Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2014-2015 Schedule


Laguna Environmental Center Open Houses
Second Saturday of the Month, 10:00am-3:00pm
December 13, January 10, February 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 "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!

Special Theme for December 13 Open House -- Ducks Day!
Join us December 13, 10am-3pm for a special waterfowl-focused Open House (FREE) with displays, activities and information all about ducks and geese and other waterfowl found along the Laguna and migrating throught the area. Stay on until 3:00pm and join us for Dave Barry's presentation ($10) "Introduction to Waterfowl of Sonoma County and California:Identification and Habits of Our Wonderful Waterfowl. See details below.
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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