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Community Education
Walks, Talks & Classes

December

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The Laguna Foundation is proud to collaborate with local biologists, artists, educators, herbalists, naturalists, and partner organizations to offer a wide range of natural and cultural history workshops, walks, presentations, and classes 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.

We are in an unprecedented period of uncertainty with regard to the coronavirus (COV-19) pandemic that is affecting families, workplaces, schools, businesses, and all other facets of life in communities from Sonoma County to across the world. Here at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, we are adjusting our operations to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, service vendors, and visitors.

We look forward to resuming in-person programs once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please browse our selection of recorded webinars from this spring, and check back for future online programs to enjoy while sheltering in place. For family-friendly activities, check out our Laguna Explorers summer program and activities you can do at home through Learning Laguna Magnified.

 

December





A Stunning Visual Tour of Native Wildflower Meadows
Webinar with Rob Badger and Nita Winter
Partner Program with Daily Acts, April Owens of Habitat Corridor Project,
and CNPS Milo Baker

Tuesday, December 1, 6:00pm – 7:30pm.
Free. Pre-registration required.

Recipients of the Sierra Club's 2020 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, Rob and Nita, will join us for a presentation that highlights their findings in the book titled "Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change."

Rob and Nita will take you behind the scenes on their 27-year journey capturing images of wildflowers throughout California using unique field techniques. For the budding photographer, this is an amazing chance to learn from the pros! Through a series of photographs and stories, they'll seed inspiration for the astounding beauty of California wildflowers and native meadows.

Following the presentation, we will host a Q&A session for the authors and will be joined by additional guests April Owens of the Habitat Corridor Project and the California Native Plant Society and Allison Titus of the Laguna Foundation. After soaking up the mesmerizing beauty of native California flora, our panelists can answer questions about how you can design and install a native wildflower meadow as an alternative to high water-use landscapes.





Working Lands of the Laguna Watershed
Panel Discussion hosted by the Laguna Foundation, Sonoma RCD,
and Sonoma Ag + Open Space
Thursday, December 3, 5:00 – 6:15pm.
Free. Pre-registration required.

Working lands are an important part of the character, history, and culture of the Laguna de Santa Rosa; we are fortunate to have a healthy farm and ranch economy that provides an abundance of local food as well as beautiful rural scenery. Join the Laguna Foundation, Sonoma Ag + Open Space, the Sonoma RCD, and featured panelists Misti Arias of Sonoma Ag + Open Space, Doug Beretta of Beretta Family Dairy, and Stuart Schroeder of SRJC’s Shone Farm for a discussion on the role of working lands, family farming, and critical connections to the natural lands in the Laguna de Santa Rosa, and foster your own appreciation and understanding of this important part of our watershed and community.

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.





Kayaking the Laguna
Webinar with Allison Titus, Community Education Manager
Wednesday, December 9, 2:00pm – 3:00pm.
Free. Pre-registration required.

There’s no better way to appreciate the unique role of the Laguna de Santa Rosa than to embark on a kayak adventure! However, due to the Laguna’s dynamic nature, it can be hard to plan a successful kayaking trip. When does the Laguna fill with enough water? What are the best conditions and how can you track them? What routes do we recommend? During this webinar, Community Education Manager Allison Titus will discuss the Laguna’s critical role in slowing floodwaters to the lower Russian River as well as share resources, tips, and tricks for exploring the Laguna by boat.

Allison Titus bridges conservation and education as the Community Education Manager at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. She plans, manages, and leads outings for a robust public education program that serves over 1,300 people across the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed every year. Additionally, she is an experienced sea kayak instructor. After completing a two-week sea kayaking outdoor leadership course in Alaska in 2014 and receiving her Wilderness First Responder certification, she worked as a kayak guide for the UCSC Recreation Department leading groups in Monterey Bay. She also worked for five years leading week-long expedition sea kayak tours in Tomales Bay for incoming freshmen for the UCSC Wilderness Orientation program.

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.


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Cancellation Policy


If you are registered for an event and need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible so that others may attend. Cancellations received more than 30 days in advance of the event date will receive a refund minus a $10.00 processing fee. Cancellations made between 30-7 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.

Non-Refundable Fee


Events that cost $20 and less are non-refundable (except in case of our canceling for inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances, in which case we will issue full refunds). This is due to administrative costs and processing fees associated with online registration services such as Eventbrite. Thank you for your understanding and for your interest and support of our programs!

 


 

For more information, contact Allison Titus, Community Education Program Manager
(707) 527-9277 xt. 110 or by email at Allison@LagunaFoundation.org.

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