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Community Education
Walks, Talks & Classes

April | May | June

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 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.

We are in an unprecedented period of uncertainty with regard to the COVID-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 and other activities on our Educational Resources page, and check back for future online programs.


April



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SOLD OUT - Vernal Pool Exploration: Sebastopol Meadowfoam at the Laguna Trail
Saturday, April 17. 9:00am – 11:00am.
FREE. Pre-registration required.

Location: Laguna de Santa Rosa Trailhead parking lot on the Highway 12 side (NOT the Occidental Road side), located at 6303 CA-12, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Join us to look for a reintroduced population of rare Sebastopol Meadowfoam in vernal pools this spring! Our restoration team saw hundreds of blooms return to the Laguna last spring after we planted the area with seeds from our native plant nursery - but will the dry conditions prevail? We will also discover other botanical delights of vernal pools, talk about ongoing restoration efforts on this land, and brush up on our flower identification skills along the way.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an in-person outing. All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Masks and social distancing will be required and participants will have their temperature checked upon arrival. This event will be limited to 10 participants per current group gathering requirements. Finally, please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist.

There is no charge for this event, 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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Earth Day 2021: Restore Our Earth
Family Scavenger Hunt at Laguna Uplands
Thursday, April 22. 3:30pm – 6:30pm.
FREE. Pre-registration required.

Location: Laguna Uplands Preserve, 6700 Palm Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Explore the beautiful Uplands Preserve with your family, help with restoration, and win prizes! With sweeping views of the Santa Rosa plain and easy access from Sebastopol, there’s no better place to spend time together this Earth Day. Register for a time slot between 3:30 and 6:30pm on Thursday afternoon and come to Laguna Uplands to complete the hunt. Your participation in the scavenger hunt activities will help us restore and steward this special site through completing tasks like removing invasive plants and watering. Our docents and staff will be available to answer questions and lend out helpful naturalist tools. 

PLEASE NOTE: Only one ticket is needed per family unit. Please complete one registration only in the time slot you prefer. A family unit is up to 4 attendees; if your family has more members, please complete an additional registration. This is a self-guided, in-person outing. All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Masks and social distancing will be required and participants will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Finally, please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to a family on the waitlist.

There is no charge for this event, 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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May


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SOLD OUT - Vernal Pool Exploration: Tiny Green Mysteries at Tomodachi Park
Saturday, May 1. 9:00am – 11:00am.
FREE. Pre-registration required.

Location: Tomodachi Park in Sebastopol, 6665 Sebastopol Avenue

The showy flower species of vernal pools often have the spotlight but vernal pools also host unique endemic species we call “tiny green mysteries”. Take a closer look at the botany of vernal pools and get to know some of the less common and fascinating water-adapted plants found at Tomodachi Park in Sebastopol. You’ll start to notice more different tiny green plants than you ever thought possible and amaze your friends with your botanical knowledge!

There will be limited walking off-trail during this event. We require wearing long pants and a long sleeve shirt for protection from sun, grass, and ticks. We recommend rain pants or pants you do not mind getting wet and rain boots - there will be frequent kneeling and crouching to look at small plants.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an in-person outing. All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Masks and social distancing will be required and participants will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Finally, please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist. 

There is no charge for this event, 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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SOLD OUT - Beginners Bird Walk at the Laguna de Santa Rosa
Guided Walk with Teresa & Miles Tuffli
Saturday, May 15. 8:30am – 10:30am.
FREE. Pre-registration required.

Location: Laguna de Santa Rosa Trailhead parking lot on the Highway 12 side (NOT the Occidental Road side), located at 6303 CA-12, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Calling all new birders and bird-curious folks! Are you new to birdwatching or just curious to try it out? Then join us for a beginners 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 a pond.

We want to help and inspire bird-curious beginners to get out and appreciate the bird world. Don't be shy if you've never birded before - that's what we're here for! We’ll start with a tutorial on using binoculars and an introductory discussion about birding. As we explore the area, stopping frequently to study the birds we encounter, we’ll discuss a variety of topics, such as: 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.

Please note this is an in-person outing. All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Masks and social distancing will be required and participants will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist. 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.

There is no charge for this event, 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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June


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Nature Journaling at Laguna Uplands
Workshop with Marley Peifer
Saturday, June 5. 9:00am – 11:00am.
FREE. Pre-registration required.

Location: Laguna Uplands Preserve, 6700 Palm Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Enjoy the beautiful view at Uplands Preserve and take a mental health break by indulging in a new practice connecting nature, art, and science. We will create sketches and take notes of our encounters with the land using pencils, ink, and watercolors in a supportive and small group setting. By the end of the class you will have sharper eyes, better nature awareness, and a beautiful journal documenting your experience. No prior art experience is necessary! This workshop will take place entirely outdoors. Total walking will be at most 1 mile on flat but uneven terrain. A complete list of supplies to bring will be sent upon registration, including sketchbook and watercolor field palette. This outing is suitable for adults, but open to families with children 10 years and above, if the children are comfortable outdoors and self-motivated and focused around learning in nature.

Marley Peifer lives in Sebastopol where he practices gardening, wildlife tracking, and painting. He longs for a reintegration of art with science and words with images, a synthesis that he develops in his journaling. Nature journaling has been a fundamental practice for Marley ever since he discovered how it ignited his other interests and accelerated his learning.

Please note this is an in-person outing. All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Masks and social distancing will be required and participants will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist.

There is no charge for this event, 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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Vernal Pool Work Party
Stewardship Day with Ag + Open Space
Saturday, June 26. 9:00am – 12:00pm.
FREE. Pre-registration 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. We will be clipping Himalayan blackberry that is encroaching on Sonoma sunshine (Blennosperma bakeri) habitat as well as doing 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is an in-person outing. All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Masks and social distancing will be required and participants will have their temperature checked upon arrival. No experience is necessary; training and tools will be provided. Best suited for ages 10 and above; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Finally, please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist.

There is no charge for this event, 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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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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