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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.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA.

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


Celebrating Fall with Nature Journaling
4 Week Session Workshop with Angela Zocco Sturr
Three Saturdays in November: 5, 12, 19, AND Saturday, December 3, 2022. 10:00 am – 11:30 am
$85. Pre-registration is required.

Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA and Laguna Uplands Preserve, 6700 Palm Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Slow down and refresh your spirit by spending time in nature. Engage all your senses to create colorful journal pages using words and watercolor. Topics of interest will be bird migration, adaptations for survival, and the water cycle. See the world with new eyes and discover the richness that is the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

The 4 workshops will be split between two locations. One being the Laguna Environmental Center with the native garden and incredible views as the points of interest. The other location will be the Laguna Uplands Preserve; a hidden gem within the city of Sebastopol that has been stewarded by the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and it’s partners for over 20 years. With the large bird activity at the LEC and the evidence of badgers at the Uplands Preserve there is a surplus of exciting opportunities for incredible journal entries.

About the Artist: Angela Zocco Sturr has taught art and ceramics from her Sebastopol studio for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and shows her work locally.

As a longtime docent of the Laguna Foundation's Learning Laguna program, she trained for numerous outdoor education programs and completed the UC Naturalists program to become a California Naturalist. As a participant in the citizen science program, Beach Watch, she also gathers data monthly on South Salmon Creek beach.

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The Slow Water Movement: A Talk with Erica Gies, Author of "Water Always Wins"
Saturday, December 10, 2022. 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
FREE. (Suggested Donation $5 – $15) Pre-registration is required.

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

Nearly every human endeavor on the planet was conceived and constructed with a relatively stable climate in mind. In this presentation, Author Erica Gies will give a talk on the research that went into her book as well as how new climate disasters remind us every day, our world is not stable. Increasingly severe and frequent floods and droughts inevitably spur calls for higher levees, bigger drains, and longer aqueducts. But as we grapple with extreme weather, a hard truth is emerging: our development, including concrete infrastructure designed to control water, is actually exacerbating our problems. Because sooner or later, water always wins.

In this quietly radical book, science journalist Erica Gies introduces us to innovators in what she calls the “Slow Water Movement”, who start by asking a revolutionary question: What does water want? Using close observation, historical research, and cutting-edge science, these experts in hydrology, restoration ecology, engineering, and urban planning are already transforming our relationship with water.

About the Author: Erica is the author of Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge, and an award-winning, independent journalist who covers science and the environment from Victoria, British Columbia, and San Francisco, California. Also a National Geographic Explorer, her work appears in the New York Times, Scientific American, Nature, Ensia, The Economist, bioGraphic, National Geographic, and other outlets.

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Laguna Stewardship Day: Meadowlark Field, Sebastopol Wetlands Preserve
Saturday, December 10, 2022. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
FREE. Pre-registration encouraged.

Location: Meet at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail parking lot, Sonoma County Regional Parks 6303 Highway 12, Sebastopol, CA

Join us for this fun and meaningful way to volunteer while enjoying the outdoors in the Sebastopol Laguna Wetlands Preserve.  Help us continue to steward this amazing property with over 20 years of ongoing habitat restoration projects!

PLEASE NOTE: Bring a friend! Bring the kids! (Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) No experience is necessary; tools and training are provided. Please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist. Only heavyrain cancels.

This activity is being made possible by contributions from Sonoma County Ag+Open Space.

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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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