & Classes


The Laguna Foundation is proud to collaborate with local biologists, artists, educators, naturalists, and partner organizations to offer a wide range of natural and cultural history online programs, presentations, and outings all year long. Whether you’d like to learn a new skill, enjoy the beautiful Laguna scenery, or attend a fun event with your family, the Laguna Foundation has a variety of offerings to deepen your appreciation for the Laguna de Santa Rosa, connect with nature, and inspire a vibrant community dedicated to lifelong learning.

Please note that all in-person outings follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Heavy smoke, excessive heat or heavy rain cancels in-person programs. Lastly, please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend an outing so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist.

Select webinar recordings can be found on our Educational Resources page or on our YouTube channel.



New Art Exhibit in Heron Hall! Opening Reception
“Conservation in Biodiversity”

Photography by Joshua Asel

In response to the prevalence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the opening reception for this show is on hold and will be announced soon.

Since 2012, Joshua Asel has been working as an advocate to create visual communication stories that cover Threatened, Endangered, keystone, and bellwether species. California Condors, rare marine mammals, and coastal landscapes are all part of this small cross-section of Joshua's larger volume of internationally-recognized photographic work. All of the wildlife featured in this exhibit are benefactors of successful conservation efforts.

Joshua Asel is an award-winning photographer and certified Marine Ecology Naturalist with a photographic emphasis on coastal and marine habitats. He was recently accepted into the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers, signed to Hakai Magazine as a photographer and writer, and is sponsored by Nikon USA. His awards include the 2016 California Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Top 20 in the 2019 NANPA (North American) Showcase. Joshua's publications also include National Geographic, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Airlines Magazine, The Press Democrat, and several scholarly articles, among others. Website: https://www.joshasel.com

Winter Color: Branches, Leaves and Winter Fruit
Colored Pencil Techniques workshop with Nina Antze
$90. Pre-registration required.

In response to the prevalence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, this event is being rescheduled. The new date will be posted soon.

Although we think of winter as a monochrome season, the dormant Laguna landscape is full of soft colors waiting to be discovered in the dried grasslands, bubbling creeks, and lush wetlands. Explore the textures, markings, and colors of winter branches, dying leaves, acorns, dried berries, fruit, and other last vestiges of the season along with any signs of emerging spring.  Working with colored pencils, learn to create lovely and interesting browns and grays and even greens using blending and layering techniques, incorporating the basics of botanical drawing while enjoying the warmth of Heron Hall. All levels are welcome.

Please Note: Participants must wear a mask indoors. Please bring snacks and a lunch to be eaten outside. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Nina Antze is a Sonoma County botanical artist and quilt-maker. She has a degree in Fine Art from San Francisco State and a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. She teaches colored pencil and botanical workshops throughout the Bay Area. Learn more about Nina at her website.

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Willow Tatza Basket Making
Workshop with Charlie Kennard
Saturday, February 12, 2022. 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
$110. Pre-registration required.

Spend a day working with your hands and learning to work with willow in the peaceful setting at the Laguna Environmental Center. We will make this elegant and unusual plaited-weave basket that is found in the Netherlands, France, and Poland. “Tatza” (properly spelled taca) is a Polish term for breadbasket, for which this basket is well-suited. In this class, experience in working with willow is helpful, but not essential.

Please note: This workshop is suitable for adults and teenagers. All participants must wear a mask indoors and this workshop will follow all current Sonoma County COVID-19 safety guidelines. All cordage-making materials are included in the registration fee. Participants should bring garden clippers and large pliers. Please bring snacks and a lunch to be eaten outside. Hot water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Charlie Kennard, of San Anselmo, is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional basketry techniques. He has taught for the Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, the Laguna Environmental Center in Santa Rosa and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the Bay Model in Sausalito, Lake County Museum, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden Charlie has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.

Laguna Stewards at the Laguna Uplands Preserve
Stewardship Day with Laguna Foundation and Ag + Open Space
Saturday, February 12, 2022. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
FREE. Pre-registration required.

Location: Laguna Uplands Preserve in Sebastopol, 6700 Palm Ave, Sebastopol, CA

Build community and learn about plants and wildlife during our hands-on stewardship day at the Laguna Uplands Preserve. This beautiful site is returning to its special status as a significant place for both humans and wildlife. The area has incredible views of the Laguna Watershed along with a young forest of native trees, a more diverse understory, and plenty of growing shrubs. Plus, it is adjacent to other protected lands to form an interconnected system of food and shelter resources for wildlife. Join us to continue our ongoing stewardship and maintenance work, learn about the site’s history and become part of its thriving future. Give the Laguna Uplands some love for Valentine’s Day!

PLEASE NOTE: As the pandemic continues to shift, we will update participants if Health Orders or other guidance requires us to cancel this outing.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult. No experience is necessary; tools and training are provided. Please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist. Heavy rain cancels.

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of  Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

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For more information, contact Christine Fontaine, Director of Education
(707) 527-9277 xt. 102 or by email at Christine@LagunaFoundation.org

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