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Community Education
Walks, Talks & Classes

MAY | JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER


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: Heavy smoke, excessive heat, or heavy rain cancels outdoor 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 wait-list.

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

For more information, contact Christine Fontaine, Director of Education, at (707) 527-9277 xt. 102 or by email

May



Introduction to Native Bees
with Kandis Gilmore
Saturday, May 25, 2024. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
$35. Registration required.

Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA

Did you know that California is home to over 1,600 different species of bees? While most of us are familiar with the introduced European Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, and can probably recognize a bumble bee or carpenter bee, there is a wide diversity of bee species living in our gardens and natural landscapes, just waiting to be discovered and observed.

Join entomologist, Kandis Gilmore, for a workshop about native bees. We will start in the classroom setting with an overview of how to identify the major bee families in California. In the afternoon we will observe bees in their natural settings as we explore the gardens and natural areas around the Laguna Foundation. The instructor will demonstrate how to safely handle bees for catch-and-release viewing. We will gather indoors again to view our live bees and compare them to pinned specimens and field guides.

Instructor Bio: Kandis Gilmore is broadly trained in organismal biology and ecology. She has worked as a field assistant in the rocky intertidal, oak woodlands, and vernal pool grassland ecosystems. She received her Master's of Science degree from Sonoma State Biology Department in 2017. Her master's thesis research focused on pollinators of three of Sonoma County's endemic and endangered vernal pool plant species Blennosperma bakeri (Sonoma sunshine), Limnanthes vinculans (Sebastopol meadowfoam, and Lasthenia burkei (Burke's Goldfields). Kandis serves on the Board of Directors of Conservation Works, and served as president of the Pacific Coast Entomological Society during 2020-2021.

She enjoys participating in biodiversity outreach events, spending time outdoors with her family, and is currently learning to play the ukulele.


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Accessible Event: Spring Birding
with I'm Birding Right Now
Sunday, May 26, 2024. 8:30 am – 10:30 am
FREE. Registration required.

Location: Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA

An inclusive bird walk led on accessible paths and spaces, to accommodate individuals with mobility challenges.

This is an inclusive birding program led on our Native Garden's paths and open spaces. We want to emphasize that this event is meant to accommodate our community members who have always wanted to go birding but have felt limited due to lack of accessibility! Please spread the word to your friends and family members who may be interested!

All experience levels are welcome. Beginners are encouraged - 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, 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.

Note: Please be aware that we will be on flat but unpaved gravel paths.

Instructor Bio: 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. Learn more about them at their website: 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.


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Spring Birding
with I'm Birding Right Now
Sunday, May 30, 2024. 8:30 am – 10:30 am
FREE. Registration required.

Location: Lower Stone Farm, 625 Sanford Road Santa Rosa, CA

With spring comes an increase in noticeable bird activity as many birds begin to sing and pair up for their breeding cycle. We’ll slowly meander along the mostly flat trail, winding through open oak savannah, grasslands, riparian woodlands, and marshes.

All experience levels are welcome. Beginners are encouraged - 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 enjoy 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.

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.

Instructor Bio: 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. Learn more about them at their website: 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.


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June


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Spring Birding
with I'm Birding Right Now
Sunday, June 8, 2024. 8:30 am – 10:30 am
FREE. Registration required.

Location: Lower Stone Farm, 625 Sanford Road Santa Rosa, CA

With spring comes an increase in noticeable bird activity as many birds begin to sing and pair up for their breeding cycle. We’ll slowly meander along the mostly flat trail, winding through open oak savannah, grasslands, riparian woodlands, and marshes.

All experience levels are welcome. Beginners are encouraged - 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 enjoy 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.

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.

Instructor Bio: 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. Learn more about them at their website: 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.


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September



Laguna Guides Training
12-hour training course begins Thursday, September 19, 2024. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$45. Registration Required.

Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA

Join the Laguna de Santa Rosa Education Team - Become a Laguna Guide this Fall!

Help the Laguna Foundation community events thrive! We offer a wide range of presentations, outings and workshops all year long to deepen our appreciation for the Laguna de Santa Rosa, connect with nature, and inspire a vibrant community dedicated to lifelong learning.

These educational and outreach events are not possible without volunteer support! At each event, Laguna Guides are needed to help with a variety of tasks including: engaging participants and sharing about the Laguna, program set-up of tables and chairs, direct parking, take merchandise sales, clean-up, and help build enthusiasm and appreciation for the Laguna de Santa Rosa, a Wetland of International Importance. Guides not only help support the events, but they have the opportunity to attend those events for free!

2024 Training schedule (12–hour commitment):

  • "Meet the Laguna Watershed" training on Thursday, September 19, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Training inside Great Blue Heron Hall on Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Training outside at Irwin Creek on Saturday, September 28, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Lunch is provided.

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November



Lisa Rogers’ EcoPrint with Leaves
Saturday, November 2, 2024. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
$110.00. Registration Required. This class is limited to 10 participants!

Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA

This workshop will cover different techniques, including tannins and iron and pounding leaf prints on paper, Hapa Zome. We will take a 45 minute lunch break while pieces simmer away. Participants will create their leaf print designs on a pre-mordanted silk piece. It can be used as a scarf, runner or wall hanging. This piece measures approximately 11" X 60”.

No materials or experience needed. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and instruction.

Instructor Bio: Lisa Rogers is the creator and owner of SlowDigz. She previously worked as a science and garden educator and began following a creative path with natural dyeing. Lisa learned about ecoprinting, printing leaves on fabric and paper, over a decade ago. She fell in love with the process of obtaining prints from nature, which sparked a fire that led to over a decade of experimentation and research through books, workshops and numerous fails. Leaving full time teaching, this passion became the small business, SlowDigz, Eco Designs, where Lisa shares her passion and love of nature through botanical prints.


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For more information, contact Christine Fontaine, Director of Education
(707) 527-9277 xt. 102 or by email at Christine@LagunaFoundation.org