Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2015 Schedule


Laguna Environmental Center Open Houses
Second Saturday of the Month, 10:00am-3:00pm
January 10, February 14, March 14, 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!

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Kayaking and Hiking the Laguna
Presentation by Laguna Foundation Executive Director, David Bannister
Saturday, January 10, 3pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

Learn how to get around the Laguna by foot or by boat. In his slideshow presentation, David will share where the access points are, where you can go from there, what those spots are like in various weather conditions and times of year, things to watch out for, and lots of images of what you can see. David has been kayaking and hiking in the Laguna for more than 20 years and has also done lots of kayaking in the Petaluma River, Napa River, Tomales Bay, Bolinas Lagoon, and the Estero Americano. He enjoys birdwatching and observing other wildlife in all these locales, but the Laguna is his favorite.

Join us for this fun and informative talk! Come early and enjoy the Open House as well (Second Saturday of the Month Open House at the Laguna Environmental Center, 10:00am-3:00pm).

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"Wetlands: Ever-Changing Waters, Land, and Life" Opening Reception
Multi-Media Art Exhibit, in collaboration with the Sebastopol Center for the Arts
in honor of the Laguna Foundation's 25th Anniversary
Thursday, January 15, 6:00-7:30pm
(exhibit on display through February 21)
Location: Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Free. No RSVP necessary.

Details coming soon.

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Native Art of the Laguna de Santa Rosa
Lecture by Professor Ben Benson

In collaboration with the Sebastopol Center for the Arts
and in honor of the Laguna Foundation's 25th Anniversary
Saturday January 31, 3:00-4:00pm

Location: Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472
$25 (no one turned away for inability to pay)

Details coming soon.

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From Earth to Art: Making Art Supplies from Natural Materials
Workshop with Ane Carla Rovetta

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$65 ($60 Laguna Foundation members). Suitable for adults 18 years and up.
Pre-registration required (see below).

Soils, soot, milk and sap—for thousands of years humans made nontoxic art from what was at hand. During this day of grinding, mixing, and experimenting, Ane Carla will share the historic recipes she has been researching and using for the past 18 years. Students will make and try paints, chalks and charcoal, and take some home. Join us for this intimate, fun, and memorable hands-on workshop in light-filled, comfortable Heron Hall. You’ll be surrounded by gorgeous views of nature and the peace and quiet of the Laguna Environmental Center. Most workshop supplies will be provided, as well as hot drinks and light snacks.

Ane Carla Rovetta is a local science illustrator, field biologist, amazingly talented storyteller, and teacher of cultural uses of plants and nature crafts. Trained as a zoologist, Ane Carla combines science and art in her paintings, handmade art materials, and public performances. An illustrator since 1978, Ane Carla’s artwork can be seen in five books, as well as many scientific and educational periodicals.


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Raptors in Love: Birds of Prey Courtship and Pair-Bonding
Presentation with Lawrence Broderick
Thursday February 12, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

With Valentine's Day only a couple days away, join us for this fun and informative presentation by birds of prey specialist, Lawrence (Larry) Broderick. With amazing photos, up-to-date scientific information, and engaging stories from the field, Larry will focus on the fascinating world of raptor courtship displays and behavior, breeding, partnership and pair-bonding, and territories.

Larry Broderick runs West County Hawk Watch. With an extensive background in hawk identification, raptor survey and census techniques, Larry is known for his passion for raptors and for his fun and informative talks and walks with real-time narration of hawks as they appear in their natural settings. Larry also leads programs with Sonoma Land Trust, LandPaths, and many other regional groups.

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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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Also on tap . . . Stay tuned for details!

  • Talks about reptiles, arachnids, and butterflies
  • Photography workshop
  • 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