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Nature Journaling at the Laguna
Workshop and field trip with Marley Peifer
Sunday, November 18th 1-5pm
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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.
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.
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District protects land in Sonoma County and LandPaths connects you with that land. This program is made possible though a partnership between the District and non-profit partner LandPaths. It is sponsored by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax, and is coordinated & guided by LandPaths.