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Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2017 - 2018 Schedule

 

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Fire and the Lands We Call Home: A Renewed Approach for a Brighter Future
Presentation with Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) fire ecologist, Dr. Sasha Berleman
Thursday, November 30, 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Sliding scale donation requested, Pre-registration required.

This past October, the North Bay area experienced one of its most destructive and tragic human disasters in recorded history due to fire. Over the past hundred years, the human-fire relationship has been one riddled with animosity, and this antagonism has come at great cost to people and ecosystems alike. Yet it hasn’t always been this way, and it doesn’t have to be this way as we look to the future. Attend this talk to learn about fire’s long-standing and critical role in our ecosystems, and the ways our plant communities have come to depend on fire as an ecosystem process. Discover the thousands-years-old inextricable role that people played in that relationship, and how humans depended on fire for millennia in the same way our landscapes still do today. Finally, find out how we can renew our land management techniques and revolutionize our culture so that we can learn to live with fire rather than against it. Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) is working with partners across the region, state and country to implement the National Wildfire Cohesive Strategy by innovating an all-hands, all-lands approach to increase the pace and scale of fuels treatments across the region, and we look forward to sharing our vision with you.

Dr. Sasha Berleman leads ACR's Fire Ecology Program. She has her PhD in wildland fire science from UC Berkeley, and conducted her graduate research in Northern California on prescribed fire use for restoration of ecosystem health. She has been an active participant in Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) since 2010, with most being located in Northern California (Shasta, Trinity and Klamath regions). She is a wildland firefighter with “Fire Effects Monitoring” and “Squad Boss” qualifications. She spent summer 2017 on the Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew, has planned and organized interagency private lands controlled burns, and has approximately 600 hours of hands-on prescribed fire experience. Sasha is a board member of the Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council. 

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Be Smarter Than Your Camera!  Beyond Beginners Digital Photography
Workshop with Dave Strauss
Saturday, December 9, 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$75.  Pre-registration required (see below). Thanks to the instructor, we have several free spots available for those directly impacted by the fires. Please email Anita to inquire.

Want to be smarter than your camera? This workshop is an introduction to the four fundamental variables in photography and the benefits and opportunities of photography in manual mode. The current generation of “smart” digital cameras has amazing capabilities, but they make decisions for you about focus, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO based on algorithms that may or may not comport with your creative intentions. This workshop is intended for smart-camera photographers who want to venture beyond the “green” and automatic scene modes, and to learn how manual mode opens up creative opportunities and improves photographs in challenging situations. Participants should have a digital camera that provides for manually setting aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focus. Participants should determine how to switch into manual mode, and how to make changes to aperture, shutter speed, and ISO on their respective cameras prior to the workshop. This is NOT a beginning photography class. Participants should be familiar with their cameras and have some experience taking pictures with that camera. The workshop will take place inside Heron Hall. Participants are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy after the workshop, as the instructor will be available for 30-45 minutes of after-class informal coaching. 

Dave Strauss was born and raised in Marin County. He graduated from UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design and began a 43-year career in computer systems, industrial automation, and electronics. Dave has been an enthusiastic photographer since childhood.  At age seven, his first camera was a Kodak Brownie. While he has made tens of thousands of photographs throughout his life, he re-engaged seriously and professionally with photography when he retired from the electronics industry in 2013. In recent years, his photos have won awards, been shown in galleries and museums, and have been published in many media, including magazines, books, websites, and scientific journals. Today, Dave operates from his studio in Oakland, specializing in wildlife, studio portraits, editorial, and advertising photography for periodicals, biological/paleontological research specimen imaging, and fine art capture. Visit Dave’s website here. The current art exhibit in Heron Hall is of Dave’s wildlife photography, “Form & Color: It’s Wild Out There,” and is on display through January 3, 2018.

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Tule Twined Basket
Workshop with Charlie Kennard (back by popular demand)
Sunday, December 10, 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center,  900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$95.
 Pre-registration required (see below). This workshop is now FULL. If you'd like to be on the wait list, email Anita and we'll let you know if there are any cancellations.

Enjoy a delightful day full of hands-on learning in Heron Hall and around the peaceful Laguna Environmental Center grounds with master weaver, Charlie Kennard. Each student will make a lightweight basket of Tule reed, using several different weaves. The basket will be suitable for storing nuts, onions, socks, or anything else you need to tidy up! Tule is an ideal material for beginner weavers, but is also a favorite of more experienced weavers, who can experiment with a variety of stitches, splices and rim treatments. All basket-making materials are included in the registration fee. Participants bring large scissors, a water bowl, small towel, and their lunch. Hot drinks and snacks are provided.

Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for 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, the Oakland Museum, and the one in Heron Hall! You can also visit a basketry plant garden he created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross, where he and four friends recently wove a basket 13 feet in diameter. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.

 

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Laguna Mushroom Foray and Identification
Workshop with Darvin DeShazer
Sunday, December 17, 9:30am-3:30pm
(rain or shine)
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center,  900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$95.
 Pre-registration required (see below).

Join us for a day of exploring and learning about local mushrooms in and around the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. We’ll start the day in Heron Hall with hot drinks and snacks and a brief introductory talk about collecting wild mushrooms. Then we’ll head out for a couple hours (rain or shine) to forage for anything fungal from the decomposers to the mycorrhizal mushrooms. We’ll return to enjoy lunch together (bring your own lunch) and spend the afternoon displaying, identifying, and talking about the fresh specimens and answering questions. Participants are also welcome to bring in mushrooms from around their home for identification. The foraging part of this event will not be wheelchair accessible and might require walking on uneven terrain for 1-2 miles at the most. This event will take place rain or shine, and is suitable for ages 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We hope you’ll join us for this great fungal adventure!

Darvin DeShazer is a retired Science teacher. His scientific training was guided by Dr. David Largent at Humboldt State University where Darvin obtained a degree in Biology and teaching certificates in Life Science and Chemistry. He was one of the cofounders of the Sonoma County Mycological Association, creator of the club scholarship program and serves as the Science Advisor. His expertise in mushrooms stems from 40 years in the field and a personal library of over 1,000 mushroom books. His love for hunting mushrooms has resulted in over 9,000 color photos on MushroomObserver.org

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Waterfowl of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the Pacific Flyway
Presentation with “Duck Man” Dave Barry
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 3:00-4:30pm 
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center,  900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$12
(non-refundable).  Pre-registration required (see below).

Ducks, geese, wonderful waterfowl!  We will learn basic identification and characteristics of waterfowl found in Sonoma County and along the Laguna de Santa Rosa at different times of year. Did you know that a goose species that overwinters in Sonoma County is known to migrate 3,000 miles over open ocean? And that most ducks practice sexual dimorphism, where females and males of the same species look different? We will learn cool facts like the difference between “dabbling" and “diving” ducks and its importance to these masters of the water world. Learn about how the Laguna de Santa Rosa is an important stopover along the Pacific Flyway for thousands of migrating ducks and other water-loving birds. We will talk about some of the challenges that waterfowl face, as well as success stories.

And, join us for another waterfowl-focused event with Dave the next day on Sunday, January 7, 7:30-11:00am for a Sunrise Natural History walk. Details below. 

Dave Barry is a certified California Naturalist, a certification program created by UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Dave brings a breath of experience and knowledge of birding and nature to his volunteer work mentoring young birders, leading bird tours and nature hikes, and giving natural history talks. Dave is a Santa Rosa native and has done programs with LandPaths, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the Wildlands Conservancy, and is a lead naturalist with West County Hawk Watch.

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Waterfowl of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the Pacific Flyway
Sunrise Natural History Walk with “Duck Man” Dave Barry
Sunday, January 7, 2018, 7:30-11:00am
Meeting at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$35.  Pre-registration required
(see below).

We will visit 2-3 sites along the Laguna, not normally open to the public, where waterfowl love to hang out. On our early morning walk we will learn to identify ducks by their behavior and vocalization, both in flight and while feeding. We will learn basic identification techniques and key characteristics of waterfowl found in Sonoma County and along the Laguna de Santa Rosa at different times of year, as well as learn cool facts such as the difference between “dabbling" and ”diving” ducks and its importance to these masters of the water world. We will keep a list of what we see and compare notes back at Heron Hall. This natural history walk is suitable for novice to advanced birders, 10 years old and up. Light snacks provided.

Join us for another waterfowl-focused event with Dave the previous day on Saturday, January 6, 3:00-4:30pm for a presentation all about wonderful waterfowl. Details above. 

Dave Barry is a certified California Naturalist, a certification program created by UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Dave brings a breath of experience and knowledge of birding and nature to his volunteer work mentoring young birders, leading bird tours and nature hikes, and giving natural history talks. Dave is a Santa Rosa native and has done programs with LandPaths, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the Wildlands Conservancy, and is a lead naturalist with West County Hawk Watch.

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Winter Color: Branches, Lichen and Leaves
Colored Pencil Techniques Workshop with Nina Antze
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm
Meeting at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$95.  Pre-registration required
(see below).

Spend a peaceful, meditative day at the Laguna Environmental Center learning and practicing different colored pencil techniques from a wonderful botanical artist and instructor, Nina Antze. We’ll explore the textures and markings of winter branches, along with lichen and the dying leaves, acorns, dried berries and other last vestiges of the season.  Learn ways to use lots of color to create interesting browns and grays while enjoying the warmth of Heron Hall and the Laguna Environmental Center native plant landscape. All levels welcome. Suitable for 12 year olds and up (children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult). Participants bring their own lunch and art supplies (a supply list will be provided). Hot drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Nina Antze is a Sonoma County botanical artist and quiltmaker. 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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Also on tap, coming up . . . Stay tuned for details!

  • Winter Flash Kayaking opportunities (make sure you're on our E-News list!)
  • World Wetlands Day Kayaking adventure, February 2
  • Miniature Peeled Willow basket class with Charlie Kennard, Feb. 3
  • Geology presentation series with Dr. Jane Nielson, February 15, March 29, April 26
  • Laguna Watershed Perspectives, Taylor Mountain Hike with Regional Parks, February 18
  • Dragonflies presentation with Kevin Munroe, February 22
  • Fungi and Roots presentation with Robert Kourik, March 3
  • Spring Birdwatching with Lisa Hug March 18, April 15, May 20
  • Laguna Headwaters walk with Jenny Blaker and friends, April 8
  • Dia del Nino Open House, April 29
  • Delta Pond Rookery Walks, May 6
  • Animal Sign and Bird Language of the Laguna, field trip with Marley Peifer, June 3
  • Behind the Scenes Restoration walks with Laguna Foundation stafff
  • Nature Journaling classes
  • Wildlife Watching Evenings at the Laguna Environmental Center
  • Laguna for Little Ones, playscape fun for moms and toddlers
  • Talks about climate adaptation, botany, anthropology, reptiles, arachnids, bats, and butterflies
  • And much, much more!!!

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

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CANCELLATION POLICY: If you are registered for an event and need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible. Cancellations received more than 30 days in advance of the event date will receive a refund minus a $10.00 processing fee. Cancellations made between 30-7 days in advance will receive a 50% refund. We are sorry but refunds cannot be given on cancellations made less than 7 days in advance. Please also note that we often need a minimum number of participants to conduct most events. If the Laguna Foundation needs to cancel the event for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible (at least 1 day prior to the event) and you will receive a full refund.

NON-REFUNDABLE FEES: Events that cost $20 and less are non-refundable (except in case of our cancelling for inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances, in which case we will issue full refunds). This is due to administrative costs and significant processing fees associated with online registration services such as Eventbrite. Thank you for your understanding and for your interest and support of our programs!

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