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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
November 8, December 13, January 10, 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 "Laguna de Santa Rosa, Splendor of Autumn" (on display through December 22) of plein air oil paintings by Donna DeLaBriandais. 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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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. His expertise in mushrooms stems from more than 35 years in the field and a personal library of over 1,000 mushroom books. His love for hunting mushrooms has resulted in over 8,000 color photos on MushroomObserver.org. He assists local hospitals and veterinarians as the north bay identification expert of poisonous mushrooms and is a consultant for the Bay Area Poison Control Center and the University of California Agricultural Extension Service. Darvin has written keys to over 3,000 species of fungi and coauthored several publications about fungi, including ‘100 Edible Mushrooms’ which is currently available at Amazon.com. He teaches workshops in mushroom identification, truffle ecology and fungal microscopy.

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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. Supplies not included (supply discounts are available to registered participants from a local art store).

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 Area
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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Introduction to Waterfowl of Sonoma County and California:
Identification and Habits of Our Wonderful Waterfowl

Presentation with Dave Barry
Saturday, December 13, 3:00-4:30pm (following our monthly Open House)
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

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; or that most ducks practice sexual dimorphism, where females and males of the same species look different? We will learn the difference between “dabbling" and ”diving” ducks and its importance to these masters of the water world. We will talk about some of the challenges waterfowl face today, as well as success stories.

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 Wildlife Conservancy, and is a lead naturalist with West County Hawk Watch.

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Introduction to Waterfowl of Sonoma County and California:
Identification and Habits of Our Wonderful Waterfowl

Natural History Walk with Dave Barry
Sunday, December 14, 7:30am-11:00am
Location: several areas along the Laguna (details emailed upon registration)

Suitable for 10 years old and up. Only heavy rain cancels.
$25 ($20 Laguna Foundation members and children 10-16). Pre-registration required.

We will visit 2-3 sites along the Laguna, not normally open to the public, where waterfowl love to hang out. On our 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 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. This natural history walk is suitable for novice to advanced birders.

Dave 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 Wildlife Conservancy, and is a lead naturalist with West County Hawk Watch.


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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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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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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