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Community Education
Walks, Talks & Classes


AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER


The Laguna Foundation is proud to collaborate with local biologists, artists, educators, naturalists, and partner organizations to offer a wide range of natural and cultural history online programs, presentations, and outings all year long. Whether you’d like to learn a new skill, enjoy the beautiful Laguna scenery, or attend a fun event with your family, the Laguna Foundation has a variety of offerings to deepen your appreciation for the Laguna de Santa Rosa, connect with nature, and inspire a vibrant community dedicated to lifelong learning.

Please note that all in-person outings follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Heavy smoke, excessive heat or heavy rain cancels in-person programs. Lastly, please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend an outing so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist.

Select webinar recordings can be found on our Educational Resources page or on our YouTube channel.

August



Art Walk - Gallery and Grounds Open at the Laguna Environmental Center
Saturday, August 20, 2022. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
FREE. No RSVP required.

Enjoy our current exhibit “Protecting the Environment that Sustains Us” featuring the Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Group then walk around the native plant demonstration garden. Visitors are also welcome to bring a lunch and sit at the picnic tables.

The Pointless Sisters have immersed themselves in fabric and thread in surface design and unusual techniques. They challenge each other to produce uncommon works with various common themes using paints and dyes, surface design, and stitching on fabrics from cottons and silks to brocades. The Pointless Sisters have contributed artworks and raised money to benefit local non-profits. The group is committed to bringing art quilting to the community.

Of the 40+ members of the Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Group, this exhibit features the artwork of: Elizabeth Anderson, Kathleen Archer, Jennifer Baker, Lyra Bobo, Cheryl Braswell, Sharon Cahn, Angie Frey, Trudi Chamoff-Hauptman, Ann Hines, Carroll Hirsch, Jo Kellar, Sue Kelly, SuLin Mangan, Judy Mathieson, Linda Morand, Jan Nilsen, Gerrie Peterson, Metha Schuler, Gina Statler-Calhoun, CL Tree, Andrea Van Voorhis, and Ellindale Wells



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Vernal Pool Work Party
Stewardship Day with Ag + Open Space
Friday, August 26, 2022. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
FREE. Pre-registration is required.

Location: 200 Scenic Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Build community and learn about plants and wildlife during our hands-on work party stewarding vernal pools! Haroutunian South is a special, protected site on the Santa Rosa Plain that is closed to the public. It is 20 acres and has a variety of vernal pool and upland habitat, and is home to two federally listed endangered species. The Laguna Foundation works with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to manage this site and ensure that the unique vernal plants and animals thrive.

We will be clipping Himalayan blackberry that is encroaching on Sonoma sunshine (Blennosperma bakeri) habitat, as well as other maintenance tasks to promote biodiversity in the vernal pool area of the site. And, of course, we'll learn fun facts and share stories about nature throughout the morning - it is a work party, after all. No experience is required. Tools, snacks, and refreshments will be provided!

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

Please note this is an in-person event. All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist.



Fresh Pressed Flowers
Workshop with Jan Lochner
Saturday, August 27, 2022. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$35. Pre-registration is required.

In this make-and-take workshop, local gardener and Laguna Foundation volunteer Jan Lochner will share the simplicity and beauty of the art of pressing flowers. Jan will demonstrate techniques she uses to press and use flowers. We will make various useful items, from bookmarks and cards to window ornaments and refrigerator magnets. All workshop materials and supplies, including flowers, are provided. Participants need only bring an open creative spirit and a smile. Suitable for eight years old and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Join us for this fun , hands-on and informative workshop as Jan shares her secrets of pressing flowers in hopes that you will continue to enjoy this easy and enjoyable art process on your own.

Jan Lochner has been creating note cards from pressed flowers as a hobby for 25 years. She uses color, shape, and texture on fine quality paper, making each hand-made card unique. Her home in Sebastopol is her workshop with the dining room table seldom clear and kitchen cupboards filled with bags and boxes of flowers that she collects from her garden and other local sources.


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September



Opening Reception for New Art Exhibit in Heron Hall!
"Layers: Serenity, Survival and Silence" by Sally Rapelye Briggs
Saturday, September 10, 2022. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
FREE. No RSVP necessary. Light refreshments provided.

Artist Statement: "My paintings and drawings reflect my love of nature. With a close observation of bark, moss, and the sun reflecting magically on the Laguna, my paint brush, my palette knife, and my pencil go into an energetic frenzy! Clouds reflecting on the Laguna or Tomales Bay change every minute in form and color, changing from translucent to opaque in storms. These ever-changing skies often determine the moods of my paintings.

My drawings display my inner calm, and the patience to see and portray meaningful minute details in a pine cone, an oak tree, or an old grape vine. I am forever grateful to be surrounded by all this beauty and hope that we all will take steps to preserve it."

Sally Rapelye Briggs graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1971 with a major in painting. Her paintings, photography, and sculptures/assemblages have been juried into many shows on the East and West US Coasts. She has been awarded numerous awards showing her versatility in her diverse mediums and her sensitivity to and awareness of our fragile surroundings. Sally is also a teacher. Her 49 years teaching kindergarten through college art demonstrate her dedication towards giving her students the ability to visually express oneself. Her motto in class is, “There is no wrong in art! Go for it! EXPLORE!” For more information, please visit her website: SallyRapelyeBriggs.com




Loving this Miraculous World
A Revival of the Oral Tradition of Poetry with Rumi’s Caravan
Saturday, September 24, 2022. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Event fee offered on a sliding scale. Please select an option that reflects you ability to pay:
$10, $20, $30, or Donation of any amount. Pre-registration is required.

Rumi's Caravan is a performance ensemble dedicated to restoring the Soul of the World through the revival of the oral tradition of poetry. For this event, the performers will be Doug von Koss, Kay Crista, Rebecca Evert, and Larry Robinson. This will not be a reading or a slam but, rather, a poetic conversation. Each of the poets has committed a body of poetry to memory and will share the poems spontaneously as the conversation calls them forth. It is not scripted so none of them know what poems might emerge. What the poems will have in common is a love and reverence for this beautiful world in which we have been blessed to be born.

Rumi's Caravan was first assembled in Sebastopol, CA in 2000 as a vehicle to convey our love of the oral tradition of poetry. It is our experience that when poetry – learned by heart and embodied – is spoken, it carries something of Soul with it and is, at once, more apprehensible and more meaningful to the listener than poetry read from a page. Critics have called Rumi's Caravan as “the premier poetry event of the year for the North Bay.” The Caravan is both an event and a performance company. In addition to the annual event in Sonoma County, the Caravan has performed in Oakland, Gualala, Chico, Dunsmuir, and Redding/Mt. Shasta. All proceeds from their performances go to support local community organizations such as the Climate Center, the Siskiyou County Public Library, the Gualala Arts Council, the Ceres Community Project, Youth Speaks, the Middle East Children’s Alliance and others. Perhaps more importantly, Rumi’s Caravan has been part of a growing international renaissance of interest in poetry and story learned and shared by heart. In this small way, they hope to contribute to the restoration of the wholeness of the world. Please visit their website to learn more about this amazing troupe of performers: rumiscaravan.com


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October



 

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Fall Birding Walk at the Laguna de Santa Rosa
Guided Walk with Teresa and Miles Tuffli
Saturday, October 1, 2022. 8:30 am – 11:30 am
FREE. Pre-registration is required.

Location: Laguna de Santa Rosa Trailhead parking lot on the Highway 12 side (NOT the Occidental Road side), located at 6303 CA-12, Sebastopol, CA, 95472

Join Teresa and Miles Tuffli for a fall birding walk exploring the Laguna de Santa Rosa trail. We’ll slowly meander along the mostly flat trail as it winds through open oak savannah, grasslands, riparian woodlands, marshes, and perhaps a pond if time allows. Fall is a terrific time to visit the Laguna -- we'll be on the lookout for the high variety of birds who make the area their home for the fall and winter months. All levels of birding experience are welcome! We'll discuss a variety of topics, such as: getting the most out of your binoculars, techniques for locating birds, what sorts of details to notice when observing a bird, species identification, bird vocalizations, and bird behavior and habitats.

Miles and Teresa Tuffli are avid birders from Sonoma County. They especially love helping fellow nature-lovers and “bird-curious” folks take the next step of getting into the field to enjoy the bird world! They’ve led guided bird walks for the Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival, LandPaths, Marin Audubon Society, and Point Reyes National Seashore Association’s Field Institute. Miles and Teresa also enjoy volunteering their time with many local nature-based organizations. Learn more about them at their website and blog: I’m Birding Right Now.

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

NOTE: Though we’ll be walking slowly, for those with mobility issues, please be aware that we will be on unpaved trails and some slight inclines. Depending on recent rainfall, the trail may be muddy. This is an in-person event. All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist.


 

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Fall Birding Walk at the Laguna de Santa Rosa
Guided Walk with Teresa and Miles Tuffli
Saturday, October 8, 2022. 8:30 am – 11:30 am
FREE. Pre-registration is required.

Location: Laguna de Santa Rosa Trailhead parking lot on the Highway 12 side (NOT the Occidental Road side), located at 6303 CA-12, Sebastopol, CA, 95472

Join Teresa and Miles Tuffli for a fall birding walk exploring the Laguna de Santa Rosa trail. We’ll slowly meander along the mostly flat trail as it winds through open oak savannah, grasslands, riparian woodlands, marshes, and perhaps a pond if time allows. Fall is a terrific time to visit the Laguna -- we'll be on the lookout for the high variety of birds who make the area their home for the fall and winter months. All levels of birding experience are welcome! We'll discuss a variety of topics, such as: getting the most out of your binoculars, techniques for locating birds, what sorts of details to notice when observing a bird, species identification, bird vocalizations, and bird behavior and habitats.

Miles and Teresa Tuffli are avid birders from Sonoma County. They especially love helping fellow nature-lovers and “bird-curious” folks take the next step of getting into the field to enjoy the bird world! They’ve led guided bird walks for the Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival, LandPaths, Marin Audubon Society, and Point Reyes National Seashore Association’s Field Institute. Miles and Teresa also enjoy volunteering their time with many local nature-based organizations. Learn more about them at their website and blog: I’m Birding Right Now.

There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

NOTE: Though we’ll be walking slowly, for those with mobility issues, please be aware that we will be on unpaved trails and some slight inclines. Depending on recent rainfall, the trail may be muddy. This is an in-person event. All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist.


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California Native Plants Sale and Open House
with Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
Saturday, October 8, 2022. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
FREE. Suggested donation $5 - $20. Please RSVP for this free event so that we can contact you if the open house is canceled due to excessive heat or smoke.

Planting season for California native plant gardens is here! Celebrate this autumnal change at the Laguna Environmental Center (LEC) while learning about California native plants. Shop for new additions to your garden from our nursery shared with the Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and join us in the LEC landscape, at 11:00 am or 12:00 pm, for a guided walk where we will share ways you can grow and support a native plant garden in your own backyard. Heron Hall will be open to visitors to see our new Heron Hall art exhibit: “Layers: Serenity, Survival, and Silence” by Sally Rapelye Briggs.

Pre-registration is for the open house only; no registration is needed to attend the plant sale. We are proud to offer this event in collaboration with our local CNPS partners. Thank you for supporting our combined plant sale and open house, while nurturing local wildlife habitat in your own backyard.

Please Note: The gate will open promptly at 10:00 am, please do not come early. No dogs are allowed onsite (service dogs are ok). We do not allow animals to be left in vehicles, as shady parking spots are not available. If you buy plants, please bring your own box to take them home with you.




Coiled Willow Basket
With Charlie Kennard
Saturday, October 16, 2022. 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
$110. Pre-registration is required.

We will learn how to split and trim willow to prepare weaving threads, and then begin a trinket basket, with a foundation of whole willow. Participants can choose whether to use a gap stitch or close weaving. Charlie will supply us with his own gray and purple willows, grown in Marin. Gray willow is also found in the Laguna de Santa Rosa and other parts of Sonoma County.

Participants should bring a sharp pocket knife, small wire clippers and a water bowl. Please bring a lunch to the workshop.

Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional basketry techniques of the world, and believes that through knowledge of, and love for localized ecology and cultures, we will safeguard all. He has taught for the Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Fibershed in Point Reyes Station, and for continuing private groups. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the Bay Model in Sausalito, Lake County Museum, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden Charlie has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in wildlife habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.


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For more information, contact Carlos Barragan, Environmental Educator
(707) 527-9277 xt. 110 or by email at Carlos.Barragan@LagunaFoundation.org

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