Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2016 Schedule


All About Owls! Special Open House
with our friends and live owls from The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County
Saturday, July 9, Noon-2:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
FREE, donations greatly appreciated. No RSVP required.

Join us anytime from Noon to 2:00pm to learn all about amazing owls! Learn which species of owls we have in the Laguna watershed and super cool facts about their natural history. See LIVE OWLS up close and personal, and hear stories about these educational ambassador owls from the good folks at The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County. Our friends from the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue will also be with us with information about their Barn Owl Maintenance Project. There will be activities for children, educational displays, as well as tours of the Laguna Environmental Center offered. Enjoy viewing Heron Hall's beautiful new art exhibit by the Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Group, and peruse the Laguna Foundation's Gift Shop. The children's playscape and picnic tables are available (with a view!).

At 3:00pm that same afternoon, The Hungry Owl Project will be giving a presentation in Heron Hall. Details and registration (required) for that presentation are listed below.


Owls Rule the Night!
Presentation with Suzanne Mirviss and Star Dewar of The Hungry Owl Project
Saturday, July 9, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

$10 per person (non-refundable). Pre-registration required (below).
Due to the popularity of this talk, we are requiring pre-registration. 

We are lucky if we hear their calls at night. Maybe we catch a flutter of wings, or the flash of a shape against the evening sky. Yet the elusive owl, because of its super abilities, is a masterful hunter and a celebrity of the animal world. In this presentation, we will discuss the owl’s extraordinary vision and hearing, and its silent flight, as well as how their presence keeps nature in balance and what we need to do to protect these extraordinary creatures. The finale will be a visit with the Hungry Owl Projects’ ambassador owls.

The Hungry Owl Project strives to reduce the need for harmful pesticides and rodenticides by encouraging natural predators, through conservation of habitat and erecting nesting boxes when appropriate, education and research, and resources for information on alternative methods for sustainable pest management. Suzanne Mirviss is the Education Coordinator for the Hungry Owl Project, and is a frequent presenter. Star Dewar has been affiliated with the Hungry Owl Project for several years and has been a docent at the Marine Mammal Center, Administrator for Kenwood Wildlife, and is currently a bird rehabilitator for the Bird Rescue Center. For three decades, she has been presenting wildlife education programs around the region.

Please note that the $10 fee is non-refundable.


From Earth to Art: Making Art Supplies from Natural Materials
Workshop with Ane Carla Rovetta

Saturday, July 16, 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$85. Pre-registration required (see below). For adults 18 years and up.

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 20 years.  Students will make four unusual natural paints. We will also try using soils chalks, historic inks, and baked charcoals that Ane Carla made. 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 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, storyteller-extraordinaire, and uses native plants and historic recipes to create art. Trained as a Zoologist, she was a field researcher for 12 years and gained unique insights into California’s unusual flora and fauna. Ane Carla combines art and science in stories, paintings, and handmade art materials. An illustrator since 1978, she has illustrated 6 books and countless scientific articles and periodicals. Her art studio is a funky chicken coop, outside all city limits!


Coiled Willow Basket Workshop with Charlie Kennard
Sunday, August 14, 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$80. Pre-registration required (see below).

Enjoy a delightful day full of hands-on learning in Heron Hall and around the peaceful Laguna Environmental Center grounds with master weaver, Charlie Kennard. We will learn how to split and trim willow to prepare weavers, and then begin a Paiute-style trinket basket, with a foundation of whole willow. Participants can choose whether to use a gap stitch or close weaving, and may introduce some redbud weavers for color. Participants bring a sharp knife and water bowl, as well as a lunch, otherwise all workshop materials are provided.

Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM), Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Model in Sausalito, the Oakland Museum, and our own Heron Hall. You can also visit a basketry plant garden he has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.


Irwin Creek and Lower Stone Farm Exploration
Natural History Walk with Laguna Foundation Staff and Guides
Saturday, August 20, 8:30am-Noon
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$10 per person (non-refundable).  Pre-registration required (below).

Join us for this leisurely morning amble across the picturesque hay field to Irwin Creek, and across Sanford Rd. to quiet Lower Stone Farm and the Laguna channel, an area not usually open to the public. On this 1.5 to 2 mile walk over mostly flat but uneven terrain we’ll explore the beautiful area’s animal and plant life and learn about the history of Stone Farm and the on-going collaborative restoration work that’s bringing back a thriving ecosystem!  We’ll start out in Heron Hall with coffee/tea and light morning snacks. Participants are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy back at the Laguna Environmental Center after the walk. Join Laguna Foundation staff and Guides to learn about the biologically-rich wonders of this special area within our midst.  



Drawing Summer’s Fruits: Colored Pencil Techniques
Workshop with Nina Antze
Saturday, August 27, 10:00am-3:00pm

Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$85. Pre-registration required (see below).

Come out to the Laguna and draw the last fruits of summer - little pears, berries and other delights from the gardens here at the Laguna Environmental Center. Maybe even an end-of-summer rose. 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.

Nina Antze is a Sonoma County botanical artist and quiltmaker. 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.


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

  • Laguna Watershed talk with Dr. Wendy Trowbridge, September 22
  • Joan Humberstone Memorial Photography Exhibit, Opening Reception, October 8
  • Full-moon Irwin Creek and Lower Stone Farm walk, October 15
  • Climate Change and the Laguna: North Bay Climate Ready Highlights, Presentation by Dr. Lisa Micheli, November 12
  • Talks about botany, geology, anthropology, hydrology
  • Talks about reptiles, arachnids, bats, and 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 Manager, (707) 527-9277 x110 or


CANCELLATION POLICY:  If you are registered for an event and need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible. Cancellations received more than 14 days in advance of the event date will receive a refund minus a $10.00 processing fee.  Cancellations made between 14-7 days in advance will receive a 50% refund.  We are sorry but refunds cannot be given on cancellations made less than 7 days in advance.  Please also note that we often need a minimum number of participants to conduct most events.  If the Laguna Foundation needs to cancel the event for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible (at least 1 day prior to the event) and you will receive a full refund.

NOTE: $10 events are non-refundable. We're sorry, but due to significant processing fees associated with online registration services such as PayPal, we are unable to refund cancellations for $10 events.