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Community Education
Walks, Talks & Classes


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 that all in-person outings follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Heavy smoke, excessive heat or heavy rain cancels in-person 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 waitlist.

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




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Fall Birding Walk at the Laguna de Santa Rosa
Guided Walk with Teresa and Miles Tuffli
Saturday, October 8, 2022. 8:30 am – 11:30 am
FREE. Pre-registration is required.

This event is sold out. Please join the waitlist.

Location: Laguna de Santa Rosa Trailhead parking lot on the Highway 12 side (NOT the Occidental Road side), located at 6303 CA-12, Sebastopol, CA, 95472

Join Teresa and Miles Tuffli for a fall 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 perhaps a pond if time allows. Fall is a terrific time to visit the Laguna -- we'll be on the lookout for the high variety of birds who make the area their home for the fall and winter months. All levels of birding experience are welcome! We'll discuss a variety of topics, such as: getting the most out of your binoculars, 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.

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.

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. This is an in-person event. All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist.

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California Native Plants Sale and Open House
with Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
Saturday, October 8, 2022. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
FREE. Suggested donation $5 - $20. Please RSVP for this free event so that we can contact you if the open house is canceled due to excessive heat or smoke.

Planting season for California native plant gardens is here! Celebrate this autumnal change at the Laguna Environmental Center (LEC) while learning about California native plants. Shop for new additions to your garden from our nursery shared with the Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and join us in the LEC landscape, at 11:00 am or 12:00 pm, for a guided walk where we will share ways you can grow and support a native plant garden in your own backyard. Heron Hall will be open to visitors to see our new Heron Hall art exhibit: “Layers: Serenity, Survival, and Silence” by Sally Rapelye Briggs.

We are proud to offer this event in collaboration with our local CNPS partners. Thank you for supporting our combined plant sale and open house, while nurturing local wildlife habitat in your own backyard.

Please Note: The gate will open promptly at 10:00 am, please do not come early. No dogs are allowed onsite (service dogs are ok). We do not allow animals to be left in vehicles, as shady parking spots are not available. If you buy plants, please bring your own box to take them home with you.

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Green Herons Beginner Bird-A-Thon Walk
Hosted by Point Blue with the Laguna Foundation
Sunday, October 9, 2022. 8:30 am – 10:30 am
FREE. Registration required.

Join Anne Morkill, Executive Director of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, and Lishka Arata, Point Blue Senior Communications Coordinator, for a beginner bird walk as part of Point Blue's 44th Annual Rich Stallcup Bird-A-Thon co-hosted by the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. Join us and our conservation partner to learn about the positive impact of habitat restoration while learning how to identify our feathered indicators of environmental health: birds! We will definitely search for the often elusive, solitary Green Heron along the water's edge.

This family-friendly beginning birder outing is open to all and will include a tutorial for those who want to gather in nature and learn more about birding and conservation science.

This is a Point Blue event, one of many part of their annual 2022 Rich Stallcup Bird-a-Thon.

Please Note: For more information on this event, meeting location, and what to bring, please visit the online event page at EventBrite.

Coiled Willow Basket
With Charlie Kennard
Sunday, October 16, 2022. 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
$110. Pre-registration is required.

This event is sold out. Please join the waitlist.

We will learn how to split and trim willow to prepare weaving threads, and then begin a trinket basket, with a foundation of whole willow. Participants can choose whether to use a gap stitch or close weaving. Charlie will supply us with his own gray and purple willows, grown in Marin. Gray willow is also found in the Laguna de Santa Rosa and other parts of Sonoma County.

Participants should bring a sharp pocket knife, small wire clippers and a water bowl. Please bring a lunch to the workshop.

Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional basketry techniques of the world, and believes that through knowledge of, and love for localized ecology and cultures, we will safeguard all. He has taught for the Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Fibershed in Point Reyes Station, and for continuing private groups. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the Bay Model in Sausalito, Lake County Museum, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden Charlie has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in wildlife habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.

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Laguna Stewards at Colgan Creek
Saturday, October 22, 2022. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
FREE. Pre-registration is required.

Join us as we continue our restoration efforts for this wonderful location! Come out and join us in restoring the natural beauty of this waterway. Lower Colgan Creek was straightened and confined into a grass-lined concrete channel decades ago. After multiple workdays and two highly successful Stewardship days earlier in the year, this section of Colgan creek now has young trees and plants growing into a thriving ecosystem. We will be clearing any trash from the site, removing invasive species, and removing hardware from around the young trees. Our partners in the City of Santa Rosa have already put efforts into restoring a natural meander to the creek. We are excited to tend to the young native plants that will restore the ecological health of the waterway.

PLEASE NOTE Minors must be accompanied by an adult. No experience is necessary; tools and training are provided. We will be walking about three quarters of a mile off-trail on flat but uneven ground to the project site. Please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist. Heavy rain cancels.

Most of the funding for this project comes from an Urban Creeks Renewal Program grant from the California Natural Resources Agency and includes other funding from the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County Ag + Open Space. The Laguna Foundation will be responsible for the revegetation component. Thank you for your ongoing support!

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Hoot n' Hoot: Night of Nocturnal Creatures!
Thursday, October 29, 2022. 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
FREE. Pre-registration is required.

Hoot n’ Howl: ¡Noche de Criaturas Nocturnas!!
Viernes, Octubre 29, 2022. 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
GRATIS. Se requiere registro.

Join us on this evening of mystery & adventure as we search for creatures of the night and learn about the nocturnal animals of our home. All while we create spiders, ghosts, and bats out of the plants that surround us and play games around the grounds. Stay for the experience of watching our bats fly out at dusk and for the treats that we will share! We can’t wait to see you!

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.

¡Comparta esta noche de misterio y aventura con nosotros! Buscaremos criaturas nocturnas y aprenderemos sobre los animales nocturnos de nuestro hogar. Todo mientras creamos arañas, fantasmas y murciélagos usando las plantas que nos rodean y jugamos dentro de nuestro jardín por el atardecer. ¡Quédese para vivir la experiencia de ver volar a nuestros murciélagos al anochecer y disfrutar de las delicias que compartiremos! ¡Los esperamos aquí!

No hay cargo por este evento, que es posible gracias a los votantes del condado de Sonoma que financian el trabajo de Ag + Open Space con un impuesto sobre las ventas de un cuarto de centavo.

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For more information, contact Carlos Barragan, Environmental Educator
(707) 527-9277 xt. 110 or by email at Carlos.Barragan@LagunaFoundation.org

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