Laguna Environmental Center to offer new events

posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:25 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 2:31 PM ]

September 2017
Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at or at least start from, the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

Weaving Memories and Laguna Stories

Reflections on Learning to Weave Baskets with Local Elders and on Sustaining the Tradition Today
Presentation with Clint McKay (Wappo/Pomo)
Thursday, September 7, 7:00-8:30 pm
Join us to hear Clint McKay reflect on his early memories of learning basket-weaving traditions, native plants, and other wisdom from his elders in the Sebastopol Laguna area. Through stories and personal experiences, Clint McKay will reflect on the gifts, spiritual lessons, and weaving traditions he learned from weavers like Mabel McKay, Laura Somersal, and other Pomo and Wappo elders.

$10 (non-refundable). Pre-registration required.

Full-Moon Exploration of Irwin Creek and Lower Stone Farm

Natural History Walk and Picnic with Kevin Munroe
Friday, September 8, 5:00pm-8:30pm
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 hors d'oeuvres, dessert and hot drinks! On this 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.
$30. Pre-registration required.

Sustaining Groundwater Resources

Presentation with Marcus Trotta
Thursday, September 14, 7:00-8:30 pm
Join us for this overview of groundwater resources in the Santa Rosa Plain, the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. Learn about the recently enacted statewide Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which requires that groundwater resources are managed sustainably in order to avoid intervention by the State. The groundwater system beneath the Santa Rosa Plain provides numerous benefits to the region, including rural residential and municipal water supplies, irrigation water for agriculture, and baseflow to streams and surface water bodies.
$12 (non-refundable).
Pre-registration required.

Form & Color: It's Wild Out There

Photography by Dave Strauss

New Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Saturday September 16, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm
Join us to celebrate a new art exhibit in Heron Hall this fall, photography by Dave Strauss, on display September 5, 2017, through January 3, 2018. The opening reception on Saturday, September 16, is a great opportunity to meet the artist. Drinks and light snacks provided. Exhibit details coming soon to our art exhibits web page. FREE.
More details here.

Wings, Wine, and Wetlands

A Benefit for the Laguna Foundation
Sunday, September 24, 3:00-6:00pm
This all new event is the Foundation’s most important fundraiser and vital to the success of our mission to restore the Laguna and to inspire public appreciation and stewardship for this Wetland of International Importance. Enjoy the amazing bounty of our spectacular Laguna: fine wine and champagne, unique brews, and delicious edibles from our local farms and restaurants. Come enjoy interactive outdoor activities to learn more about the spectacular Laguna. Plus, enjoy a live auction featuring wild adventures. $125.
Tickets available now.

Drawing Autumn Colors: Colored Pencil Techniques

Workshop with Nina Antze
Saturday, September 30, 10:00am-3:00pm
Spend a peaceful, meditative day at the Laguna Environmental Center learning and practicing different colored pencil techniques from a wonderful botanical artist and instructor, Nina Antze. Working with a variety of summer fruits, berries, rose hips, pods, and autumn leaves found around the Center's landscape, we will learn to create vibrant color using blending, layering and burnishing techniques while incorporating the basics of botanical drawing. $95.
Pre-registration required.

Or contact Anita Smith, Public Education Manager
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
(707) 527-9277 x 110,