Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2015 Schedule

Laguna Environmental Center Open Houses
Second Saturday of the Month, 10:00am-3:00pm
March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, and so on . . .
Location: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Free (donations appreciated)

Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and historic Stone Farm by taking a guide-led tour or exploring a variety of hands-on activities. Birdwatch from the observation deck. Stop by for a visit and take in the beautiful views. Bring a picnic! Enjoy our gift shop in Great Blue Heron Hall and a new art exhibit "Celebrating the Wild" of Molly Eckler paintings and illustrations (on display through April 27). Keep an eye on our monthly schedule, as we offer special themes for some Open Houses. This is a working farm, so please leave your pets at home. The site is wheelchair accessible. No RSVP necessary. Come join us!

Themed Open Houses Coming Up:

  • Saturday March 14, 10am-3pm ALL ABOUT OWLS, with The Bird Rescue Center accompanied by their ambassador owls! Then at 3pm, "Owls: Masters of the Night" presentation with The Hungry Owl Project. Details below.

  • Saturday May 9 Edible and Medicinal Plants of California: A Bioregional Exploration, floristic table displays with Tellur Fenner, 11:00am-2:00pm (as part of our 10am-3pm Open House). Free. Followed by a 3:00pm slide presentation by Tellur Fenner about Edible and Medicinal Plants of California ($10 at the door, details below).

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Visual Journaling with the Laguna: Using Art to Create a Conversation Between Inner Self and the Natural World
Workshop with Dianne Monroe

Saturday, March 7, 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$60 ($50 Laguna Foundation members). Suitable for adults 18 years and up.
Pre-registration required (see below).

Discover Visual Journaling, a way of opening and deepening relations between ourselves and our world, using a blend of expressive arts, creativity and nature connection practices. In this day of creative exploration, you'll learn innovative, easy-to-use approaches for entering into a conversation with the connecting points between inner self and the natural world -- practices you can carry with you and use in your daily life. We'll spend time using these practices to invite a deeper relationship with the Laguna, exploring the richness and diversity of our wetlands and how they reflect the inner pathways of our lives. The workshop will take place rain or shine with Heron Hall as our base, as we invite weather to join us in our conversation. Most workshop supplies will be provided, along with hot drinks and light snacks.

Dianne Monroe is a Life Mentor, Coach, facilitator, writer, and photographer with more than 20 years experience creating and offering experiential and transformational programs and workshops. She blends creativity, Expressive Arts, and deep nature connection to support others in the discovery and deep understanding of their life path and how the threads of their personal story are interwoven with the big story of our world.To learn more about Dianne and her work, visit her website.


 

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All About Owls
, Special Open House
with the Bird Rescue Center and their ambassador owls!
Saturday March 14, 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Free (donations appreciated!). No RSVP necessary.

Our friends with Sonoma County's Bird Rescue Center will be joining us for this special Second Saturday of the Month Open House 10am-3pm, and they'll be bringing along several of their ambassador owls (probably Barn, Northern Pygmy, and Great Horned owls). There will be special activities for all ages, displays, and information about how to help these amazing creatures! Stay for the 3:00-4:30pm presentation by the Hungry Owl Project, $10 at the door, information below.

 

Owls: Masters of the Night
Presentation with The Hungry Owl Project

Saturday March 14, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Free! No RSVP necessary. Space is limited; come early to ensure getting a seat!

Venture out into the evening, especially this time of year, and you may hear the calls of the night’s supreme hunters– the owls. This presentation will address what makes these raptors such wonderful hunters; how their presence keeps nature in balance; and what we need to do to protect these extraordinary creatures. Participants will get to meet the Hungry Owl Project’s new Ambassador, Buho, a Western Screech Owl.

This free program is made possible through a partnership between the Laguna Foundation, LandPaths and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. The District permanently protects the diverse agricultural, natural resource and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations. It is funded through a by quarter-cent sales tax that was voted in by the residents of Sonoma County.

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Spring Birding in the Laguna
Series of Bird Watching Classes and Walks with Lisa Hug

Three Sundays: March 15 (3/15 class is full), April 12, and May 17, 8:30am-12:30pm
Meet at Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$40 per walk
Pre-registration required (see below).

In this birding series, we will celebrate Spring by exploring a different non-publicly accessible corner of the Laguna each month. In March we will enjoy the wide variety of waterfowl that utilizes the deep the channels of the Laguna that the winter rains have brought. During the months of April and May the resident songbirds will awaken and the colorful migrants will arrive from Central America with their vibrant songs. There will be a short PowerPoint orientation the first session. Bring binoculars, (spotting scope optional), a field guide, comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, water and a packed lunch or snacks. We will end each session with a group lunch and make a list of the species which we encountered. Pre-registration required (see below).

Lisa Hug originally came to California from the Midwest in 1986. She was very involved with Point Reyes Bird Observatory and eventually became a contract biologist and freelance naturalist in the mid-1990s. She has been teaching for the College of Marin, Petaluma Adult School and Point Reyes Field Institute for over a decade. She was president of Redwood region Ornithological Society for two hears and received the Martha Bentley and Ernestine Smith Award For the Dedication to Wildlife Conservation Education in 2009. She is currently a regional Coordinator for the Sonoma County Breeding Bird Atlas and she just finished editing the new Birds Checklist for the Laguna de Santa Rosa which can be purchased online or in the Heron Hall gift shop at the Laguna Environmental Center.

To register for only the March 15th class for $40, click below: Sorry, this class is FULL.


To register for only the April 12th class for $40, click below:

To register for only the May 17 class for $40, click below:


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California Tiger Salamander Terrestrial Ecology Workshop
With Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez

Friday, March 27, 8:00am-5:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Pre-registration required.

Rare Pond Species Survey Techniques Workshop
With Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez

Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Pre-registration required.

For complete information and registration, please visit our Rare Pond Species Workshop webpage.

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The Geologic History of Laguna de Santa Rosa and Coastal California
Presentation with geologist Dr. Jane Nielson

Thursday, April 23, 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

Details about the talk and about Dr. Jane Nielson coming soon to this webpage.

 

 

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Nestward Migration: Docent-led walks to the nesting colony at Delta Pond
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Choose your time: 8:00 AM, 8:15 AM, 8:30 AM, 8:45 AM, 9:00 AM
$15 per person. Pre-registration required.
Join the fun of this annual trek to the Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Double-crested Cormorant nesting site on the banks of the Laguna. By May 2 we will likely see everything from courtship displays, nest building, egg-sitting, and maybe even peek-in on chicks while watching parents hustle to keep up with hungry mouths to feed. All the sights and sounds of the rookery are truly exciting! Other possible treats include sightings of American White Pelicans and maybe even a Bald Eagle. Bring friends and family out for a joyful morning experience! This event benefiting the Learning Laguna bus scholarship program is always a sell-out so register early! Approximately 3-mile walk over flat, uneven terrain. Full details emailed upon registration.

Select Time

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Edible and Medicinal Plants of California: A Bioregional Exploration
Presentation with Tellur Fenner

Saturday, May 9, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

California is home to a diverse array of edible and medicinal plants long valued for their nutritional and therapeutic effects. During this presentation we will explore many of the more common (and lesser known) native/naturalized plants found growing throughout the state, with a focus on historical as well as modern use. Topics to be touched upon include: plant family morphological and phytochemical characteristics, introduction to the major CA bioregions and plant communities, legal and ethical harvesting guidelines, processing/preparation methods, edible/medicinal/utilitarian uses, plant toxicology/safety issues, rare/threatened/endangered status, and more! The presentation is an interactive lecture and includes a large selection of live/dried plant samples. Join us for this insightful and rewarding opportunity to learn about the unique (and useful) flora of our state. (Come early and enjoy the Open House 10am-3pm, with interactive floristic table displays by Tellur Fenner from 11:00-2:00pm. Details on the Open House are at the top of this page).

TELLUR FENNER is a clinical herbalist/educator and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S while studying, collecting, and using plant medicines from all the major bioregions. Tellur attended the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the California School of Herbal Studies, and received his Bachelor's Degree from Prescott College where he majored in Western Herbalism. As an herbalist of the “generalist” persuasion, he believes in the importance of an interdisciplinary practice which integrates the study of botany, ethnobotany, botanical pharmacy, human physiology, phytochemistry, and other biological sciences. He has taught classes and led trips for the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley, San Francisco Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Pepperwood Preserve, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as a number of other organizations. In addition to offering regular weekend workshops throughout the year, he also runs a comprehensive 12-month (240 hour) classroom/field based academic program titled: “Edible & Medicinal Plants of California: A Bioregional Exploration”. He is the owner/director of the Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic and Education Center located in Ukiah, CA. To learn more, visit his facebook page and his website.

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Whole Willow Shoot Twined Basket
Workshop with Charlie Kennard
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$75 ($65 Laguna Foundation members). Suitable for adults 18 years and up.
Pre-registration required (see below).

We will make open-weave twined baskets with whole willow, using Pomo techniques. Peeled and unpeeled willows will be available, and students can choose whether to make a small, fine-textured container, or a larger tray shape suitable for gathering seaweed.

Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM), Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Model in Sausalito, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden he 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.


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Covered in Birds: A Weekend Celebration of Birds in Poetry and Song
On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
Take Jack in Concert with Sonoma County Poets, a Reading hosted by Elizabeth Herron

Saturday evening, June 6
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Times, cost, and details coming soon to this webpage!

 

 

Feathered Friends of the Laguna
Bird Watching Walk with Lisa Hug

Sunday, June 7, 8:30am-12:30pm
Meet at Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$45 ($35 for Laguna Foundation members). Pre-registration required.
Details and registration coming soon.

 

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Farming with Nature
Presentation with Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser, Singing Frogs Farm

Saturday, June 13, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.
Details coming soon.



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Messengers of Summer: Sonoma County's Dazzling Dragonflies
Workshop with Kathy Biggs
Saturday, June 20, 9:00am-3:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
FREE! Pre-registration required on the LandPaths website. Class-size limited to 20.

Join us as we welcome summer with a special day-long workshop with dragonfly-expert Kathy Biggs. We’ll start with a morning presentation in Heron Hall, lunch by the dragonfly-rich pond at the Laguna Environmental Center, followed by fun-filled time in the field. Kathy will share the biology, life cycle, and ecology of Odonata (the family to which dragonflies and damselflies belong) and learn how to identify the most common species in Sonoma County. The afternoon field trip will be an opportunity to practice identification skills and to observe the unusual and fascinating behaviors of dragonflies. Learn about how the Laguna de Santa Rosa is part of the Pacific Flyway, used not only by birds but by "Odes" (dragonflies) too!  Bring your own sack lunch. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

This free program is made possible through a partnership between the Laguna Foundation, LandPaths and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. The District permanently protects the diverse agricultural, natural resource and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations. It is funded through a by quarter-cent sales tax that was voted in by the residents of Sonoma County.

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Ecological Handprints: Lifting Humanity While Lowering Our Footprint
Presentation with Dr. Rocky Rohwedder

Saturday, November 14, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.


The Ecological Handprint idea underscores the interrelated goals of ameliorating poverty and restoring ecological resilience. So, are there highly successful examples of lifting themselves out of poverty while simultaneously lowering their ecological footprint? The answer is a resounding … YES! This talk features an inspiring array of stories from around the world where basic human needs are being met in highly ecological ways via game changing technologies and financing mechanisms. From lighting to cooking to water and more, Ecological Handprints represent a powerful approach to a more sustainable future for all.

Dr. W.J. "Rocky" Rohwedder is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University. In the last few years he has taught and conducted field research in over 40 countries all over the world as a faculty member on seven voyages of the Semester at Sea. He has served as an educational consultant for many worthwhile organizations, including the World Resources Institute, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Peace Corps, the President's Council on Sustainable Development, the Energy Foundation, and the California Department of Education.

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Also on tap in 2015 . . . Stay tuned for details!

  • Creating Backyard Habitat, presentation and workshop with Tony McGuigan, July 11 & 12
  • Botanical Illustration workshop with Nina Antze, August 22
  • Photography workshop with Susan and Neil Silverman, September 27
  • Birds of Prey presentation and field trip with Larry Broderick, October 10 & 11
  • Natural paints workshop with Ane Carla Rovetta, October 24
  • Talks about reptiles, arachnids, and butterflies
  • Mid-Week Movie Nights
  • And much, much more!!!

For more information, contact Anita Smith, Public Education Coordinator, (707) 527-9277 x110 or anita@lagunafoundation.org