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Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2014-2015 Schedule


Laguna Environmental Center Open Houses
Second Saturday of the Month, 10:00am-3:00pm
September 13, October 11, December 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 "Our Countryside" (on display through September 28) of watercolors by the group Watercolor Artists of Sonoma County (WASCO). Keep an eye on our monthly schedule, as we offer special themes for some Open Houses (see below). This is a working farm, so please leave your pets at home. The site is wheelchair accessible. No RSVP necessary. Come join us!

Upcoming Special Open House Theme:

  • October 11 -- "All About Bats," activities for all ages, and presentation. Details below.

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Rolling the Climate Dice: How Can We Make Sense of Climate Scenario Science?
Presentation with Dr. Lisa Micheli, Executive Director, Pepperwood Foundation
Thursday August 28, 7:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

Dr. Lisa Micheli will introduce us to the science of “downscaling” future climate models and will highlight cutting-edge research that has been done here in the North Bay to see what our future may hold in terms of both climate, water, and natural resources. She will talk about how this data is being used via the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative in partnership with the Laguna Foundation and in the context of the Sonoma County Climate Action 2020 Plan. Learn how scientists are working to make the global local in order to understand how climate change is already impacting our every day experiences and what our neighbors at Pepperwood are doing to start measuring these effects in real time.

Lisa Micheli is the Executive Director of the Pepperwood Foundation. Her credentials include AB Harvard College, MPhil Cambridge University, MS and PhD UC Berkeley. Lisa applies her technical, policy, and fundraising expertise to the design and implementation of ecological restoration, research and education programs. She is the co-chair of the Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3), the chair of the science working group for the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative (NBCAI), and a member of the Santa Rosa Plain Technical Advisory Committee. She joined Sonoma County’s Pepperwood Foundation in October of 2009 as its first Executive Director.

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Cordage-Making Materials and Techniques

Workshop with Charlie Kennard
Saturday, September 6, 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$75 ($65 Laguna Foundation members). Pre-registration required.

Suitable for teens and adults (ages 13 and up)

The leaves, bark and roots of many native plants yield fibers that can be used for making string and rope. Each has a characteristic strength, appearance and scent. We will process a variety of plants—including dogbane that can be seen growing at the Laguna Foundation—and use several techniques to make cordage. Participants will be able to try their hand at thigh-rolling dogbane fibers. We will also discuss net-making techniques. Further details emailed upon registration.

Charles (Charlie) Kennard, a resident of San Anselmo, is a long-time student of California Indian and European basketry, and practices a wide variety of basketry techniques using local plants. He has taught for the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM), Point Reyes Field Institute, UC Botanical Garden, in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the Laguna Environmental Center, California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Model in Sausalito, and in the collection of the Oakland Museum. A sinuous 150-foot woven fence he made borders the East Garden of the Academy of Sciences. Charlie is also active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for the Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.


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Special BATS Day at the Laguna Environmental Center Open House
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pecial exhibits and activities with Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Saturday, October 11, Noon-3pm
(regular Open House goes 10am-3pm)
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Free. No RSVP necessary.

Join us for this fun and fascinating Open House with a focus on BATS! Our friends from the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue will be here from Noon-3pm with bat-related materials and activities for all ages. Then at 3:00pm . . .

All About Bats: Myth-Busting These Amazing Mammals
Presentation with Rachel Griffiths, Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Saturday, October 11, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

With Halloween right around the corner, wouldn't it be cool to learn about these iconic night-flyers? Learn about the natural history of our local bats, how they help keep down insect populations, and how we can help them! Rachel Griffiths is a long-time volunteer with SCWR who has years of experience rehabilitating injured bats. More details about Rachel and the presentation coming soon.

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The Best Edible Mushrooms of Sonoma County:
with environmental notes on their role in the ecosystem

Presentation with Darvin DeShazer
Thursday, October 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.

The mushroom season follows the rains so the season will be starting very soon.  We have about 3,000 species of fungi in Sonoma County and approximately half are edible.  Learn which are the best for the dinner table, where to find them and some culinary tips for enjoying them.  Because their natural role in the environment is a major clue to their fruiting habitat, understanding a small amount of Biology will often yield better results in hunting them.  Join us for an evening slide show and learn about the strange world of wild mushrooms.

Darvin DeShazer is a mycologist, a local science teacher, and scientific advisor for The Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMA), a non-profit group dedicated to learning about local mushrooms and educating the public about the vast and diverse world of fungi.

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Create a Keepsake Painting: Small Painting Workshop for the Holidays
Plein Air Watercolor Painting Workshop with Donna DeLaBriandais
Saturday, November 1, 10am-4pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$75 ($65 Laguna Foundation members). Pre-registration required.

Suitable for teens and adults

Autumn is a wonderful time to paint indoors or outdoors, "en plein air," and this workshop dovetails with Donna's painting exhibit in Heron Hall (on display October 1 to December 22). This workshop will begin indoors in lovely Heron Hall to study the basics of picture making, color mixing, and composition using watercolor paints on special panels. The afternoon session will be outdoors (weather permitting) to paint the wonderful scenes at the Laguna Environmental Center. Subjects to paint include the marsh pond with cattails, historic farm buildings, and scenes from the meadows with Mt. St. Helena in the distance. Donna will lecture and do a variety of demonstrations throughout the day. Using special watercolor boards, you'll complete three paintings or more during the workshop! These watercolor solid panels offer beautiful transparent and vibrant colors on a strong support that will not buckle or fade as with watercolor paper.

Donna DeLaBriandais is a Signature Member in the American Impressionist Society and a member of California Art Club. She is a third generation native of Santa Rosa and finds inspiration painting the landscape of Northern California on location and studio. Donna studied painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and graduated from the University of San Francisco. She later spent a summer at La Romita Art School in Italy. Donna teaches painting and drawing classes through Santa Rosa Junior College, National Parks, and various art centers. For more information about Donna and her artwork, visit her website.


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Bird Migration Along the Laguna de Santa Rosa
Presentation with Denise Cadman, City of Santa Rosa Environmental Specialist
Friday, November 14, 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

Learn the basics about how and why birds migrate and some of the incredible feats birds accomplish when migrating. The Laguna de Santa Rosa is part of the Pacific Migratory Flyway. Millions of birds migrate annually from winter homes to summer nesting grounds. Hear the stories of birds that winter in the Laguna, journey to our watershed in the spring for nesting, or briefly stopover before continuing their migration. This talk is geared towards teens and adults.

A native Santa Rosan, Denise Cadman is an Environmental Specialist for the City of Santa Rosa. This position involves managing 1,500 acres of irrigated and natural area land in the Laguna de Santa Rosa: planting creek corridors, removing invasive species, conducting studies and performing long-term surveys on plants, birds, and mammals. As an adjunct faculty member in the Life Sciences Department at Santa Rosa Junior College, Denise teaches biology. She is also very active with the Laguna Foundation as one of our docent trainers, science advisors, Laguna Keeper leaders, and a former board member. Denise attributes her career in natural resource management to a love of bird watching.

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Bird Migration Walk Around Delta Pond
Bird-watching and Natural History Walk with Denise Cadman
Saturday, November 15, 9:00am-Noon
Location: Delta Pond in Santa Rosa (directions sent upon registration)

$25 ($20 Laguna Foundation members). Pre-registration required (see below).

In late October the Laguna is colored by returning ducks and geese. Bufflehead, northern shovelers, ruddy ducks, pintails, teal, widgeon, white-fronted geese and others arrive in large numbers. After spending the late spring and summer breeding in northern states, Canada and Alaska, they will rest and eat and prepare for the return trip in the spring. We will greet the newly arrived migrants on our walk around Delta Pond. The hike is suitable for teens and adults and is approximately 3 miles in length over flat terrain.

A native Santa Rosan, Denise Cadman is an Environmental Specialist for the City of Santa Rosa. This position involves managing 1,500 acres of irrigated and natural area land in the Laguna de Santa Rosa: planting creek corridors, removing invasive species, conducting studies and performing long-term surveys on plants, birds, and mammals. As an adjunct faculty member in the Life Sciences Department at Santa Rosa Junior College, Denise teaches biology. She is also very active with the Laguna Foundation as one of our docent trainers, science advisors, Laguna Keeper leaders, and a former board member. Denise attributes her career in natural resource management to a love of bird watching.


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Amphibians of the San Francisco Bay Survey Techniques
Workshop with Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez

Friday, November 21 (day-long presentation) and Saturday, November 22 (field trip)
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Pre-registration required.

$175 (Register before November 7 and save $25!)
$100 Student Rate

(Must be full-time undergraduate or JC student. Copy of student id required with registration)
Download the flyer and registration form.
Mail, email, or fax your form to the location listed on the form.


This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the life history, ecology and conservation of frogs, toads, and salamanders that occur in the San Francisco Bay Area. The two-day workshop will be comprised of presentations on Friday and a field trip on Saturday at the Fairfield Osborne Preserve. Information on 16 species will be provided including identification features, range and distribution, habitat requirements, and behavior. Both common and rare species will be discussed. Professional biologists, resource managers, students, and the interested public will receive practical knowledge of our local amphibians.

The workshop focus will be on the following species: Ca. newt, Arboreal salamander, Pacific chorus frog, Rough-skinned newt, Yellow-eyed salamander, Western toad, Red-bellied newt, Black salamander, Western spadefoot, Northwestern salamander, Ca. slender salamander, American bullfrog, Ca. giant salamander, Ca. red-legged frog, Ca. tiger salamander, and Foothill yellow-legged frog.

Instructors for this workshop are Dave Cook and Jeff Alvarez, experts on amphibian ecology and conservation, and conduct herpetological research locally and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

This workshop is co-sponsored with the The Wildlife Project which specializes in environmental compliance and technical field surveys. Specifically, assisting clients with mitigation development and monitoring, special-status species surveys and habitat evaluations, biological assessments, survey and monitoring technique development, and biological consultation.
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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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Also on tap . . . Stay tuned for details!

  • Fall raptor walk with Larry Broderick
  • Winter Waterfowl talk and field trip
  • Earth to Art workshop with Ane Carla Rovetta
  • 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