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Laguna Foundation Public Education Events

2016 Schedule

Farm to Art to Table: Watercolor Workshop with Donna DeLaBriandais
A day of painting still life farm produce that will be prepared for a delicious, light lunch
Saturday, September 10, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$85. Pre-registration required (see below).

Join us for this wonderful and special watercolor workshop. We’ll begin the day in light-filled and lovely Heron Hall where Donna will demonstrate and guide you with drawing and watercolor techniques as you work on still life paintings of fruits and vegetables from the gardens at the Laguna Environmental Center and other local farms. While you’re painting, similar produce will be crafted into a delicious, light, vegetarian lunch by volunteers right there in the Heron Hall kitchen. After lunch, you can continue your still life painting inside or go out into the native plant and flower gardens around the Laguna Environmental Center to paint. The workshop fee includes a light vegetarian lunch. Participants provide their own art supplies (a suggested list of what to bring will be sent upon registration). All levels welcome, from beginning to experienced painters, adults and teens 15 years and older.  

Donna DeLaBriandais is a native of Sonoma County and a long-time artist and instructor through the Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education and various art centers. Her creative classes are in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and drawing.  She exhibits her paintings in galleries and open studios. She has also exhibited her artwork in Heron Hall at the Laguna Environmental Center. Learn more about Donna and view her artwork on her website.


Birders: The Central Park Effect – Private Screening to benefit the Laguna Foundation
An Evening with Filmmaker Jeffrey Kimball
Thursday, September 15
Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol, 6868 McKinley Avenue, Sebastopol, CA
6:00pm Reception with Mr. Kimball -- Wine and local, organic appetizers will be served.
7:00pm Screening of Film with Question & Answer Session
$75 All Events, including Bonus Bird Migration Walk & Talk
(see below)
$25 Screening, Question & Answer Only

Tickets may be purchased at the Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol and online here.

Join us for an extraordinary film about the wild birds that find safe haven in Central Park, and equally about their attitude-rich, binocular-wielding admirers who adapt their own rhythms to the migrations of their colorful friends. While filmmaker Jeffrey Kimball grew up in Marin County and always loved animals, he did not develop his passion for birds until he moved to New York City. There, in Central Park, he became fascinated with the question of how wildlife survives in an urban environment. He is now a dedicated birder and cinematographer. Mr. Kimball serves on the Board of Point Blue Conservation Science.

*Bonus Bird Migration Walk & Talk on Sunday, September 25, 8:30am -- for $75 ticket holders only.
We will see migrating birds of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and hear about their incredible journeys. Meeting location: Laguna Environmental Center, Santa Rosa, CA.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Bev Scottland, Director of Development, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation at (707) 527-9277, ext.106 or email:


The Watershed Report: Laguna Watershed Year in Review
Presentation with Dr. Wendy Trowbridge, Director of Restoration and Conservation Science
Includes a Locavore Feast
(featuring drinks and delectable preparations of invasive species!)
Thursday, September 22 (the Equinox), 5:00-7:30pm
Location: Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(non-refundable; includes dinner, drinks, and the talk). Pre-registration required (see below).

Join us for this very special Equinox dinner and presentation, and help us celebrate the start of a new water year! It has been an interesting year in the Laguna watershed with continued dry conditions despite the return of El Niño.  Have you ever wondered – Is the drought over yet? Whatever happened with that El Niño we heard so much about? How is our groundwater doing? How did our vernal pools do in the drought? Will this year bring another El Niño? What is being done to ensure that our water use is sustainable? How are the oaks in our watershed impacted by Sudden Oak Death? When are you guys going to get rid of that Ludwigia? Is global warming here yet? How much hotter is it that it used to be? Are our salmon and steelhead recovering from the drought? What is going on with otters in the Laguna? What can I do to help the Laguna and the watershed?

Come drink beer and eat delicious invasive species and find out the answers to these questions and more! Arrive at 5:00pm for drinks and hors de oeuvres. The talk will begin at 5:30pm. Our sunset dinner will begin around 6:30pm, followed by dessert and door prizes. We will have locally-sourced turkey carnitas (and vegetarian option), salad, and local beer (wine and non-alcoholic drinks available as well). Bring a pie to share and get a raffle ticket for great door prizes! Bring a pie made from invasive species (e.g., blackberry) and get two tickets!

Dr. Wendy Trowbridge became our Director of Restoration and Conservation Programs in January 2015. She is a wetland plant ecologist who has worked in a variety of systems from the Sacramento River to Ruby Lakes in Northern Nevada to rangelands in Western China. She got her PhD at UC Davis as part of a multidisciplinary study of riparian restoration on The Nature Conservancy's Cosumnes River Preserve. For 10 years she was research faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno where her research focused on invasive species, wetland communities and aquatic food webs.


Curd Cheese Basket Workshop with Charlie Kennard
Saturday, October 1, 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 make southern Italian-style fiscelle (curd drainers) of rush (Juncus), that leave the basket’s impression on the curd cheese—including the unusual iris diaphragm pattern of the bottom. We will also enjoy a ricotta salata. A quick weaver may be able to use his or her own basket for a cheese on the same day! This type of twined-weave basket was made by shepherds while pasturing their flocks. Basket-making materials are included in the registration fee. Participants bring their own lunch. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided, as well as the delightful ricotta salata made by Charlie.

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.


Full-Moon Exploration of Irwin Creek and Lower Stone Farm
Natural History Walk and Picnic with Laguna Foundation Executive Director, Kevin Munroe
Saturday, October 15, 4:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$15 per person (non-refundable).  Pre-registration required (below).

Join us for this special full-moon evening adventure, including a picnic dinner alongside the Laguna in an area not usually open to the public. Bring your own picnic, and we'll provide the dessert and hot drinks! 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. Suitable for adults and youth 9 years old and up (children must be accompanied by an adult). We'll also focus on the critters large and small that come out at dusk and the plants used in restoration work that support wildlife, water quality, and us all. Starting in Heron Hall with a brief presentation, we'll head out for a leisurely amble across the picturesque hay field to Irwin Creek, and across Sanford Rd. to quiet Lower Stone Farm and the Laguna channel, where we'll enjoy our picnic dinners. We'll start heading back after sunset, keeping our ears and eyes open for resident owls, coyotes, egrets, river otters, mink, frogs, bats and any other emerging evening wildlife. Back at cozy Heron Hall, we'll enjoy yummy dessert and hot drinks. Only heavy rain cancels (in which case, you'd receive a full refund). Details sent upon registration.

Kevin Munroe joined the Foundation staff in August of 2015. Kevin developed his passion as a naturalist in early childhood and subsequently transformed this interest into a rich career that includes conservation resource management, restoration, and environmental education. Among his recent accomplishments has been leading a 50-acre wetland restoration project within Huntley Meadows Park, a well-known park in Fairfax County's Potomac River Watershed, roughly 12 miles NE of Washington, D.C. In his diverse career, Kevin has excelled in building community partnerships, diversifying fundraising activities, and working with a variety of public and private agencies that include the Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Services, the Audubon Society, and more.


Climate Change and the Laguna: North Bay Climate Ready Highlights
Presentation and Discussion with Dr. Lisa Micheli
Saturday, November 12, 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).

Have you ever wondered how climate change may impact the Laguna? Dr. Micheli will demonstrate how to use a new Climate Smart Watershed Analyst to visualize how climate may vary in the coming years at the scale of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. Come learn about the North Bay Climate Ready project, specific projections for the Laguna, and how you can support local climate adaptation efforts in concert with public agencies and local citizens. Hot tea and light snacks will be provided.

Dr. Micheli has over 25 years experience applying her technical, policy, and fundraising expertise to the design and implementation of ecological restoration, research and education programs.  She completed her graduate studies at UC Berkeley as a NASA Earth Systems Research Fellow in 2000 and now focuses her research on relationships between watershed health and biodiversity.  She is the co-chair of the Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3), a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Bay Area climate adaptation research initiative.  She joined Sonoma County’s Pepperwood Foundation in October of 2009 as its first Executive Director.


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

  • Joan Humberstone Memorial Photography Exhibit, Opening Reception, October 8
  • Mountain Lion presentation with Felidae Conservation Fund, October 27
  • Narrow Gauge Railroad History presentation with Dr. Mara Vejby, November 3
  • Sonoma County Agricultural History presentation with Dr. Mara Vejby, December 1
  • Papermaking workshop with Jane Ingram Allen, December 3 and 4
  • Ducks Day Open House, January 14, 2017
  • Waterfowl presentation and walk with Dave Barry, January 14 and 15, 2017
  • Photography workshop with Susan and Neil Silverman, January 26 and 28, 2017
  • Cordage Making workshop with Charlie Kennard, February 4, 2017
  • Nature Journaling with Watercolors workshop with Kristin Meuser, February 18, 2017
  • Talks about botany, geology, anthropology, reptiles, arachnids, bats, and butterflies
  • Laguna hikes and natural history explorations
  • 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.

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