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Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2017 - 2018 Schedule

 

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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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Artist Reception for New Heron Hall Art Exhibit
"Naturally" prints and paintings by Rik Olson
Saturday, January 13, 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

FREE. No RSVP necessary.
Light snacks provided.

Join us in welcoming Rik Olson and his beautiful artwork to Heron Hall. His prints and paintings will be on display January 9 through May 1, 2018. “Moving to Sonoma County 20 years ago opened up my vision to the beauty of nature. The natural environment, the colors, the forest, the ocean coastline are all inspirations to a visual person. I am drawn to the printmaking process and its complexity where the skill of the hand and eye combine to cut blocks. Through the art of printing I try to produce images of the fullness of nature.” A California native, Rik Olson received his B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He studied under such masters as Barry Moser, John DePol, Richard McLean, and Ralph Borge. He lived, studied and exhibited in Italy, Germany and the U.S. His influences include the years he lived in Europe and currently the beautiful countryside of Sonoma County. He enjoys pushing the envelope in printmaking and has recently been working on editions of multi-color linoleum cut prints. Check out details of our current and upcoming art exhibits here.

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Waterfowl of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the Pacific Flyway
Presentation with “Duck Man” Dave Barry
Saturday, January 20,
(reschedule from Jan. 6), 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 21, 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 21,
(rescheduled from Jan. 7), 7:30am-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 20, 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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Before the Flood Film Screening
And discussion with Woody Hastings, Center for Climate Protection
Thursday, January 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$6-20 sliding scale
(non-refundable).  Pre-registration required (see below).

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Floodpresents a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film first came out in October 2016 and follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. After the 1.5 hour film, Woody Hastings, Renewable Energy Manager from the Center for Climate Protection, will join us for a discussion including what’s being done in Sonoma County and California to address climate change and positive steps each of us can take. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided.  

Woody Hastings is an energy and environmental policy analyst, strategic planner, and community organizer with over 28 years of experience in the non-profit, governmental, and private sectors. Woody specializes in Community Choice energy, a state policy that fosters energy democracy by empowering communities to establish their own not-for- profit electricity service, thereby taking control over decision-making about energy sources for electricity generation. Read Woody’s blog posts.

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Winter Color: Branches, Lichen and Leaves
Colored Pencil Techniques Workshop with Nina Antze
Saturday, January 27, 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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Celebrating World Wetlands Day: Laguna Kayaking Adventure
With Laguna Foundation Staff and Guides
Friday, February 2, 9:00am-Noon 
Meeting at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$50. (benefits the Laguna Foundation). Pre-registration required (see below).

In celebration of World Wetlands Day, we’re getting outdoors to experience the Laguna up close and personal, and we’d love to have you join us! Kayaking the Laguna gives us a different perspective of this amazing, dynamic place. We’ll enjoy birding, looking for wildlife, and cruising through the upper canopy of oaks while getting some exercise and fresh air. We’ll also keep our eyes open for trash to pick up so it doesn’t flow out to the Russian River and the ocean! The Laguna de Santa Rosa is one of 2,289 sites around the world designated as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, an intergovernmental treaty that provides a framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. This year’s theme for World Wetlands Day is “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future: Urban wetlands making cities livable.”  We’ll discuss how a healthy Laguna reduces flooding downstream and how our collaborative restoration, conservation, and education work is helping make the Laguna Watershed more resilient. We’ll meet at Heron Hall (hot drinks and light snacks will be provided), and after a brief welcome and overview, head out to explore. We have all the kayaks, life vests, and paddles needed (or you’re welcome to bring your own). Heavy rain or wind cancels, in which case you’d receive a full refund. Group size is limited, so sign up today! 

 

 

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Miniature Twined Basket of Peeled Willow
Workshop with Charlie Kennard
Saturday, February 3, 9:30am-3:30pm 
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$95. Pre-registration required (see below).

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. We will use fine peeled sticks of the native coyote willow to make small, bowl-shaped, open-weave twined baskets. Participants already experienced with willow may choose to make baskets with flat- or recurved-bottom baskets. Open to adults and teens, this class takes manual dexterity and previous weaving experience is very beneficial (not recommended for complete beginners or those with hand movement difficulties). All basket-making materials are included in the registration fee. Participants bring a sharp pocket knife, small diagonal clippers, a water bowl, small towel, and their own 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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CTS Terrestrial Ecology Workshop
Lecture and Field Trip with Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez
Friday, March 23, 2018 8:00am-5:30pm
Early Bird (ends Jan 19) $225
Regular $250
Student and Combo discounts available.

This one-day workshop is designed to provide practical training to professional biologists, resources managers, and students on the terrestrial ecology, land use management, and regulations of the California tiger salamander (CTS).

Rare Pond Species Survey Techniques Workshop
Lecture and Field Trip with Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez
Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, 2018 8:00am-10:30pm
Early Bird (ends Jan 19) $375
Regular $400
Student and Combo discounts available.

This one or two-day workshop (depending on which field trip you choose) is designed to provide practical training on aquatic survey techniques for the California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, and western pond turtle.

About the Instructors
Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez are experts on amphibian and reptile ecology and conservation, conduct herpetological research, and hold state and federal permits for three pond species.

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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!)
  • 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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