Nature Journaling at the Laguna

                                              Workshop and field trip with Marley Peifer 

                                                        Sunday, November 18th 1-5pm







                                                          Please scroll down to register! 


Do you want to experience nature with fresh eyes? Do you want to notice, understand, and remember more of the vibrant world around you? This fun class will teach you the tools used by greatest naturalists of all time. Using pencils, ink, and watercolors, we will create sketches and take notes of our encounters with the fascinating biodiversity of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. In this class, we will assemble the most powerful tool-kits for learning about nature. Following in the footsteps of Audobon, Humboldt, and Darwin, we will re-unite art and science in a creative synthesis that is fun, functional, and aesthetically engaging. By the end of the class you will have sharper eyes, better nature awareness, and a beautiful journal documenting your experience. You will also posses the tools and mindset necessary to pursue a life-long learning adventure. Begining and ending at Heron Hall, most of this workshop will take place outdoors at the Laguna Environmental Center and carpooling to a nearby location along the Laguna. Total walking distance will be 1-2 miles on mostly flat but uneven terrain. Snacks and hot drinks will be provided in the morning. Participants should bring their own lunch. A complete list of supplies to bring will be sent upon registration, including sketchbook and water color field palette. This workshp is suitable for adults, but open to families with children 10 years and above, if children are comfortable outdoors and self-motivated and focused around learning in nature. Rain cancels, and our backup rain date is next Sunday, November 25. 


Marley Peifer lives in Sebastopol where he practices gardening, wildlife tracking, and painting. He longs for a reintegration of art with science and words with images, a synthesis that he develops in his journaling. Nature Journaling has been a fundamental  practice for Marley  eveer since he discovered how it ignited his other interests and accelerated his learning. 



 Please arrive by 12:45 am to allow for enough time for parking and check in. Great Blue Heron Hall at the Laguna Environmental Center: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 – at the intersection with Occidental Road. Please park in designated parking areas away from Heron Hall (it’s a short walk to the hall). Beginning and ending at Heron Hall, most of this workshop will take place outdoors at the Laguna Environmental Center and carpooling to a nearby location along the Laguna.

Details, details:

  • Please arrive by 12:45 am to allow for enough time for parking and check in. 
· We will have your name on the registration list. No printed ticket is needed.
· You will be asked to sign a liability waiver at the beginning of the workshop.
· Walking will be over short distances (up to ~2 miles max), but on uneven and possible muddy ground.
· We will provide hot drinks and snacks in Heron Hall during check-in and the intro presentation.
· This event is suitable for ages 10 and up -- minors must be accompanied by an adult.
· Because this is a natural history-related walk, please leave pets at home.
· Wear comfortable, variable weather, layered clothing
· Wear sturdy sneakers or lightweight boots (open-toed shoes are not appropriate for this outing). Some areas we go may be muddy.
· Water bottle and a snack
· Sketchbook. 8.5X11” minimum. At least 75lb paper but slightly heavier paper preferred. Wire-bound.
· Pencil: 1 Cheap mechanical pencil with eraser. 0.5 or 0.7 size lead HB
· Ballpoint Pen: 1 Cheap “Pilot Precise V5” black pen or other similar.
Recommended Investments:
· Waterbrush: 1 “Pentel Aquash” waterbrush, size large or medium.
· A shoulder bag or messenger bag to carry your supplies in (much better than a backpack).
· A watercolor field palette. I recommend the palette offered by John Muir Laws: A cheaper alternative to start would be the Winsor and Newton Cotman Sketcher’s Pocket Box


RAIN CONTINGENCY: If we get rain, please know that rain cancels, and we will try again the following Sunday, November 25. If the forecast on Saturday is calling for rain on Sunday, we will email you with our plan. You can also call (707) 527-9277, ext. 110 on Saturday night to see what our plan is. 


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