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Educational Resources
A Source of Ideas and Activities for Laguna Explorers of All Ages


Webinars | Learning Laguna Magnified | Publications

There are many ways to learn about the Laguna and connect to nature right from your own home! Enjoy one of our previously aired webinars. Gather the kids, step outside and try some of the activities described in the Learning Laguna magnified articles. We are also sharing publications that you can print at home and take along during your next outing. And, have a look at our Earth Day, Every Day flyers for empowering actions you can take to reduce air, land and water pollution in our watersheds.

 

Webinars


Vernal Pools of the Santa Rosa Plain
A Virtual Panel Discussion

Original air date: Thursday, April 8, 2021

Dive into the unique biology of vernal pools with this presentation by local experts. Why are vernal pools so special and what is being done to protect them? Where can you see them in the Laguna de Santa Rosa? Kandis Gilmore, Michelle Halbur, and Trish Tartarian will highlight the endemic pollinators, native flora, and the endangered California Tiger Salamander found in vernal pools of the Santa Rosa plain. We will end by discussing land protections and conservation of vernal pools in the Laguna watershed.


Botany for Beginners
Webinar with Caprice Disbrow, Botanist and Instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College

Original air date: Thursday, March 25, 2021

Think of your favorite flower. What is it about that plant that you love? Can you describe those lovely parts botanically? Whether you call it botany, plant science, or plant biology, this field is one of the world's oldest natural sciences. In this presentation, you'll learn about the basic plant anatomy of flowering plants. What clues and patterns do flowers give us that help us understand their relationships? Tune in to learn to recognize, name and describe some of the amazing botanical structures and forms you love! We will also highlight and learn how to identify some common native wildflowers in open space in the Laguna watershed that you can see this spring.


Early Career Conservationists of Sonoma County: Mentors Panel Discussion
A Virtual Panel Discussion

Original air date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Finish the Early Career Conservationist series by hearing from conservation and education professionals in Sonoma County who support early career environmental leaders. The Laguna Foundation is proud to bring together Sasha Berleman, Ph.D. (Audubon Canyon Ranch), Kathleen Marsh (Ag + Open Space), Jamie Nakama (LandPaths) and Neal Ramus (Sonoma Land Trust) for a discussion moderated by Margaret Boeger (Pepperwood Preserve) on tips for building a green career and the role of mentorship in environmental work. From young staff members, to teen program participants, to community volunteers - these panelists improve our planet for future generations by empowering people to take action and progress in their work, communities and world.


Early Career Conservationists of Sonoma County: Early Career Climate Leaders
A Virtual Panel Discussion

Original air date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Laguna Foundation is proud to host Christine Byrne (Sonoma Water), Connor DeVane (Daily Acts),  Devyn Friedfel (Pepperwood Preserve), and Janina Turner (The Climate Center) for this candid discussion moderated by Allison Titus (Community Education Manager at the Laguna Foundation). These early-career environmental leaders work to address climate change in different ways in Sonoma County. How did they enter the environmental field, and what inspired them to take action on climate in their careers? Join us for an inspiring and honest conversation with these young professionals working for a better future. 


Early Career Conservationists of Sonoma County: Women in Conservation
A Virtual Panel Discussion

Waterfowl of the Laguna de Santa Rosa & the Pacific Flyway
Webinar with Dave Barry

Migración: cómo conectan el mundo los pájaros (Migration: How Birds Connect the World)
Programa bilingue en Español e Ingles (Bilingual Program in Spanish and English)

Inseparable: Water, Wetlands, and Life
Webinar with Anne Morkill, Executive Director, and Christine Fontaine, Director of Education

Birding to Beat the Winter Blues Series Event: Breaking into Birdwatching
Webinar with Miles and Teresa Tuffli

Birding to Beat the Winter Blues Series Event: Bird-Noticing and the Power of Attention
Online Q&A with Jenny Odell, New York Times Bestselling Author

Kayaking the Laguna
Webinar with Allison Titus, Community Education Manager

Working Lands of the Laguna Watershed
Panel Discussion with the Laguna Foundation, Sonoma RCD, and Sonoma Ag + Open Space

A Stunning Visual Tour of Native Wildflower Meadows
Webinar with Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Photographing Wildfire
Webinar with Jerry Dodrill

 

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Learning Laguna Magnified


Our Learning Laguna school program has been teaching 2nd-4th grade students about the Laguna ecosystem since 1999. Through both a docent-led classroom visit and Laguna field trip students come to know and appreciate their home environment. Here are some of the fun learning activities we use with the kids to deepen their connection to the natural world.

Vol. 1 - Explore three easy and instant activities you can do solo or with your whole family, inside and outside.

Vol. 2 - Simple tips and techniques for starting a nature journaling practice of your own. This activity can also help kids practice their scientific observation skills every day!

Vol. 3 - Nurture your child's innate sense of curiosity and wonder by venturing into the world of birds!


 


Publications


Birds Checklist for the Laguna de Santa Rosa (2nd Edition)
A Laguna Foundation publication, edited by Lisa Hug with illustrations by John Muir Laws.

We invite you to download and print out a copy of our best selling Birds Checklist for the Laguna de Santa Rosa. This bird guide is the perfect place to record and keep track of all your Laguna bird sightings throughout the year. The checklist includes seasonal abundance and breeding status for 229 species that have been observed utilizing Laguna habitats.

Hard copies of the Birds Checklist can also be purchased from our online store.


 


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