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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.



Cordage-Making Materials and Techniques
Workshop with Charlie Kennard
Saturday, December 11. 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
$100. Pre-registration required.

This event is sold out - Please join the waitlist.

Spend a day working with your hands and learning one of the fundamental skills in basketry and other fiber arts in the peaceful setting at the Laguna Environmental Center. String and rope are made from various parts of many native and non-native plants, taking on distinctive appearances, fragrances and strengths. We will learn about the different types of fibers, process a variety of plants used by California Indians and others, and use several techniques to make cordage with them. Never be at the end of your rope again!

Please note: This workshop is suitable for adults and teenagers. This workshop will follow all current Sonoma County COVID-19 safety guidelines; unvaccinated participants must wear a mask. All cordage-making materials are included in the registration fee. Participants should bring a small water bowl, pocket knife and scissors. Please bring snacks and a lunch to be eaten outside the Hall if desired. Hot water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional basketry techniques. He has taught for the Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, the Laguna Center in Santa Rosa and in many schools and at teacher trainings. 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 native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.

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Winter Color: Branches, Leaves and Winter Fruit
Colored Pencil Techniques workshop with Nina Antze
Saturday, January 29, 2022. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
$90. Pre-registration required.

Although we think of winter as a monochrome season, the dormant Laguna landscape is full of soft colors waiting to be discovered in the dried grasslands, bubbling creeks, and lush wetlands. Explore the textures, markings, and colors of winter branches, dying leaves, acorns, dried berries, fruit, and other last vestiges of the season along with any signs of emerging spring.  Working with colored pencils, learn to create lovely and interesting browns and grays and even greens using blending and layering techniques, incorporating the basics of botanical drawing while enjoying the warmth of Heron Hall. All levels are welcome.

Please Note: Participants must wear a mask indoors. Please bring snacks and a lunch to be eaten outside. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Nina Antze is a Sonoma County botanical artist and quiltmaker. She has a degree in Fine Art from San Francisco State and a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. She teaches colored pencil and botanical workshops throughout the Bay Area. Learn more about Nina at her website.

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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

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