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Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2015-2016 Schedule

Laguna Environmental Center Open Houses
Second Saturday of the Month, 10:00am-3:00pm
August 8, September 12, October 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 "Breathing Space" of Susan Ball paintings (on display through August 30). 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!

Themed Open Houses Coming Up:

  • August 8, Laguna Wildlife with special presentation at 3pm by photographer Tom Reynolds. Details below.

  • September 12, A Photographic Journey through the Laguna de Santa Rosa, special exhibit in Heron Hall in celebration of the Laguna Foundation's 25th Anniversary. Details here.

  • October 10, Birds of Prey, with special presentation at 3pm by raptor expert Larry Broderick. Details below.

  • February 13, River Otters, with special presentation at 3pm with the River Otter Ecology Project. Details below.

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Wildlife of Northern California and Sonoma County
Photo and Video presentation with Tom Reynolds
Saturday, August 8, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

Join us for a delightful and insightful visual feast by local photographer, Tom Reynolds. Tom will share some of his favorite wildlife photographs, as well as a video he made which includes footage of River Otter, Sea Otter, Beaver, Bald Eagle, Pileated Woodpeckers nesting, and other local birds and wildlife. In addition to highlighting local wildlife, the presentation will also include images from Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, and other northern California locations.

Tom Reynolds is one of our local treasures. He is not only a fabulous photographer, but a dedicated and tireless volunteer for many local organizations including the Laguna Foundation and the Sonoma County Bird Rescue. Tom was awarded the Sonoma County Regional Park's "Best of the Best" Volunteer award in 2011, Sonoma County Volunteer of the Year award in 2012, and the Madrone Audubon Society's Bentley Smith Award in 2013 for his photography and work with education and the environment. You can preview some of Tom's amazing photos and videos on his Facebook page.

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Drawing Summer’s Fruits: Colored Pencil Techniques
Workshop with botanical illustrator, Nina Antze
Saturday, August 22, 10:00am-3:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$85.  Pre-registration required (see below).

Learn to draw the fruits of summer – pears, apples and other delights from the gardens at the Laguna Environmental Center. Maybe even an end of summer flower. Enjoy a peaceful, meditative day doing pencil work. At the same time, discover how to create vibrant color using blending, layering and burnishing techniques while incorporating the basics of botanical drawing. All levels welcome. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Nina Antze is a Sonoma County botanical artist and quilt maker. 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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Creative Photography at the Laguna
Workshop with professional photographers Susan and Neil Silverman
Sunday, September 27, 7:30am-3:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$75. Pre-registration required (see below).

Here is a fun photo workshop for everyone!! What a beautiful place to photograph not only the obvious, but the subtle as well. In this workshop you will work with creative techniques, work with the lighting conditions (good and bad), spark your compositional ideas, and come away with a “new” perspective on your photography. Whatever equipment or experience you have, we want you to be excited and motivated to get GREAT photos; no more “ho-hum” images. Today everyone is a photographer, so why not aspire to have fun, exciting, beautiful images. Be excited about your photos, not underwhelmed.  We will meet early in the morning at Heron Hall then step out into the wonderful world of the Laguna for a morning of photography and demonstrations. We will return to the hall for lunch (bring your own lunch; drinks and light snacks provided) and an afternoon of discussions, teaching, and sharing knowledge, exciting visual slide shows, technique demonstrations, and “take home” practical ideas. Plus you will have the opportunity to win some wonderful free raffle prizes!!!

Susan and Neil Silverman are a husband-wife team who have taught and photographed together for over twenty years. Their passion behind the lens is transmitted not only through their images, but to their students as well. They have been leading their own workshops for over ten years and taught for Great American Photography Workshops for ten years; have taught for Better Photo.com, Santa Fe School, PPA affiliates, PPC, B&H Photo, Pacific North West Art School, Gualala Art Center and many more. Although they are well versed in Photoshop and Lightroom, they believe in getting the image in the camera. They love teaching and watching their students have that “Aha” moment of learning how to capture a wonderful photo. They forever seek "the Image, the Light, and the Moment" through their camera lens and their life experiences. Photography is fun, exciting and an ever-changing environment and they work hard to keep their finger on the pulse of the beat of the times. A photo can be good or great; and they believe in putting the "extra" in front of ordinary. Visit their website.

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Raptors of the Laguna: Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Talk
Presentation with raptor specialist, Lawrence Broderick
Saturday, October 10, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

After our Raptor-focused Open House (with educational displays and hands-on activities for all ages), join us for this enthusiastic and informative presentation about the resident birds of prey (“raptors”) in the Laguna de Santa Rosa and California. Lawrence Broderick's fascinating and visually-exciting presentation includes not only wonderful first-hand stories from the field, but also is packed with interesting information about raptor habits, identification, and suggestions of where to spot them. Join us also on Sunday morning to see raptors first-hand (details of the birds-of-prey field trip below)!

Lawrence (Larry) Broderick runs West County Hawk Watch. With a strong background in hawk identification, raptor survey and census techniques, Larry is known for his fun and informative talks and walks with real-time narration of hawks as they appear in their natural settings. Larry also leads walks with Sonoma Land Trust, LandPaths, and many other regional groups. West County Hawk Watch, a North Bay Area group that brings attention to threats faced by North American birds of prey. They provide identification and education programs, hikes, tours, and workshops, as well as nest site protection, counts, studies, and documentation.

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Raptors of the Laguna: Birds of Prey Identification Walk
Natural History Field Trip with raptor specialist, Lawrence Broderick
Sunday, October 11, 9:30am-1:00pm

Location details sent upon registration
$30.  Suitable for all ages (18 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult).
Pre-registration required (see below).

Come out to see and learn about the local and migrant Birds of Prey around the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Fall is migration time and aside from seeing the resident hawks, we will look for migrating hawks as well. From beginner to expert, and suitable for all ages, there is something for everyone. We will have multiple guides and docents along to get the one-on-one training for those who want it. Our goal is to get people out into the field and see these magnificent Birds of Prey going about their daily business. With a friendly, informative and non-intimidating atmosphere, we will share the excitement raptors bring and understand some of their intriguing behaviors. We will learn how to identify them through basic identification traits as well as more advanced observations, and learn what types of habitat they need to succeed and thrive, thus gain a better understanding of land use, protection and potential hazards. Good people, good fun, exercise, fresh air, and oh yes, hawks!

Lawrence (Larry) Broderick runs West County Hawk Watch. With a strong background in hawk identification, raptor survey and census techniques, Larry is known for his fun and informative talks and walks with real-time narration of hawks as they appear in their natural settings. Larry also leads walks with Sonoma Land Trust, LandPaths, and many other regional groups. West County Hawk Watch, a North Bay Area group that brings attention to threats faced by North American birds of prey. They provide identification and education programs, hikes, tours, and workshops, as well as nest site protection, counts, studies, and documentation.

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Once Upon a Wetland: Pigments from the Marsh
Natural Paints workshop with Ane Carla Rovetta
Saturday, October 24, 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Suitable for adults and teens (teens must be accompanied by an adult).
FREE.  Pre-registration required through LandPaths website.

The story of natural paint is intertwined with the narrative of wetlands around the world. Historically, pigments were often collected from seeps, the lowest places where color can collect. Bright yellow cattail pollen is still revered by the Navajo, and tule mud can be the darkest of browns. During this morning of discovery we will make natural paint from supplies found around our beautiful Laguna and beyond. All recipes used are non-toxic. 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 during a time that it is closed to the public. Most workshop supplies will be provided, as well as hot drinks and light snacks. 

Ane Carla Rovetta is a local science illustrator, field biologist, storyteller-extraordinaire, 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.

This free program is made possible through a partnership between the Laguna Foundation, LandPaths and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. The District permanently protects the diverse agricultural, natural resource and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations. It is funded through a quarter-cent sales tax that was voted in by the residents of Sonoma County.

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Tule 'Sugar-' and Berry-Gathering Basket
Workshop with Charles Kennard
Saturday, November 1, 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$80. Pre-registration required (see below).

Here is a real treat of a workshop with weaving expert, Charles (Charlie) Kennard. Enjoy a delightful day full of hands-on learning in Heron Hall and around the peaceful Laguna Environmental Center grounds. We will make an Owens Valley Paiute-style scoop-shaped basket using several uncommon weaving techniques. This is a rare type of basket, known from a collection in Chicago, and once used for gathering, and for storing honey dew. Most workshop supplies, as well as light snacks and hot drinks are provided. All skill levels welcome!

Charles Kennard, a resident of San Anselmo, is a long-time student of California Indian 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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Working with Beaver: A Dam Good Idea!
Presentation with Kate Lundquist of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
Thursday, November 5, 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.


Kate will give a slide presentation about the remarkable biology, benefits and history of the beaver. Learn how beaver are helping both urban and rural communities across California restore watersheds, recover endangered species and increase climate change resiliency. Kate will share recent discoveries in her research to re-evaluate the historic range of beaver in California and how you can contribute to the Bring Back the Beaver campaign.

Kate Lundquist is the Associate Director of the WATER Institute at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC). OAEC is a non-profit education center and demonstration farm in Sonoma County dedicated to creating and encouraging ecologically,economically and culturally sustainable communities. Since 2005 Kate has co-conceived, managed and written about the WATER Institute's watershed advocacy, education, demonstration, training, and research projects. Kate enjoys cultivating her own watershed literacy through observing, tending, foraging, and making goods from the wilds of California’s amazingly diverse array of ecosystems.

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Ecological Handprints: Lifting Humanity While Lowering Our Footprint
Presentation with Dr. Rocky Rohwedder

Saturday, November 14, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.


The Ecological Handprint idea underscores the interrelated goals of ameliorating poverty and restoring ecological resilience. So, are there highly successful examples of lifting themselves out of poverty while simultaneously lowering their ecological footprint? The answer is a resounding … YES! This talk features an inspiring array of stories from around the world where basic human needs are being met in highly ecological ways via game changing technologies and financing mechanisms. From lighting to cooking to water and more, Ecological Handprints represent a powerful approach to a more sustainable future for all.

Dr. W.J. "Rocky" Rohwedder is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University. In the last few years he has taught and conducted field research in over 40 countries all over the world as a faculty member on seven voyages of the Semester at Sea. He has served as an educational consultant for many worthwhile organizations, including the World Resources Institute, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Peace Corps, the President's Council on Sustainable Development, the Energy Foundation, and the California Department of Education.

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Finding Wisdom for Your Walk: Focus on Your Body and Get More From Your Walks
Workshop with Liza Weaver Brickey, MA
Saturday, December 5, 9:00am-12:30pm, including a vegetarian potluck
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Suitable for adults 18 years and up.
$35. Pre-registration required (see below).

The physical wisdom that you bring to your walk colors the experience and insight you gain from every step. If you wake up in the morning with a body that is cranky, it is hard to imagine that your walk will give you a mystical experience, release yesterday’s baggage, a satisfying conversation with a friend, or even a brisk start to your day. Your body has the inherent ability to take care of you. But, sometimes it’s difficult to understand how your body speaks. Learning to pay attention to the language of your body can open new possibilities for moving without pain, with speed that does not damage you, with enough breath to walk and talk at the same time, and without such a heavy load of baggage. In 2.5 hours, you will explore your relationship to the ground and what makes for a better uprightness. You will begin to experience the difference between your two feet and their relationship to the earth, and the importance of your heel in walking. Also, there will be attention directed toward how breath and the carriage of your head and neck are a part of every step. Awareness of how you move is the doorway to what it means to “get more from your walk.”

Liza Weaver Brickey is a Feldenkrais practitioner who studied with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and has her own practice in Sebastopol. She is the founder of Sunrisewalkers, a group of people who regularly walk the Laguna de Santa Rosa trail. Having been diagnosed with advanced arthritis in both hip joints 10 years ago, Liza used the Feldenkrais techniques and method of bringing awareness to the body and now walks the 2-mile Laguna trail with ease and grace, does yoga, travels and hikes. She has a passion for sharing these tools with others for better ways of moving and alignment. 

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River Otters Are Back!
Presentation with Megan Isadore, Executive Director of the River Otter Ecology Project
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 at the door. No RSVP necessary.

Our Second Saturday of the Month Open House in February is going to be all about River Otters!  Our friends from the River Otter Ecology Project (ROEP) will be joining us and will have educational displays and fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Displays will include current maps of river otter sightings; information on the ROEP’s Education, Research, and Citizen Science programs; River Otter v. Sea Otter display and skull models for comparison; and children's coloring activities. Open House is 10am-3pm and is FREE.

After the Open House at 3:00pm, Megan Isadore will give a presentation in Heron Hall ($10 per person at the door) about how river otters, extirpated from the Bay Area for decades, are back!  The River Otter Ecology Project has been studying their return and their ecological niche in our shared watersheds since 2012, and they've come up with some very interesting and hopeful findings. Come on out and hear about their results, their continuing investigations, and of course plenty of river otter natural history, illustrated with videos of these very charismatic otters. We hope you will learn a lot and leave with a renewed sense of the positive changes we humans are able to make to conserve and restore precious habitat shared by otters, birds, fish, eelgrass, kelp, humans and every living creature in between.

Megan Isadore is Co-founder and Executive Director of River Otter Ecology Project. She is a naturalist who has been studying and teaching about coastal wetland ecology in relation to salmonids for the past 16 years, as well as working as a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in raccoons. The river otter project grew out of questioning whether people were actually seeing more river otters in Marin creeks and bays, or whether people were just noticing them more. When they realized there was no population, range, prey or other information available on river otters in Central California they decided to begin that work. They collected a team of scientists and naturalists and began their non-invasive study of river otters, using camera traps, scat collection and habitat mapping.

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Also on tap in coming months. . . Stay tuned for details!

  • Talks about geology, anthropology, hydrology
  • Talks about reptiles, arachnids, dragonflies, butterflies
  • Laguna hikes and natural history explorations
  • Natural history and art classes for all ages
  • 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